The selection of the Bright Future main programme aimes to highlight original, up-and-coming directors with an own style and vision, the programme contains 11 world premieres and 12 international premieres from all corners of the world. These include several filmmakers who have previously competed in the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition, such as Elisa Miller, Park Hongmin, Tsubota Yoshifumi but also many first feature films. As of the upcoming edition, filmmakers premiering a first feature work in the main or thematic programme of Bright Future, will be celebrated with a new award: the Bright Future Award.
Films in ‘Bright Future Main Programme’
Le MoulinHuang Ya-li IFFR 2016 162′
Poetry, literature, painting and old film clips converge in this lyrical, unusually designed film essay about Le Moulin, the Taiwanese poets’ collective which protested in the 1930s against the cultural superiority of the Japanese occupier and the domination of realism in poetry.
Kaili BluesBi Gan IFFR 2016 110′
One of the past year's most striking, dreamy and poetic debuts is difficult to describe in retrospect. Situated in the subtropical south-west of China, this apparently timeless story is about a countryside doctor with a prison history who sets off to look for a nephew who disappeared.
Last Man in Dhaka CentralNaeem Mohaiemen IFFR 2016 82′
Third part of the series The Young Man Was relates the struggle of Dutch journalist and Peter Custers, who was imprisoned in Dhaka in 1975. The film, which premiered at the Venice Biennale, combines engaging interviews, archival material and audio recordings.
The Bear TalesSamuele Sestieri, Olmo Amato IFFR 2016 67′
Through deserted Scandinavian landscapes, a robot monk follows a little red man. Only when they find a wounded teddy bear do they have a common goal. Two young Italians did everything for this project themselves. The surreal magic of filmmaking - from Tarkovski to the Teletubbies - bursts from the silver screen.