IDFA Bertha Fund Europe: International Co-Production

Institution: IDFA, Bertha Foundation


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


  • 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


  • 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