Seemab Gul’s “Haven of Hope”,

Seemab Gul’s “Haven of Hope”, has been selected from Pakistan for International Film Festival (IFFR)’s Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) all from female filmmakers, for its 2022 script and project development support scheme

Each of the 10 projects receives a grant of €10,000 to be spent on development.

“Being at La Fabrique in Cannes is an incredible experience because it’s a meeting point of international cinema. It’s the largest and only festival in the world which is catered mainly for film professionals. Meeting many French and international producers has opened up lots of new co-production avenues. This is a step closer to accomplishing my dream of making my debut feature film, Haven of Hope (Panah Khana)” – Seemab Gul

The selection includes Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Banietemad, who’s previous flm Tales picked up best screenplay at Venice Film festival in 2014, and Tamar Shavgulidze, the Georgian director of Comets which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2019.

Two Brazilian projects, Everlane Moraes’ The Secret Of Sikán and Maíra Bühler’s The Marriage, are featured and will also be supported by HBF’s partner Projecto Paradiso. Jazmín López is being supported by HBF for the third time with her latest project Presidente which explore the controversial history of Argentina’s first female president, Isabel Perón, who was also the third wife and widow of Juan Perón.

The films were chosen from 308 submissions.

Hubert Bals Fund manager Jeske van der Slikke said: “Our fund is committed to defending artistic vision from courageous filmmakers across the globe who may otherwise find it more difficult to access funding, particularly during such a fragile moment as a project’s development.

Hubert Bals Fund – Script and Project Development Support selection:

Amoeba, Siyou Tan, Singapore

Consider Vera, Marina Stepanska, Ukraine

Haven of Hope, Seemab Gul, Pakistan

Home, Archana Phadke, India

Little War, Barbara Sarasola Day, Argentina

The Marriage, Maíra Bühler, Brazil

Presidente, Jazmín López, Argentina

The Secret of Sikán, Everlane Moraes, Brazil

Red Mist Descending, Rakhshan Banietemad, Iran

Vika, Tamar Shavgulidze, Georgia

Seemab Gul is a Pakistani artist and filmmaker based in London. Her films interweave documentary, fictional, and performative elements to explore social-political stories. Her work is interdisciplinary, immersed in the current political dialogue, examining conditions of precarity in society and focusing on the outsider experience.