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.
Although the fund looks closely at the financial aspects of a project, the decisive factors to grant support remain the content and artistic value. Since the founding of the fund in 1989, more than a 1,000 projects of independent filmmakers from Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America have received support.
Approximately 80% of these projects have been realised or are currently in production. All projects that were selected by the Hubert Bals Fund over the years can be found in a complete overview at the HBF Archive-page. Every year, IFFR screens the majority of recently completed films supported by the fund.
The Hubert Bals Fund is able to make individual grants in several stages of completion: early on for script and project development or after shooting for post-production.
With the support of the Creative Europe MEDIA programme of the European Union, production support is offered to European co-producers. Dutch producers are eligible for NFF+HBF, in collaboration with the Netherlands Film Fund.