33rd edition CineMart closes as awards are announced

Last night, the CineMart 2016 awards were announced, marking the close of the 33rd edition of the co-production market. German production Berlin Alexanderplatz was awarded the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award of €20.000, which is given to a project presented by a European producer. Colombian production Birds of Passage was awarded the €6,000 ARTE International Prize and the Wouter Barendrecht Award went to Christopher Radcliff’s new project The Strange Ones. The prize of €5.000 is given by the Wouter Barendrecht Film Foundation.

The jury for the ARTE and Eurimages awards is comprised of the Netherlands Film Fund's Dorien van de Pas, Annamaria Lodato from ARTE and licensing and finance executive Fabien Westerhoff. The Wouter Barendrecht Award is decided on by representatives of the Wouter Barendrecht Film Foundation, Nelleke and Ellis Driessen.

Eurimages Co-Production Development Award winner

This year's Eurimages Co-Production Development Award winner, Berlin Alexanderplatz by Burhan Qurbani (Germany) is a Sommerhaus Filmproduktion production. On the jury's decision, Dorien van de Pas commented: "The project gives us a new and relevant view on a classic piece. The talented director has already made several films about urgent and relevant topics, that currently affect all our countries. Here he will combine elements of genre film with more political and emotional layers, which makes it accessible for a younger audience. The project leads to an ideal co-production scenario and the money of this award will be well employed for casting and further development."

ARTE International Prize

The ARTE International Prize winner is Birds of Passage (Colombia) by Ciro Guerra, produced by Ciudad Lunar Producciones and Blond Indian Films. On presenting the award, Annemaria Lodato commented: "We decided to give the ARTE International Prize to a young South American filmmaker who has already produced a strong and convincing body of work. The project takes us into the heart of an indigenous community, a time and place never explored on screen."

Wouter Barendrecht Award

The Wouter Barendrecht Award winner is The Strange Ones (USA), directed by Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein, produced by Sébastien Aubert. "Mysterious events surround the travels of two brothers as they make their way across a remote American landscape. On the surface all seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to something more complex, dark, and potentially deadly." On presenting the award Managing Director of Fortissimo Films, Nelleke Driessen commented: "The short film on which this film project is based, convinced the jury of the potential for the feature. We trust that the makers will succeed to translate this apparent simple story into an intriguing, multi layered psychological thriller."

CineMart selection

CineMart selected 25 international projects to participate in the four day event which has been one of the most successful in recent years. Multiple conferences and panels covering topics ranging from “Making the most of a film festival” to 'The Micro-Budget Talent Programmes' were held in front of packed audiences who were invited to be involved in the debates and receive advice. Mike S. Ryan (Greyshack Films), Michael Weber (The Match Factory), Winnie Lau (Jettone Films Ltd) and Bero Beyer (Director IFFR) discussing 'The Creative Thunder of Cinema' proved one of the highlights of IFFR 2016.

On making the announcement, Head of Industry and CineMart, Marit van den Elshout commented: "This year’s line-up was exceptional and inspiring. I speak on behalf of the entire team when I say that we could not be more proud – we have seen so many great projects, and so many talented teams behind them, the winners really exemplify this. I am also pleased to say that we hosted multiple extremely well attended panels and conversations, discussing the current state and possible future of the cinema that we love and cherish in Rotterdam."

HBF+Europe Distribution Support for International Co-productions

Next to these awards, IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund is proud to announce the first selection of its brand-new distribution scheme: HBF+Europe Distribution Support for International Co-productions. The scheme is designed to boost the distribution of internationally co-produced films from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe.

The HBF is pleased to announce that the first HBF+Europe Distribution grant of 20.000 Euro has been awarded to Heretic Outreach from Greece to support the distribution of BABAI by Visar Morina (Kosovo, Germany, Macedonia and France) in Greece, Bulgaria and Egypt.