Jan Vrijman Fund names grant recipients

The Jan Vrijman Fund (JVF), an initiative of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), has granted €212,000 (just over US$279,000) to 20 projects.
March 22, 2012

The Jan Vrijman Fund (JVF), an initiative of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), has granted €212,000 (just over US$279,000) to 20 projects.

The JVF provides grants to independent documentary makers from developing countries, and covers individual film projects as well as projects that promote local documentary production and distribution in general. The fund also plays an advisory role.

The fund selection committee, which included IDFA director Ally Derks and VPRO commissioning editor Barbara Truyen, selected six projects for script and project development, eight projects for production and post-production and six for festivals and/or workshops. The fund considered 401 projects from more than 40 countries.

The script and project development grant recipients are:

The Cleaner by Sarah Lamrini, Morocco
- GITI – The Paradise in the Hell by Yves Niyongabo, Ruanda
- Buddha of Africa by Nicole Schafer, South Africa
- Kashmir: Beyond the Line of Control by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Pakistan
- The Marble Cow by Enrique Colina, Cuba
- Anonymous project

The production and post-production recipients are:

- Logs of War by Hawa Essuman and Anjali Nayar, Kenya
- The Devil’s Lair by Riaan Hendricks, South Africa
- Zaineb Hates the Snow by Kaouther Ben Hania, Tunisia
- United Red Army by Naeem Mohaiemen, Bangladesh
- Char – The Island Within by Sourav Sarangi, India
- Shall I Adopt or Confront by Siti Ariani Muflikhah, Indonesia
- Selection: Who will be a Gurkha by Kesang Tseten Lama, Nepal
- Whose Country by Mohamed Siam, Egypt

The grants for other activities have been awarded to:

- K-DOX Workshop, Rutagungira Didier, Ruanda
- Trigger Pitch, Indian Documentary Foundation, India
- International Documentary Film Festival ‘Santiago Alvarez in Memoriam’, ICAIC, Cuba
- Baghdad International Film Festival, BIFF, Iraq
- Two anonymous projects

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