Tiger Competition for Short Films

The power of short: twenty-three films compete in the short film selection to three equivalent prizes.

Short films can be found at many places during IFFR: as part of video installations, preceding feature films at Pathé premieres and, naturally, in combined programmes. Films between 1 and 65 minutes long, from all over the world. There are fiction films, experimental work and documentaries. Short films prove that filmmakers play with a whole range of cinematic forms and ideas. 

The short films have their own competition at IFFR. What differentiates it from the Hivos Tiger Competition for feature-length films is the fact that it's not just for young and upcoming talents; all filmmakers have a chance at winning. About 20 to 25 short films (twenty-three in 2017) compete for three equal Tiger Awards for Short Films, each worth 3,000. The jury will also pick a film to go on to compete in the short films category of the annual European Film Awards (EFA).

Winners per edition

2017
Rubber Coated Steel by Lawrence Abu Hamdan (Lebanon, Germany)
El cuento de Antonia by Jorge Cadena (Colombia, Switzerland)
Sakhisona by Prantik Basu (India)

2016
Dream English Kid 1964-1999 AD by Mark Leckey (United Kingdom)
Faux départ by Yto Barrada (Morocco)
Engram of Returning by Daïchi Saïto (Canada)

2015
Things by Ben Rivers (United Kingdom)
La fièvre by Safia Benhaim (France)
Greetings to the Ancestors by Ben Russell (USA, South Africa, United Kingdom)

2014

La isla by Dominga Sotomayor and Katarzyna Klimkiewicz (Chile/Poland/Denmark)
Giant by Salla Tykkä (Finland/Romania(
The Chimera of M. by Sebastian Buerkner (United Kingdom)

2013
Janus by Erik van Lieshout (the Netherlands)
The Tiger's Mind by Beatrice Gibson (United Kingdom)
Unsupported Transit by Zachary Formwalt (the Netherlands)

2012
Generator by Makino Takashi (Japan)
Big in Vietnam by Mati Diop (France)
Springtime by Jeroen Eisinga (the Netherlands)

2011
Stardust by Nicolas Provost (Belgium)
Pastourelle by Nathaniel Dorsky (USA)
Jan Villa by Natasha Mendonca (USA/India)
Alberto De Michele’s I Lupi (The Wolves, Italë) was chosen as the Rotterdam Short Film Nomination for the European Film Awards 2011.

2010
Atlantiques by Mati Diop (Senegal/France)
Wei Wen (Condolences) by Ying Liang (China)
Wednesday Morning 2 A.M. (Lewis Klahr, USA)

2009
Bernadette by Duncan Campbell (UK)
Despair by Galina Myznikova & Sergey Provorov (Rus)
A Necessary Music by Beatrice Gibson (UK)

2008
Ah, Liberty! by Ben Rivers (UK)
As I Lay Dying by Ho Yuhang (Malaysia) 
Observando el cielo by Jeanne Liotta (USA)

2007

Video Game by Vipin Vijay (India, 2006)
Hinterland by Geoffrey Boulangé (France, 2007)
The Flag by Köken Ergun (Turkey, 2007) 

2006
Beginnings by Roy Villevoye (The Netherlands, 2006) 
Rabbit by Run Wrake (United Kingdom, 2005) 
Who I Am and What I Want by David Shrigley & Chris Shepherd (United Kingdom, 2005)