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International Film Festival Rotterdam

Combining within its organisation the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Hubert Bals Fund and co-production market CineMart, IFFR offers a launching pad and supportive platform for innovative and talented independent filmmakers.


IFFR 2016 revamps awards and Awards Ceremony


45th International Film Festival Rotterdam
27 January – 7 February 2016

From the 45th edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam onwards, all the awards that can be won at the festival will be presented at the revamped Awards Ceremony. The ceremony will be hosted by journalist and documentary maker Fidan Ekiz. Some awards remain the same, other prizes have been renewed, and the Bright Future Award will be awarded for the first time this year.  

The awards of IFFR 2016 are:

Warsteiner Audience Award
Visitors of IFFR determine through a voting system which film is the audience favourite. The film with the highest average vote in the audience poll wins the Warsteiner Audience Award. The award includes a cash prize of €10.000.   
Selection: All feature films IFFR 2016
Jury: Visitors IFFR 2016
Hubert Bals Fund Dioraphte Award
The Hubert Bals Fund Dioraphte Award goes to the Hubert Bals Fund-supported film receiving the highest votes from the festival audience. The award includes a cash prize of €10.000.   
Selection: Hubert Bals Fund-supported films at IFFR 2016
Jury: Visitors IFFR 2016
MovieZone Award
The MovieZone Award is chosen from the feature film section by the young people's MovieZone jury from EYE.
Selection: Anomalisa, Charlie Kaufman; Arianna, Carlo Lavagna; As I Open My Eyes, Leyla Bouzid; Beyond Sleep, Boudewijn Koole; Demolition, Jean-Marc Vallée; Land of Mine, Martin Zandvliet; Montanha, Joao Salaviza; Problemski Hotel, Manu Riche; Tanna, Martin Butler; The Idol, Hany Abu-Assad; This Summer Feeling, Mikhaël Hers
Jury: Sofie Maas, 17 jaar, Rotterdam; Tom Pranger, 19 jaar, Zaandam; Max Fux, 16 jaar, Rotterdam; Bodine Sutorius, 17 jaar, Den Haag; Lianne Dusseldorp, 18 jaar, Bilthoven

The FIPRESCI Award is given to the filmmaker of the best film in Bright Future by the jury of the Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique (FIPRESCI). Bright Future films that have their world premiere during IFFR and are not included in a competition qualify for this award.
Selection: Alba, Ana Cristina Barragán; Bodkin Ras, Kaweh Modiri; Esa sensación, Juan Cavestany, Pablo Hernando, Julián Génisson; Mama, Vlado Skafar; Pacífico, Fernanda Romandía; Of Shadows, Yi Cui; Out of Love, Paloma Aquillera; Tenemos la carne, Emiliano Rocha Minter; The Plague at the Karatas Village, Adilkhan Yerzhanov; The Shell Collector, Tsubota Yoshifumi; The Sprawl (Propaganda About Propaganda), Vinca Kruk
Jury: Yael Shuv; Kevin B. Lee; Dragan Jurak; Joost Broeren; Toni Junyent; Rowan El Shimi; Taylor Hess; Archana Nathan; Martin Kudlac
The NETPAC Award is awarded to the best Asian feature film by a jury from the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema.
Selection: Motel Mist, Prabda Yoon; Of Shadows, Yi Cui; Simulacrum Tremendum, Khavn; The Cow Farm, Ali Sheikh Khudr; The Plague at the Karatas Village, Adilkhan Yerzhanov; The Shell Collector, Tsubota Yoshifumi; Too Young to Die!, Kankuro Kudo; Where Are You Going, Yang Zhengfan
Jury: Wood Lin; Chris Oosterom; Mark Schilling
KNF Award
The KNF Award, awarded by the ‘Circle of Dutch Filmjournalists’ goes to a Dutch production or a Dutch coproduction with a world premiere at IFFR.
Selection: Beyond Sleep, Boudewijn Koole; Bodkin Ras, Kaweh Modiri; Full Contact, David Verbeek; Herberg van het geheugen, Barbara den Uyl; History’s Future, Fiona Tan; The Idol, Hany Abu-Assad; Ik wil gelukkig zijn, Annette Apon; Inside the Mind of Favela Funk, Elise Roodenburg, Fleur Beemster; Oscuro animal, Felipe Guerrero; Out of Love, Paloma Aguilera Valdebenito; De pedaalridder, Ari Deelder; The Sprawl (Propaganda About Propaganda), Metahaven; Stop Acting Now, Mijke de Jong; La última tierra, Pablo Lamar; De waarneming, Frank Scheffer
Jury: Joyce Roodnat; Luuk Imhann; Jelle Schot; Hugo Emmerzael; Maricke Nieuwdorp
VPRO Big Screen Award
This competition, consisting of eight films that have their international premières at IFFR, will be judged by a jury of audience members, who will decide which film will be presented to large audiences. The winning film will receive a cinema release in the Netherlands and will be purchased by NPO for broadcast through VPRO. There is also a cash prize for the filmmaker.
Selection: California, Marina Person; Halal Love (and Sex), Assad Fouladkar; Les ogres, Léa Fehner; Love & Friendship, Whit Stillman; Suntan, Argyris Papadimitropoulos; Sayonara, Fukada Koji; This Summer Feeling, Mikhaël Hers; Wild, Nicolette Krebitz;
Jury: VPRO audience jury
Bright Future Award
From the 2016 edition onward, filmmakers presenting films in the main and thematic programme of IFFR's section Bright Future, will be celebrated with a new award: the Bright Future Award. The award consists of €10,000, to be spent on the development of a next film project. Filmmakers presenting the international or world premiere of their first feature length are eligible.
Selection: Alba, Ana Cristina Barragán; Animal político, Tião; The Bear Tales, Samuele Sestieri, Olmo Amato; Bodkin Ras, Kaweh Modiri; Communication & Lies; Lee Seung-won; Fado, Jonas Rothlaender; Jacqueline (Argentine), Bernardo Britto; Las lindas, Melisa Liebenthal; Of Shadows, Yi Cui; Out of Love, Paloma Aguilera Valdebenito; Outfitumentary, K8 Hardy; Pacífico, Fernanda Romandía; The Sprawl (Propaganda About Propaganda), Metahaven; The Strange Case of Shiva, Arun Karthick; Strange Love, Natasha Mendonca; Tenemos la carne, Emiliano Rocha Minter
Jury: Helge Albers; Roman Gutek; Fiorella Moretti
Hivos Tiger Awards
In the prestigious Hivos Tiger Awards Competition it's not about the well-known names, but about upcoming talent who get a chance to shine on the world stage. As of 2016, eight films will compete in the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition for a single Hivos Tiger Award worth €40,000, to be shared by director and producer. In addition, a special jury award worth €10,000 will be presented to an exceptional artistic achievement within the competition. 
Selection: History’s Future, Fiona Tan; The Land of the Enlightened, Pieter-Jan De Pue; Motel Mist, Prabda Yoon; Oscuro animal , Felipe Guerrero; Radio Dreams, Babak Jalali; La última tierra, Pablo Lamar; Where I Grow Old, Marilia Rocha; A Woman, a Part, Elisabeth Subrin
Jury: Peter van Bueren; Hend Sabry; Anocha Suwichakornpong; Miguel Gomes; Hans Hurch
Outside of this Awards Ceremony on Friday 5 January, the Canon Tiger Awards for Short Films will be presented on 31 January in LantarenVenster. Furthermore, on 3 February at the closing of CineMart, IFFR’s coproduction market, winners of the following awards will be announced: Eurimages Co-Production Development Award, the Arte International Prize and the Wouter Barendrecht Award.
For four decades, IFFR has proudly developed and presented auteur cinema by helping filmmakers reach the broadest possible audiences. The festival is known around the world for its individual, innovative programming, with particular attention to talented new filmmakers. Quality films from all over the world are presented in Rotterdam to a large, international audience with the aim of inspiring and broadening horizons.
IFFR is one of the biggest cultural events in the Netherlands, and one of the biggest audience-oriented film festivals in the world. The 45th IFFR will take place from Wednesday, 27 January to Sunday, 7 February 2016. For twelve days, the latest feature films, documentaries, short films, exhibitions, performances, talkshows and debates make Rotterdam an exciting, global capital city of film. Official ticket sales start on Friday, 22 January. For more information, see



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