Heidi Brandenburg & Mathew Orzel’s "When Two Worlds Collide" (ISA: Film Sales Company) is the story of an indigenous Peruvian man and his people, and of the fate of one of our planet’s most valuable natural resources – the Amazon rain forest. The film, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, is the first-ever Peruvian recipient of a grant from the Institute.
It received a post-production grant from the Doha Film Institute following the Dubai International Film Festival in the fall of 2015. The grants program is dedicated to supporting new cinematic talent, with a focus on first- and second-time filmmakers. And, for the first time in its 11 year history, filmmakers from Chile, Peru and Spain received funding from the program. Twenty-four of the projects are from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, while six are from the rest of the world.
"Rey" (King) by Niles Atallah (Chile)
In 1860, a French lawyer dreamed of becoming the King of Patagonia – and he did just that. Or so it seemed.
As in several previous sessions of the grants program, powerful projects from Argentina secured funding. Milagros Mumenthaler’s Swiss/Argentinian film "The Idea of a Lake" is about a photographer who undergoes a personal exploration of her past and the absence of her father while creating a book of her work, while Maximiliano Schonfeld’s "The Black Frost" is a drama set on a plantation where a pernicious black frost threatens to devastate the countryside until a mysterious woman arrives.
The 30 projects, comprising 16 feature-length narrative films, 10 feature documentaries and 4 short films –received funding for development, production or post-production.
The fund is primarily for first and second-time filmmakers. Post-production funding is available to established filmmakers from the MENA region.
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A full directory of past grant recipients is available to view at