Mohamed Rashad's film 'The Settlement' has been awarded the Hubert Bals Fund for Script and Development, an initiative launched in collaboration with the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).
Egyptian-French production The Settlement is among 11 projects selected for the HBF grant given in two categories: 'Voices,' designed for experienced filmmakers, and 'Bright Future', for filmmakers early in their careers.
Falling under the Bright Future category, The Settlement was chosen from 380 applications. Other emerging filmmaker's projects which will benefit from the grant include: ¿Quién mató a Narciso? (Paraguay), The Dam (Sudan/France/Serbia), The Goat Sunday (Kenya/South Africa), Monólogo Colectivo (Argentina) and Usud (Serbia/Netherlands/Luxembourg).
The selected films receive a EUR 9,000 HBF Script and Development grant in both categories.
"The Hubert Bals Fund is designed to help remarkable or urgent feature films by innovative and talented filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe on their road to completion. It provides grants in various categories that often turn out to play a crucial role in enabling these filmmakers to realise their projects," reads the IFFR website.
The 50th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam is scheduled to take place between 27 January and 7 February 2021.
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