IFFR’s trade mark competition celebrates the innovative and adventurous spirit of up-and-coming filmmakers from all over the world.
The competition was founded in 1995 with the aim of discovering, raising the profile of and rewarding up-and-coming international film talent. The Tiger Award is accompanied by a €40,000 cash prize, to be shared between the director and producer of the winning film. Two Special Jury Awards worth €10,000 will also be presented for exceptional artistic achievement within the competition. Equally important is the international recognition for the nominees and their works that a Tiger Competition nomination brings with it. The Tiger Awards are an indispensable backdrop for many filmmakers: it can be the final step to convince financiers to allow a next project.
Winners per edition
The Day a Pig Fell into the Well by Hung Sang-Soo
Last Holiday by Amir Karakulov
Robinson in Space by Patrick Keiller
Erzi by Zhang Yuan
Like Grains of Sand by Hasiguchi Ryosuke
Small Faces by Gillies MacKinnon
Fuyu no kappa by Kazama Shiori
Postman by He Jianjun
Thalassa, Thalassa, Rückkehr zum Meer by Bogdan Dumitrescu
Tiger Competition 2023
Alonso Díaz de la Vega
Alonso DÍAZ DE LA VEGA is a Mexican film critic for Gatopardo. In 2015 he was the first critic from his country to attend Berlinale Talents. He has written on film for La Tempestad, El Universal, Revista Ambulante, Tierra Adentro, Frente, Butaca Ancha and Cuadrivio. He also participated in Mexican television on Canal Once’s Mi cine, tu cine, and is part of the selection committee at the Morelia International Film Festival.
Anisia UZEYMAN is an actress, playwright and director born in Rwanda. She studied drama at the Superior School of Theater in France. She is the co-director and Spirit Award 2023 nominee cinematographer of the critically acclaimed sci-fi musical Neptune Frost, co-directed by Saul Williams, which premiered in Cannes Directors' Fortnight. Her experimental debut feature, Dreamstates, a road-movie entirely shot on iPhones premiered at the LA Film Festival (2016). As an actress Anisia starred in the award winning film Tey, Aujourd’hui by Alain Gomis (2014) and the feature film Ayiti Mon Amour by Guetty Felin (2017). Her first book, a poetic treatment of her original screenplay Saolomea, Saolomea is published by Not a Cult (2021).
Christine VACHON is an Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award winner, who co-founded indie powerhouse Killer Films with producer Pamela Koffler in 1995. Over the past two decades, they have produced over 100 films, including: Still Alice (2014), Boys Don't Cry (1999), Kids (1995), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001), and I Shot Andy Warhol (1996). Vachon has a longstanding collaboration with fellow Brown University alum and filmmaker Todd Haynes, together they've worked on films like: Carol (2015), Far From Heaven (2002), Velvet Goldmine (1998), Safe (1995), and I'm Not There (2007), and the upcoming May December starring Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, and Charles Melton. In television, Vachon executive-produced the Emmy and Golden Globe-awarded miniseries Mildred Pierce (2011; Todd Haynes) as well as Z: The Beginning of Everything (2015). Recent releases include Janicza Bravo's Zola (2020), Mona Fastvold's The World to Come (2020), and the limited series Halston (2021).
Lav DIAZ (1958, Philippines) has been labelled "the ideological father of the New Philippine Cinema" by the Venice Film Festival. His breakthrough came with the five-hour feature Batang West Side (2002), which won prizes at the film festivals of Brussels and Singapore. Since his 630-minute-long Evolution of a Filipino Family (2004), many of Diaz's films have been shown at IFFR. From What Is Before (2014) won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival and The Woman Who Left (2016) won a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Diaz received the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.
Sabrina BARACETTI is a founding member and president of Udine Far East Film Festival and president of cultural organisation and arthouse exhibition company Centro Espressioni Cinematografiche, head of acquisitions of the distribution company Tucker Film, co-founder and consultant for Ties That Bind and member of the Board of Directors at Gemona Film Archive. She served as a jury member on various film festivals dedicated to Asian Cinema.
Alonso Diaz de la Vega ©Javier Azuara