IBF Europe Selection


IBF Europe Selection 2018

To stimulate the collaboration between independent European producers and producers from the global south, IBF Europe offers production and distribution support to projects from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and parts of Eastern Europe that are realized through international co-productions with a European producer.

In 2018 for the Co-production category the Fund received 33 proposals from 12 European countries. Of all the applications, 6 projects received production support. For the Distribution category the fund selected 3 documentaries to be distributed in 9 different territories such as the USA, France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Macedonia and different Arab countries including Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Morocco, Palestine and Jordan.

International Co-Production Support

Aswang by Alyx Ayn G. Arumpac, Philippines/Norway/France

When men turn up dead, the old folks whisper of the aswang, a shape shifting beast from folklore. In the city, bodies pile up and lives entwine as the state wages a brutal war against drugs and crime.

Between Two Wars by Alina Gorlova, Ukraine/Latvia

Story of one big kurdish family from Syria, spread by the world because of war, shown through the perspective of its young son Andriy.

Children of las Brisas by Marianela Maldonado, Venezuela/France

Eight years in the making. Four children dream of becoming classical musicians in Venezuela, a country on the brink of collapse. Can music save them?

Kabul, City in the Wind by Aboozar Amini, Afghanistan/Japan/The Netherlands/Germany

A bus driver and two brothers struggle to keep their heads above water in Kabul, a city still regularly struck by terrorist attacks.

The Mole Agent by Maite Alberdi, Chile/The Netherlands/USA

Romulo, a private investigator, must study a retirement home where residents might be victims of abuse. To this end, he trains Sergio, an 86-year-old man, to become a Mole Agent.

Watch Over Me by Farida Pacha, India/Switzerland/Germany

A palliative care team visits homes of terminally ill patients to help them come to terms with the inevitability of death.

Distribution Support for International Co-productions

Amal by Mohamed Siam, Egypt/Lebanon/France/Norway/Denmark/Germany

Amal, an angry teenager, comes of age in post-revolution Egypt. She realizes how limited her choices are being a young female living in an Arab police state.

Dreamaway by Marouan Omara, Johanna Domke, Egypt/Germany

Dreamaway follows a group of young Egyptians, working in the terror-attack-shaken tourist hub Sharm El Sheikh.

Kinshasa Makambo by Dieudo Hamadi, DRC/France/Switzerland/Germany/Norway

Three young activists are fighting for political change in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But the incumbent President refuses to relinquish power.

Geographical Spread

The stories for the selected projects are taking place and have a director from the countries Afghanistan, the Phillippines, Venezuela, Egypt, Ukraine, India, Chile and the DRC.
Total awarded amount: € 330,00

The Selection Committee

IBF Europe co-production round:

Martichka Bozhilova (producer Agitprop)

Mikael Opstrup (Head of Studies at EDN)

Min-Chul Kim (filmmaker, producer Minch & Films and post-production supervisor)

Adriek van Nieuwenhuijzen (Head of Industry IDFA)

Isabel Arrate Fernandez (Managing Director IDFA Bertha Fund)

IBF Europe distribution rounds:

Andrea Hock (Director tv sales Autlook Filmsales)

Anne Vierhout (Managing Director Cinema Delicatessen)

Peter Jaeger (Commissioning Editor Jaeger Creative)

Stefan Kloos (Founder Kloos & Co. Medien)

Isabel Arrate Fernandez (Managing Director IDFA Bertha Fund)

Mélanie de Vocht (Project Manager IDFA Bertha Fund)

International Co-production

6 Projects

€ 240,000

Distribution for

3 projects

€ 90,000

Women filmmakers

Female directors: 6 (60%)

Female producers: 13 (48%)

In total: 19 women / 18 men