IDFA Bertha Fund Supports Talents

Press release from IDFA, know several of the projects and people, great choices: For the February selection round of 2014, the IDFA Bertha Fund (previously Jan Vrijman Fund) considered around 300 projects from more than 65 different countries. In total, an amount of € 132,000 was granted to 10 projects. The committee selected three projects for script and project development and seven projects for production and post-production.

The selection committee for this round consisted of Ally Derks (Director of IDFA and IBF), Adriek van Nieuwenhuijzen (Head of Industry IDFA), Denis Vaslin (producer at Volya Films), Steven Markovitz (producer at Big World Cinema) and Elizabeth Wood (Director of DocHouse).


▪                Two Schools Under the Same Roof by Srdjan Sarenac, Bosnia-Herzegovina

▪                Dream in their Eyes by Siddharth Sinha, India 

▪                Thank you, Doctor! by Adilet Karzhoev, Kyrgyzstan

Production and Postproduction

▪                Ukrainian Sheriffs by Roman Bondarchuk & Dar’ya Averchenko, Ukraine (photo) 

▪                The Guitar School by Miriam Menacherry & Maheen Zia, India/Pakistan 

▪                In Praise of Nothing by Boris Mitic, Serbia 

▪                Growing up in Oil by Anabel Cristina Rodriguez, Venezuela 

▪                Kula: A Memory in Three Acts by Inadelso Cossa, Mozambique 

▪                Two Anonymous projects from the Middle East

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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