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.

Winners

2017
Moonlight by Barry Jenkins

2016
Land of Mine by Martin Zandvliet 

2015
The Dark Horse by James Napier (New Zealand)

2014
Nebraska by Alexander Payne (USA)

2013
Matterhorn by Diederik Ebbinge (The Netherlands)

2012
Monsieur Lazhar by Philippe Falardeau (Canada)

2011
Incendies by Denis Villeneuve (Canada)

2010
Yo, también by Álvaro Pastor & Antonio Naharro (Spain)

2009
Slumdog Millionaire by Danny Boyle (UK)

2008
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud (France)

2007
Das Leben der Anderen by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Germany)

2006
Eden by Michael Hofmann, (Germany/Switzerland) 

2005 
Turtles Can Fly by Bahman Ghobadi (Iraq/Iran)

2004

La Meglio Gioventu by Marco Tullio Giordana (Italy)

2003
Whale Rider by Niki Caro (New-Zealand)

2002
No Man's Land by Danis Tanovic (Bosnia/France/Belgium)

2001
Promises by Carlos Bolado, B.Z. Goldberg and Justine Shapiro (USA)

2000
Shower by Zhang Yang (China)

1999
Festen by Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark)

1998
De Poolse Bruid (The Polish Bride) by Karim Traïdia (The Netherlands)

1997
Shine by Scott Hicks (Australia)

1996
Angel Baby by Michael Rymer (Australia)

1995
Once Were Warriors by Lee Tamahori (New Zealand)

1994

Ein Ganz Gewohnliches Leben by Imre Gyöngyössy and Barna Kabay (Hungary)