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NFF+HBF Fall 2018 Selection

Two grants of €50,000 are awarded to two projects with Dutch co-production partners. The NFF+HBF Co-Production Scheme is a joint initiative by the Netherlands Film Fund and the Hubert Bals Fund.

NFF+HBF Co-production Scheme

Two projects have been selected for the NFF+HBF Co-Production Scheme fall 2018 selection round. Both projects previously received HBF Script and Project Development support in 2017.

The animated documentary Ningdu by Chinese filmmaker Lei Lei, was previously presented at CineMart 2017 and will be co-produced by Dutch Submarine. The story revolves around Lei Lei’s grandfather and his family’s struggles to live through China’s tumultuous political movements of the 1950’s and 1960’s

The Whole-Timers by Nepalese directors duo Pooja Gurung and Bibhusan Basnet will be co-produced by Dutch Circe Films. It is set during the Nepalese Civil War at the beginning of this century and follows 13-year-old Guran, who is a member of the Maoist People’s Liberation Army. Guran lives through the birth of the Nepalese Republic at first hand.

NFF+HBF Co-development

Earlier this autumn, eleven projects were selected by the Hubert Bals Fund for Script and Project Development. The financial support of five of these projects have now been earmarked, and thus their grants will come from the NFF+HBF Co-development Scheme:

Dengue, Prantik Basu, India
From Guiné, Caroline Leone, Brazil
Raja's Early Summer, Zi Gao, China
Eureka, Lisandro Alonso, Argentina/France/Brazil/Netherlands/Germany/Spain/USA
La rosa de cobre, Benjamín Naishtat, Argentina


The NFF+HBF Co-production Scheme (formerly HBF Plus) is a programme of the Netherlands Film Fund and International Film Festival Rotterdam that has been successfully involving Dutch film producers for 12 years with international co-productions already supported by the Hubert Bals Fund. Since 2006, the Netherlands Film Fund has made € 200,000 available each year for the support of four projects.

The NFF+HBF Co-development Scheme annually contributes € 100,000 to the HBF Script and Project Development scheme. This is also a collaboration between the Netherlands Film Fund and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. After the Hubert Bals Fund has selected the projects for the Script and Project Development scheme, the projects among the selection with the most co-production potential will be supported by the NFF+HBF Co-development scheme.

Still: The Whole-Timers