GRANTING: GFI’s Winter 2012 Grantees Announced!

Newest grant recipients include five narrative feature film debuts from Albania, Georgia, Rwanda, Venezuela and Turkey!

View the trailer of GFI 2012 grant recipient, THE PARDON!

The decisions are in.

We are very pleased to announce that after much deliberation, ten new films have been chosen to receive production funding of up to $10,000 each during the Winter 2012 granting cycle! The grant recipients hail from diverse nations and regions—from Peru’s mountainous countryside to the Philippines’ sandy shores—and include GFI’s first grantees from Croatia, Rwanda and Venezuela! Read the official press release here.

Our decision was in no way an easy one—the winning projects were chosen from one of our most competitive group of applicants yet, representing 43 countries (including a first-time submission from Gambia!). Although we could only provide funding to ten films, we had very strong contenders who’ve demonstrated that this will be a wonderful year of independent film all around the world!

Please join us in congratulating our newest grant recipients, which make up the now 122 films around the world awarded funding through GFI’s Granting Program:

  • THE BRIDGE (OBRANA I ZAŠTITA), dir. Bobo Jelčić, Bosnia & Herzegovina/Croatia
  • *CHICAMA, dir. Omar Forero Alva, Peru
  • *CORN ISLAND, dir. George Ovashvili, Georgia
  • A FOLD IN MY BLANKET (CHEMI SABNIS NAKETSI), dir. Zaza Rusadze, Georgia
  • THE PARDON (IMBABAZI), dir. Joel Karekezi, Rwanda
  • *THE RETURN (EL REGRESO), dir. Patricia Ortega, Venezuela
  • *SHIPS (FERAHFEZA), dir. Elif Refig, Turkey
  • *WILDLIFE (KALAYAAN), dir. Adolfo Borinaga Alix Jr., Philippines
  • WORLD (BOTA), dir. Iris Elezi, Albania

*Denotes honorable mention

The Granting Program awards fifteen to twenty grants of up to $10,000 each, annually, to filmmakers whose works offer diverse interpretations of the human experience. Funds are used to subsidize production or post-production costs of films, and in making these grants, the Initiative supports the development of local film industries and filmmaking talent.

The Global Film Initiative’s next granting cycle is Summer 2012. Applications may be submitted from May 15, 2012 until the submission deadline on July 16, 2012. For more information on applications, eligibility and guidelines, please visit the Global Film Initiative’s website:

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