As of 2011, the HBF has joined forces with IFFR's CineMart and Binger Filmlab in organising a special coaching trajectory for HBF-supported projects. With the support of MEDIA Mundus, as of 2012, Boost! welcomes the NFDC of India as a new partner.
What is Boost!?
Each year, five makers of projects selected for HBF Script and Project Development support are offered the opportunity to continue developing their project at Binger Filmlab, as part of the Binger On Demand programme.
At Binger Filmlab, the filmmakers are offered coaching based on the specific needs of the project and filmmaker and focused on the further development of their film projects.
During IFFR, the five Boost! projects will be presented at CineMart, the festival’s co-production market, where they will be offered special pitching and project development sessions prior to having one-on-one meetings at the market with professionals from the film industry.
How do I submit my project for the Boost! trajectory?
You cannot submit your project to Boost! yourself. Boost! projects are selected from the projects already selected for HBF support for Script and Project Development. The selection will be made by Binger Filmlab, CineMart and the Hubert Bals Fund.
What kind of consultancy will be offered by Binger Filmlab?
You will be offered one-on-one script consultancy for a period of three months from an international expert connected to Binger Filmlab. The offered script coaching will be based on the specific needs of the project and the filmmaker. This trajectory includes one visit to Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam (see below), but will mainly take place through conversations through Skype, e-mail or telephone.
Will I have to travel to Amsterdam for Boost!?
Yes, you will have to travel to Amsterdam once for a one-on-one meeting with your script consultant. This will be a few-days visit only. Please note that the expenses for your ticket to Amsterdam may be partly subtracted from the grant that you received from the Hubert Bals Fund for Script and Project Development (a maximum of €10.000).
How will the Boost! projects be presented at the CineMart?
Annually, CineMart of IFFR attracts over 800 film professionals from all over the world. The five Boost! projects will be presented in the CineMart dossier and its makers will be offered one-on-one meetings with the industry delegates that are present. Prior to taking one-on-one meetings at the market, the Boost! projects will be offered special pitching and project development sessions from experts in the field.
If my project were to be selected for Boost!, would I also receive an extra financial contribution for my project?
Only projects that are already selected for a Script and Project Development grant are eligible for the Boost! programme. Apart from a (maximum of ) € 10.000 grant from the HBF, Boost! does not provide a financial contribution to your project. The script coaching trajectory will be offered to you by Binger Filmlab. During IFFR, you will be invited by CineMart to participate in its co-production market. Your flight and accommodation during CineMart will be provided by the festival.
Boost! 2011/12 selection:
Boost! 2012/13 selection:
- Djin - Hawa Essuman (Kenya)
- El 5 de Talleres (The Midfielder) - Adrian Biniez (Uruguay/Argentina/Germany)
- Humidity - Nikola Ljuca (Serbia/Germany)
- Los doláres de arena (Sand Dollars) - Laura Amelia Guzmán & Israel Cárdenas (Dominican Republic/Mexico/France)
- Jomo - Kivu Ruhorahoza (Rwanda/Australia)
The filmmakers of these projects are followed a special trajectory of development and production support stages, starting at Binger Filmlab
as part of the Binger On Demand programme. Here, received coaching based on the specific needs of their projects. Besides financial support from the Hubert Bals Fund, the Boost! projects will either be presented at CineMart
, the co-production market of IFFR, or participate in the Rotterdam Lab
, during the twelve-day festival in January/February.