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And the winners are…

The juries have pondered, the votes are in and the winners of 2019 IFFR Pro prizes are:

Dutch Post-production Awards 

Two projects each win a cash prize of €50,000, with a surplus of €5,000 in kind, to be spent on post-production in the Netherlands.

Days of Cannibalism by Teboho Edkins

Citation: The jury were struck by this smart, funny, fascinating and innovative documentary. And were impressed by the way director is creating a documentary using a fiction narrative to produce a film that goes beyond pretense.

Lotus Position by Liu Shu

Citation: Inspired by the tradition of the Hubert Bals Fund to support urgent and remarkable films the jury were moved to use this prize where it could be most effective and make a real difference. In this case, we chose to support a courageous filmmaker to complete her film which without this support may not be realised.

The Dutch Post-production Awards are a collaboration between the Netherlands Film Fund, the Hubert Bals Fund and the Netherlands Post-production Alliance.

Eurimages Co-production Development Award

€20,000 prize for a project that is, or will be, a European co-production.

Stillborn by Olga Chajdas (Poland)

Citation: There was a very vivid discussion among the jury members, but in the end we unanimously chose a project which reflects on recent European history and is carried by a female character with a young and vibrant heart. A national story with an international impact. The director’s visual style, her determination and approach to the recent history of her nation makes the jury confident that this film will travel over many borders.”

Filmmore Post-production Award

This post-production award by Visual Effects & Post Production lab Filmmore comes with a €7,500 cash prize.

A House in Jerusalem by Muayad Alayan (Palestine)

Citation: A House in Jerusalem sets out as an ordinary film about a girl who, after the death of her mother, longs for the happy past while facing a painful future. Soon the film is injected with supernatural elements. The loss of a doll sets in motion a search for the mother of a ghost. Present and past, realism and supernatural, A House in Jerusalem is a powerful story about universal human experiences, told through the innocent eyes of children.”

ARTEKino International Prize

Valued at €6,000 and awarded to the producer of the best CineMart project to support its financial development.

La fiebre by Mateo Bendesky (Argentina)

Citation: The film is a tale of adolescence and discovery of personal freedom. It tells the story of a teenager oppressed by her strict and religious family who tries to escape this oppressive environment. This important contemporary subject is treated with an original and convincing artistic vision.”

Wouter Barendrecht Award

This prize of €5,000 is awarded by CineMart in conjunction with the Wouter Barendrecht Film Foundation to a filmmaker under the age of 35 who has directed three or fewer films.

La hija de todas las rabias by Laura Baumeister (Nicaragua/France)

Citation: The first feature in Nicaragua made by Nicaraguans. An at first sight totally depressing topic loses its heaviness by the general approach, written from the point of view of a young but resilient girl ready to turn dystopia into a manageable reality.

BoostNL Audience Award

For this new award worth €2,500, the Big Screen Jury (an audience jury of five film fans) picked a winner among the BoostNL projects presented during the BoostNL Spotlight event.

When We Lost to the Germans by Guido van Driel (The Netherlands)

Citation: We really want to emphasise that there has been quite a lot of back and forth while trying to make a decision. It was all very close! There were definitely several projects that really deserved it, but in the end, the three of us came to one project which was the one we talked about most. That’s what closed the deal.

HeYou Media VR Award

Including a prize of €1000

Cosmos Within Us by Tupac Martir

Citation: The jury was impressed with this ambitious project and said "we cannot not be behind it." It is clearly pushing all boundaries, is very well thought through and tackles a difficult theme in such a way that it completely lends itself to be made in VR.

IFFR Pro head Marit van den Elshout commented after the awards: "This year we added four more awards, which reflects IFFR Pro’s increasing and serious engagement with project development, and continued commitment to the realisation of HBF projects from all corners of the globe. These are all very worthy winners whose cinematic vision is unique and indicative of a considerable talent. We can’t wait to see their progress towards success at top festivals and on the international sales and distribution circuit."