Apply for a film grant from the Rotterdam fund!

Submission deadline: August 1


Apply for a film grant from the Rotterdam fund!

The Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) is an International Film Festival Rotterdam initiative that provides grants to remarkable cinema projects from developing countries in various stages of completion. It hands out financial support twice a year.  

The next application deadline is August 1.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Filmmakers must be a citizen, live and work in a developing country as mentioned in the DAC-List (Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Syria, Jordan…).
  • The film project’s country of development and production should be one of these developing countries.
  • The entry should be original, authentic, and rooted in the culture of the applicant's country.
  • The film project must show artistic qualities.
  • The project should contribute to the development of the local film industry and local filmmaking skills.
  • For the fund to participate in a project, there should be a strong possibility that the rest of the funding can be found. Applicants should therefore already have other interested partners in place.
  • The fund supports feature film or creative, feature-length documentary projects with theatrical potential. (Shorts, documentaries and films specially made for television cannot be taken in consideration.) Creative documentary applications are only accepted for the post-production category. (The Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival's IDFA fund also provides support for documentaries.)
  • Applications should be in English.

The fund provides grants in five 5 different categories: 

  • Script and project development: a maximum contribution for script and project development of €10,000
  • Digital production: funding up to a maximum of €20,000 for the digital production of a feature-length fiction film with a maximum total budget of €100,000. 
  • Post-production funding or final financing: funding up to a maximum of €30,000 
  • Distribution: funding up to a maximum of €15,000 
  • Workshops: funding up to a maximum of €10,000 

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