IDFA Bertha Fund Europe: International Co-Production

Institution: IDFA, Bertha Foundation

Overview

The IDFA Bertha Fund Europe stimulates the collaboration between independent European producers and producers from developing countries by supporting the production and distribution of documentaries realized through co-productions.

Through two different categories the program offers support to creative documentaries made by filmmakers from Africa, Asia, the Middle-East, Latin America and parts of Eastern Europe, that use strong visual treatments to tell compelling stories and have the potential to reach a global audience.

International co-production: This category is for documentary projects that have a director from a developing country and are realized through international co-productions, in which at least one European and one non-European producer is involved. Projects can be in any stage of production. The application has to be submitted by the European co-producer and should involve a creative element, like a key crewmember or postproduction service, from Europe.

Who can apply

Applicants:

  • a production company located and active for at least two years in a country participating in the MEDIA sub-program and owned (directly or by majority participation) by nationals from such countries
  • the producer must show a track record in documentary production and international co-production

Projects:

  • should be creative documentaries with a minimum length of 60 minutes with international distribution potential
  • should be in the production phase
  • should be finalized no later than in 2016 (this has to be reflected in a realistic time schedule of the project)
  • should be by filmmakers who are nationals of a country as defined on the DAC-list of the OECD and primarily live and work in that country
  • should be shot in one of the countries as defined on the DAC-list
  • should have at least one producer in a country on the DAC-list (not a member of Eurimages and not part of the MEDIA sub-program countries) and one based in the MEDIA sub-program countries
  • the share of the co-producer(s) coming from countries participating in the MEDIA sub-program must amount to a minimum of 20% at the time of first payment and cannot exceed 70%
  • the co-production structure should be reflected in a co-production agreement

Funding available

The contribution for international co-production per project is 40,000 euros.

Eligible candidates

Types of funding available

  • Development and Production Support
  • Post-production
  • Pre-production
  • Production
  • Project Development

Applications accepted from