At the 27th jury session of the World Cinema Fund (WCF), jurors recommended contributing to the funding of 10 film projects, including You Will Die at Twenty, a feature film directed by Amjad Abu Alala (Sudan) and co-produced by Transit Films (Egypt) and Die Gesellschafft DGS (Germany).
The fund comes as part of the Berlinale's WCF Africa, which grants funding for projects from Sub-Saharan Africa, an initiative that was launched in 2016 thanks to additional funding from the German Federal Foreign Office, the Berlinale's official press release states.
The funding amounts to 49,000 euros.
According to the Berlinale press release, "Since its establishment in October 2004, the WCF has awarded production and distribution funding to a total of 183 projects chosen from 3,241 submissions from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia, the Caucasus, as well as from the countries Mongolia, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka."
"All WCF-funded films produced to date have screened in cinemas and/or the programmes of renowned international film festivals, and are evidence of the initiative’s worldwide success.
"The jury members are film scholar and curator Viola Shafik (Germany / Egypt), documentary producer Marta Andreu (Spain), distributor and producer Jan De Clercq (Belgium), and WCF project manager Vincenzo Bugno. For WCF Africa, they are joined by the additional jurors Jahman Oladejo Anikulapo (Nigeria), a journalist, film critic, author and actor; and Dorothee Wenner (Germany), the Berlinale delegate to Sub-Saharan Africa."
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