Warsteiner Audience Award
The Warsteiner Audience Award is given to the filmmaker of the film in the official selection with the highest average vote in the audience poll.
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. In 2017, the award was handed out to the winner Moonlight by Barry Jenkins. The award includes a cash prize of €10.000.
How does it work?
It's one of those things that contribute to the ultimate festival feeling: the audience poll. When visiting a film screening, all members of the audience will be handed out a voting card. After the screening you can judge the film by tearing the card: very bad, very good, or something in between? It's up to you and there's no accounting for taste. Voting cards are not distributed at all screenings. Precisely because it has a big impact and it is difficult to compare apples and oranges, there are as many common dividers as possible. For example, they will only be distributed at screenings of feature films (movies longer than 60 minutes), and not at the first screening of a Dutch premiere or film where a large delegation is present. The scores of personal relatives are not comparable to those of the objective visitor. The film must be new (recently produced), and there need to be more than 35 respondents prior for a film to be included in the list. Movies that do not meet these criteria are no less important. In fact, they are unique. It's what makes IFFR fun: there are movies of all kinds and sizes and an audience with an opinion. And don't forget: you are always allowed give your opinion, maybe not through the voting system, but in the pub, on Facebook or Twitter.
Moonlight by Barry Jenkins
Land of Mine by Martin Zandvliet
The Dark Horse by James Napier (New Zealand)
Nebraska by Alexander Payne (USA)
Matterhorn by Diederik Ebbinge (The Netherlands)
Monsieur Lazhar by Philippe Falardeau (Canada)
Incendies by Denis Villeneuve (Canada)
Yo, también by Álvaro Pastor & Antonio Naharro (Spain)
Slumdog Millionaire by Danny Boyle (UK)
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud (France)
Das Leben der Anderen by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Germany)
Eden by Michael Hofmann, (Germany/Switzerland)
Whale Rider by Niki Caro (New-Zealand)
No Man's Land by Danis Tanovic (Bosnia/France/Belgium)
Promises by Carlos Bolado, B.Z. Goldberg and Justine Shapiro (USA)
Shower by Zhang Yang (China)
Festen by Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark)
De Poolse Bruid (The Polish Bride) by Karim Traïdia (The Netherlands)
Shine by Scott Hicks (Australia)
Angel Baby by Michael Rymer (Australia)
Once Were Warriors by Lee Tamahori (New Zealand)
Ein Ganz Gewohnliches Leben by Imre Gyöngyössy and Barna Kabay (Hungary)