Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Hubert Bals Fund supports Past Love, Karma Police

Two Thai projects are among the 29 titles selected for support in the Spring 2010 round by the Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Both receiving support for script and project development are Past Love by Lee Chatametikool and Karma Police by Visra Vichit-Vadakan.

Past Love is being developed as the feature directorial debut by Lee, an award-winning film editor who had a hand in shaping past Rotterdam Tiger Award-winners Mundane History by Anocha Suwichakornpong and Wonderful Town by Aditya Assarat. His latest editing work, Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Remember His Past Lives (supported by the Hubert Bals fund), premieres next week at the Cannes Film Festival. Produced by Anocha, Past Love has previously tried for funds at the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF). It's drama that culminates during the 1997 Asian financial crisis and more about Past Love can be found in the HAF project PDF.

Visra, a filmmaker and student schooled at Stanford and New York University, has previously done the short films Rise and In Space and Fall, which have been featured at IFFR and other festivals, including the World Film Festival of Bangkok.

Other Southeast Asian filmmakers receiving Hubert Bals support are the Philippines' Lav Diaz for post-production and final financing on Agonistes, The Myth of Nation and John Torres for digital production help on Lukas nino.

Malaysia's Sherman Ong is getting script and project development aid for Betok.

The complete list is at the IFFR website. The 40th IFFR will runs from January 26 to February 6.

Update: Film Business Asia has the rundown on all the Asian projects supported, including the first East Timor Production Workshop, which is aimed at starting an independent film culture.

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