Curaçao IFFR celebrates its 8th edition

Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam (CIFFR) is celebrating its eighth edition, and is set to bring five days of film to the colourful island from 10 until 14 April.

Back for the eighth edition

The little sister of our festival in Rotterdam, CIFFR takes place annually in Curaçao’s capital Willemstad. Its eighth edition will be offering up a fresh selection of IFFR 2019 films, several special programmes, as well as competitions that are a springboard for talent in the region. These are the Yellow Robin Award Competition, in which five films by young and usually debut filmmakers compete, and the Caribbean Shorts Competition, featuring seven short films selected by CIFFR and six partner festivals from Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mexico, and Trinidad & Tobago. The Yellow Robin-winner will become the first selected film in the IFFR 2020 programme. The winning film of the Caribbean Shorts will too travel to Rotterdam, and also to each Caribbean partner festival.

A beautiful five-day programme

IFFR 2019 audience award winner Capharnaüm by Nadine Labaki will open this year’s festival. Many more IFFR 2019 highlights will follow, next to big titles such as Shoplifters by Kore-eda Hirokazu, If Beale Street Could Talk by Barry Jenkins, and Monos by Alexis Dos Santos and Alejandro Landes, a film recently supported by our Hubert Bals Fund.


  • Curaçao IFFR

    Curaçao IFFR

  • Khalik Allah ©Marwan Magroun

    Khalik Allah ©Marwan Magroun

  • Still from Joel

    Still from Joel

  • Still from Doubles vies

Word has it the festival will also feature a thematic programme. CIFFR will examine something that can appear harmlessly as hearsay, a rumour, or semi-friendly neighbourhood chatter, captured as redu – a Papiamento term translating roughly as ‘through the grapevine’. Redu can be experienced through cinema and in ideas about the fake news phenomenon this edition, in films such as Wanuri Kahiu’s Rafiki, Carlos Sorín’s Joel, Paolo Sorrentino’s Loro, Asghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows, Hans Pool’s Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World, and Olivier Assayas’s Doubles vies.

Another small programme that will feature is Caribbean Artists in Focus. Screening here will be short films that honour artists from the region, they include documentary portrait of Curaçao-based artist Geerdine Kuijpers, Free as a Bird by Sharelly Emanuelson, and Hollandse meesters in de 21ste eeuw: Tirzo Martha by Dutch filmmaker and IFFR programmer Tessa Boerman.

Yellow Robin flies high

Last year’s Yellow Robin Award went to New York-based street photographer Khalik Allah, for Black Mother, a visual symphony and ode to today's colourful Jamaica. This film, rich with many layers both warm and dizzying, became the first title announced for IFFR 2019. Khalik Allah later came to Rotterdam for the festival to give a Big Talk in collaboration with World Press Photo. One of many trips along the way as his film continues to garner attention in Europe and worldwide. The films selected for the upcoming competitionLas campañas de invierno by Rafael Ramírez, En cenizas by Camila Rodríguez Triana, Noemí Gold by Dan Rubenstein, Tierra adentro by Mauro Colombo, and Xquipi’ Guie’dani by Xavi Sala – promise to be just as exciting.

The winner will be announced 13 April!

Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam was initiated in 2012, a blossoming friendship between the island’s local organisation Fundashon Bon Intenshon and International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Photo in header: Still: Xquipi’ Guie’dani