Six Island co-production receives IDFA’s Jan Vrijman Fund

The Canada-Tunisia-France feature doc was one of 20 projects chosen for the international grant, which supports doc filmmakers in developing countries.
Film reels (Photo: Lisa Eglinton, Flickr Creative Commons)

Zaineb Hates the Snow, a co-production from Toronto-based Six Island Productions, was selected Thursday to receive the Jan Vrijman Fund.

The international grant from the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam supports doc filmmakers and festivals in developing countries.

The Canada-Tunisia-France co-pro, directed by Tunisia’s Kaouther Ben Hania and produced by Six Island Productions and Ben Hania’s producing partner Habib Attia of Cinetel Films, was one of 20 projects chosen from 391 submissions.

Six Island founder and producer Paul Scherzer struck up a partnership with Ben Hania and Attia after meeting them at Berlinale’s Co-Production Market last year.

The feature documentary follows the story of a young Tunisian girl who tries to stop her mother from remarrying and moving to Canada.

Zaineb Hates the Snow also scooped up the $15,000 Screen Institute Beirut documentary award at the Dubai International Film Festival in December.