Hubert Bals Fund Announces Grants for Film Projects from Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Nicaragua


The Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has announced the 2019 selection of its HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support scheme supporting six international film projects, four of them from four Latin American countries: Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Nicaragua. Each project will be awarded a grant of €50,000 through the conduit of their European co-producers.

The supported Latin American projects are Blanquita, the third feature film by Chilean director Fernando about an 18-year-old woman who becomes a key witness of a high-profile sexual scandal and turns into a feminist martyr to some, and a villain to others; Nicaraguan filmmaker Laura Baumeister’s debut feature-film project La hija de todas las rabias about an eight-year-old girl, who struggles to survive in the poverty-stricken realms of Nicaragua; The Intrusion by Brazilian filmmakers Flore Dias and Juruna Mallon, which places its focus at the 35,000 workers supporting the operation of one of the busiest airports in Brazil; and La piel pulpo, the second feature film by Ecuadorian filmmaker Ana Cristina Barragán telling the story of a set of 14-year-old twins living on a beach, forced to move to the city for the first time.