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’
El placer es míoElisa Miller IFFR 2016 94′
Miller wrote this delicate love story before shooting her debut (Vete más lejos, Alicia, Tiger Awards Competition 2011). Miles from anywhere, a young couple enjoy freedom and each other as if in paradise, unassailable and satisfied. Until the world forces itself on them, just like the apple once did.
Operation AvalancheMatt Johnson IFFR 2016 94′
Humorous mockumentary in which two dopey CIA agents in 1967 investigate a Russian mole at NASA, which at the time was heavily involved in the race to the moon. What they discover turns out to be much more shocking than Russian spying. A state secret that may never, ever be leaked.
The Waiting RoomIgor Drljaca IFFR 2016 92′
Jasmin, a successful actor, has to flee from Bosnia in the 1990s and ends up in Canada. In a series of dryly humorous moments, this drama sketches a middle-aged man in the twilight zone between a glorious, pre-war acting past and his present, disappointing life as a building worker.
Out of LovePaloma Aguilera Valdebenito IFFR 2016 101′
The boundary between passionate love and destructive obsession proves to be very thin for Varya and Nikolai, a couple whose fiercely blossoming relationship is served up to us in raggedy ellipses. A playful debut in which the culprit and victim, challenger and oppressor, continually swap places.