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NFF+HBF Fall selection 2020

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

Chocobar, a documentary by Argentine director Lucrecia Martel revolves around the death of indigenous activist Javier Chocobar by a white landowner. His death appeared on YouTube and the documentary reveals the 500 years of ‘reasons’ that led to his fatal shooting, both with a gun and a camera, contextualizing it in the land tenure system that has shaped Latin America. The film is an Argentinian, US, Danish and Dutch co-production, with Dutch co-production partner Lemming Film.

In feature film Centre of the Earth by Gabriel Mascaro we follow Teca, a 79 year old woman who, after surviving a global pandemic discovers that she will have to move away from her family to live in a purpose built village for the over 70’s in order to protect the plans for economic prosperity in the region. Centre of the Earth is a Brazilian, Mexican and Dutch co-production, with Dutch co-production Viking Film.

NFF+HBF Co-Development Scheme

For the sections HBF Bright Future Selection and HBF Voices, six other projects were selected by the Netherlands Film Fund in order to receive a project development grant as part of the NFF+HBF Co-development Scheme:

  • Los Angeles, Cristóbal León/Joaquín Cociña, Chile
  • Les fresques des oubliés, Amédée Pacôme Nkoulou, Gabon/France/Netherlands
  • Mongrel, Wei Liang Chiang, Singapore/Taiwan/France
  • Tremble Like A Flower, Pathompon Mont Tesprateep, Thailand
  • Ze, Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir, Mongolia/France/Netherlands
  • Canciones perdidas de reinos distantes, Kiro Russo, Bolivia


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.

Image: Centre of the Earth by Gabriel Mascaro