Hubert Bals Fund

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International Film Festival Rotterdam
P.O. Box 21696
3001 AR Rotterdam
The Netherlands 

Tel: (+31) 10 890-90-90

Fax: (+31) 10 890-90-91


Support Provided

The Hubert Bals Fund is designed to bring remarkable or urgent feature films by innovative and talented filmmakers from developing countries closer to completion. The HBF provides grants that often turn out to play a crucial role in enabling these filmmakers to realize their projects.

Annually, the Hubert Bals Fund has close to €1.2 million at its disposal and is able to make individual grants of up to €10,000 for script and project development, €20,000 for digital production, €30,000 for post-production, €10,000 for workshops or €15,000 towards distribution costs in the country of origin.


Selection rounds take place twice a year, with application deadlines on March 1 and August 1.

Additional Programs:

Hubert Bals Fund Plus
Additionally, in order to offer Dutch producers the possibility to get involved more often in international productions, and to support the ‘Hubert Bals Fund projects’ in the stage of actual production, the Hubert Bals Fund Plus has been set up by the Dutch Film Fund and the Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Since 2006 the Dutch Film Fund has annually made € 200.000 available for the Hubert Bals Fund Plus. Applications can be granted with a maximum of € 50.000.

Training, workshops, the Hubert Bals Fund Award

The Fund can support training initiatives for filmmakers all over the world. Workshops have been supported in for instance Ethiopia, Vietnam and Costa Rica. In Armenia, India and the Philippines, the Hubert Bals Fund has participated in co-production meetings. On these occasions, Hubert Bals Fund Awards are granted to the most promising film projects.

Hubert Bals Fund supported films at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and Dioraphte Award
Each edition, the International Film Festival Rotterdam screens a large part of the year's harvest of completed films supported by the fund. Hubert Bals Fund supported films may be selected in Competition or in the main sections Bright Future, Spectrum or Signals.
Every Hubert Bals Fund supported film screening in the festival is eligible for the Dioraphte Award of 10.000 Euro. The winning film will be the one receiving the highest ranking in the audience votes.

Hubert Bals Fund supported films at major international film festivals
Over the years, the interest for HBF supported films steadily increased. Many international film festivals keep a close eye on completed HBF supported films and select them for their programmes. Each year, HBF supported films are screened at, among others, the Cannes, Venice, Locarno, Toronto and Pusan film festivals.

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