Big Screen Award releases

22 February 2017


Big Screen Award releases

22 February 2017

VPRO Big Screen Award winner Pop Aye will be released on 11 May 2017 through its Dutch distributor Imagine. Other Big Screen Award titles Chez nous (Cinéart) and Donkeyote (Amstelfilm) also found their buyer in the Netherlands. Amstelfilm will also release IFFR Live-hit The Man.

The Big Screen Competition promotes the distribution of art-house cinema in the Netherlands. Eight brand new films are presented to an audience jury of five enthusiast film lovers, who will choose a winner they wholeheartedly recommend to the general art-house audience. The Big Screen Competition inlcudes a cash prize of €15.000 for the director(s), as well as €15.000 to be spent towards the theatrical release of the film in the Netherlands. The awarded film will also be aired by Dutch public broadcaster NPO.

Pop Aye

This years Big Screen Award winner Pop Aye was bought by Imagine and will be released on 11 May 2017.

A disillusioned architect rediscovers Pop Aye, the elephant from his childhood, in the streets of Bangkok. Together they set off on a journey to the village where they grew up. Occasionally funny, occasionally moving road movie about two uprooted souls who meet the most colourful figures on their journey home.

In addition to VPRO Big Screen Award winner Pop Aye, two other titles from the competition will have a Dutch release later this year.


Amstelfilm will release Donkeyote on 29 June 2017 in Dutch theaters.

Manolo wants to walk the Trail of Tears, the route used during the forced removal of Cherokee Indians to Oklahoma. But the 73-year-old Andalusian has chronic arthritis, speaks no English and more importantly: how will he get his trusty donkey into the US – and cure its fear of water? An ode to intransigence and friendship.

Chez nous 

The controversial film Chez nous has a Dutch release through Cinéart on 20 April.

In Northern France, a beloved and devoted nurse is offered the candidacy for mayorship by a far-right party. The political campaign will test her will and personal life. A timely and sharp study on how populist ideology can quietly but surely contaminate “good” people. 

The Man

Besides these Big Screen Competition titles, The Man - which was part of IFFR Live 2017 - will be released in Dutch theaters on 26 October. 

When the unknown son of world-famous artist Simon suddenly turns up and moves in with him, things start getting tense. Is this just a midlife crisis, professional jealously or justified suspicion? What does the enigmatic Casper really want from him? Satire, thriller and fluently filmed drama set in the art world of the always photogenic Copenhagen.

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