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The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award – the nominees are …

The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award is the film award which is discovering new talent. The award was inaugurated during the Göteborg International Film Festival 2007 when the winner was Andrea Arnold for Red Road. In 2008 Jaime Rosales got the award for his Solitary Fragments. Now the time has come to discover a brand new director.

Ingmar Bergman was the honourary president of the Göteborg International Film Festival during 1994-2007 and blessed the festival's Bergman award with the words "The award is a way of encouraging young filmmakers to deal with really important issues at a time when the film industry has more and more assumed the shape and form of a butchery and fornication business! "

The award goes to: "a director making his or her debut with a film dealing with existential issues in a broad sense and displaying a dynamic or experimental awareness of the cinematic means of expression." The prize consists of one week's stay at the Bergman Week on Fårö during the summer of 2009, a box of Bergman DVDs from the Bergman foundation and a beautiful engraved stone from Ingmar Bergman's Fårö.

This year the number of awarded films are eight.

The nominees for TIBIDA 2009 are:
Emily Atef, Germany, for The Stranger in Me (Das Fremde in mir)
Contact: Claudia Rudolph, Bavaria Film International, +49-89-6499 3506,

Aida Begic, Bosnia & Herzegovina, for Snow (Snijeg)
Contact: Paul Richer, Pyramide International,, +33 1 42960220

Philippe Claudel, France, for I’ve Loved You So Long (Il y a longtemps que je t’aime)
Contact: Candace Drougett, Atlantic, 08-30 52 30,,

Amat Escalante, Mexico, for Los Bastardos
Contakt: Gemma Cox, Sarah Wilby Creative Publicity,

Charlie Kaufman, USA, for Synecdoche, New York
Contact: Helena Stenberg, Svensk Filmindustri, 08-680 35 32,

Najwa Najjar, Palestine, for Pomegranates and Myrrh (Al-mor wa al rumman)
Contact: Hani E. Kort,

Rodrigo Plá, Mexico, for The Desert Within (Desierto Adentro)
Contact: Pablo Briseño, Imcine, (5255) 54485339,

Enrique Rivero, Mexico, for Parque via
Contact: Paola Herrera, Una Comunion, + 47 926 87 014

The members of the TIBIDA jury are:
Bille August, regissör, Danmark
Marco Tullio Giordana, regissör, Italien
Astrid Söderbergh-Widding, Ordförande i stiftelsen Ingmar Bergman, Sverige.

The award ceremony takes place during the Closing Party on Saturday, January 31.

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