Hivos Tiger Competition 2017 selection

The line-up and the jury of the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition 2017 have been announced! Eight films will compete for the two awards during the upcoming festival.

The following films have been selected for the Hivos Tiger Competition:

  • Arábia, Brazil, 2017, Affonso Uchoa, João Dumans
  • The Burglar, Israel, 2017, Hagar Ben Asher
  • Columbus, USA, 2017, kogonada
  • Demonios tus ojos, Spain, 2017, Pedro Aguilera
  • Light Thereafter, Bulgaria/Belgium, 2017, Konstantin Bojanov
  • Quality Time, Netherlands/Norway, 2017, Daan Bakker
  • Rey, Chile/France/Netherlands/Germany/Qatar, 2017, Niles Atallah
  • Sexy Durga, India, 2017, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan

The competition was founded in 1995 with the aim of discovering, raising the profile of and rewarding up-and-coming international film talent. The Hivos Tiger Award is accompanied by a €40,000 cash prize, to be shared between the director and producer of the winning film. A Special Jury Award worth €10,000 will also be presented for an exceptional artistic achievement within the competition.

This year, the professional jury consists of filmmaker, author and publisher from Malaysia Amir Muhammad; Colombian producer and artistic director Diana Bustamante Escobar; award-winning Belgian director Fien Troch; filmmaker, screenwriter and producer Michael Almereyda from the United States and the photographer/artist from Iran Newsha Tavakolian.


Brazil, 2017, Affonso Uchoa, João Dumans In an old aluminium factory in Ouro Preto, a young man finds the diary of a worker who died in an accident. Reminiscent of the way Westerns use anonymous drifters, driven by survival instinct, as the story's hero, Arábia focuses in on the life of a marginalised worker in contemporary Brazil.

The Burglar

Israel, 2017, Hagar Ben Asher Alex, an 18-year-old woman, lives with her mother in the small town of Arad in the middle of the desert close to the Dead Sea. One day, her mother disappears without any explanation and Alex is left to her own devices. After her home is broken into, she decides to become a burglar herself and thus finds a way to deal with life, even finding love and passion.


USA, 2017, kogonadaSeldom has a crisis been presented as subtly and purely as in this American drama with an Asian flavour. In the enchanting Modernist city of Columbus, Casey – who is caring for her recovering addict mother – and Korean-American Jin have both reached a dead-end. A father in a coma brings about change.

Demonios tus ojos

Spain, 2017, Pedro AguileraOliver, a young film director, discovers on an erotic Web site one night that the protagonist of one of the videos is his younger half-sister Aurora. In the process of finding out what she was doing there, Oliver will become fascinated by Aurora. Even if you close your eyes, you'll still be watching. 

Light Thereafter

Bulgaria, Belgium, 2017, Konstantin Bojanov
Light Thereafter follows the emotionally unstable and otherworldly young man Pavel, who criss-crosses Europe in search of his idol, the mysterious painter Arnaud. Desperate, lonely and adrift, Pavel tries to clamp on to the characters he meets along the way.

Quality Time

Netherlands, Norway, 2017, Daan BakkerQuality Time presents a series of short narratives about young quaint men who are struggling, and their concerned parents. Through a wondrous combination of film styles, a loving portrait is sketched of human beings as the playthings of life. 


Chile, France, Netherlands, Germany, Qatar, 2017, Niles AtallahIn the nineteenth century, a French adventurer sets off to establish a kingdom in the inhospitable South of Chile, uniting the feared Mapuche under him. The response of the Chilean army is devastating. Rey is both an intricately designed adventure film as well as powerful textural experiment.

Sexy Durga

India, 2017, Sanal Kumar SasidharanDuring a nocturnal ride, a young woman and her lover come across a cross-section of Indian male society. What starts out as an attempt to escape descends into a journey through hell – from which no escape seems possible.