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IFFR Pro Awards 2022

02 February 2022

IFFR Pro Awards

The Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 2 February marked the close of the IFFR Pro Days 2022. “Organising this edition of IFFR Pro Days was in many ways more of a challenge than the year before,” said IFFR industry head Marit van den Elshout. “The scale of the challenge allowed us to target our focus with a powerful streamlined programme” she continued.

Rotterdam Lab welcomed 73 emerging international film producers from 37 different countries online for a four-day intensive training workshop. Five IFFR Pro Dialogues were hosted on the future of the film industry whilst the Pro Hub offered a programme of networking and mentorship to filmmakers selected for the edition. The 39th edition of CineMart offered an online platform to 28 projects in development, including seven BoostNL projects and five Immersive. In total, seven awards were handed out. 

“Our five IFFR Pro Dialogue sessions looked beyond the “new normal” of the pandemic to dream of what the “new possible” could be, so it seems fitting that our IFFR Pro Award winners represent such exciting emerging talent. Helping outstanding cinema come to fruition is, when it’s all said and done, the most valuable service we can offer.” 

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IFFR Pro Days 2022

The full details of IFFR Pro Days 2022.

Eurimages Co-production Development Award

Eurimages is the cultural fund of the Council of Europe dedicated to supporting independent filmmaking. The Eurimages Co-production Development Award is an annual prize of €20,000 given to a CineMart project to support its set-up as a European co-production. 

Jury: Babak Jalali, Jelena Mitrovic and Elena Kotová

Special mention: Love #NoFilter, Mikael Bundsen, produced by Kjellson & Wik (Sweden)
Report: “We,  the  jury,  decided  to  award  a  special  mention  to  a  project  which  reflects  with  humour  on millennials and the complications of their lives, as they try to find a balance which seems far more problematic than it did for previous generations.”

Winner: Leave the Door Open, Judita Gamulin, produced by Eclectica (Croatia)
Report: “The  award goes  to  a  film  which looks  at  the  everyday  interactions  and  lives  of  contemporary  European  families,  set  within  the confines of a well-known superstore. We came to a unanimous decision based on our connection to a very unusual and fresh story and our belief that it will be told impressively in the hands of this young  filmmaker.”

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Eurimages Co-production Development Award

CineMart prize given to a European co-production.

Filmmore Post-production Award

Amsterdam-based Filmmore is a leading full-service post-production, editing and visual effects facility. With the Filmmore Post-production Award they offer the best-suited CineMart project €7,500 worth of in-kind support. 

Jury: Annamaria Lodato, Julie Savary, Boelie Vis and Erik Glijnis

Winner: Nightsong, Maya Da-Rin, produced by Tamanduá Vermelho & Still Moving (Brazil/France)
Jury report: “Rural, indigenous family, and the devil are words we heard a lot during our sessions with directors and producers of the 23 original projects of the CineMart and Boost NL selection. Stories about breaking boundaries, diversity, migration and social acceptance.  One of the stories that stood out and resonated with us is about a changing landscape. An urgent universal message, in a strong visual, auditory and also dreamy way. It issues biodiversity, nature, women of different generations, changing land, changing culture and the past.”

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Filmmore Post-production Award

CineMart award for post-production, granted by Filmmore.

ArteKino International Award

The ArteKino International Award is a prize of €6,000 for the producer of a standout project to support its development, sponsored by the European culture channel ARTE’s foundation for the promotion of arthouse cinema. 

Jury: Annamaria Lodato, Julie Savary, Boelie Vis and Erik Glijnis

Winner: Sorella di Clausura, Ivana Mladenovi, produced by microFILM & Dunav 84 (Romania/Serbia)
Report: “We decided to give our award to a young and talented filmmaker who is working on a very original project dealing with an unusual friendship between two strong female characters. As in her previous work, she will play with the relation between reality and fiction, blurring their lines. We appreciate her ability to experiment and we expect a truly unconventional film.”

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ArteKino International Award

CineMart award in collaboration with ARTE.

Wouter Barendrecht Award

This prize of €5,000 is awarded in partnership with the Wouter Barendrecht Film Foundation in honour of the late founder and co-chairman of Fortissimo Films, IFFR programmer and former head of CineMart, Wouter Barendrecht. Eligible for the award are projects with a director under 35 who has not directed more than three films. 

Jury: Nelleke and Ellis Driessen

Winner: Mother of Gold, Madiano Marcheti, produced by Multiverso Produções (Brazil)
Report: “The jury decided on a project from a talented director with an impressive visual language as proven in his previous work. The project is a reflection on political and ecological crises, through the country’s myths combined with an original personal interpretation. We are sure that the grant shall be well spent on the further development.” 

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Wouter Barendrecht Award

For young filmmakers with a project selected for CineMart.

4DR Studios Award

4DR Studios is a volumetric video capture studio based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Representatives present two 4DR Studios Awards to outstanding Immersive projects presented at CineMart. The first prize consists of studio time, with the second prize offering a bespoke workshop. 

Jury: Natasja Paulssen and Steye Hallema

First prize: Confident, Jérôme Blanquet, Bertrand Jeandel, produced by Maneki Films & Wise Bird (France)
Report: “What stood out for us in this project is the wish to use humor combined with a team that we feel has the capacity to do something on a very high technical level. We are very curious to see what comes out of this.”

Second prize: Duchampiana VR,  Lilian Hess, produced by Tchikiboum (France/Germany) 
Report: “What we really appreciate in this project is that form and story (or urgent message) are very elegantly intertwined in a short and simple but nevertheless profound idea. We believe VR needs more projects like this.”

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4DR Studios Award

The 4DR Studios award goes to an outstanding Immersive project at CineMart.

IFFR Young Selectors Award

IFFR Young Selectors are creative and ambitious Rotterdammers who offer film tips, curate events and promote the festival to local audiences. For this edition, they’ve chosen the CineMart title they’d most like to see come to fruition, based on the Spotlight presentations. The project receives a €2,500 prize.

Jury: Nica Bol and Zoë van der Kust

Winner: Love on Trial, Koji Fukada, produced by knockonwood Inc. & Survivance (Japan/France) 
Report: “We believe this film will provide a hidden insight into the world of pop on the other side of the world. When we listen to the music, do we know the story behind it? Considering these pop stars are about our age, how different would it be if we were born there? Touching on gender controlled power and obeying judicial pressure VS living your life, this is a film we can’t wait to see.” 

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IFFR Young Selectors Award

The IFFR Young Selectors offer a €2,500 prize to the CineMart project of their choice.

Dutch Post-production Award

The Dutch Post-production Award is a collaboration between the Netherlands Film Fund, the Hubert Bals Fund, and the Netherlands Post-production Alliance. This round, an independent jury awarded a formerly HBF-supported project a single prize of €50,000 to be spent on post-production in the Netherlands.

Winner: This City is a Battlefield, Mouly Surya, produced by Cinesurya (Indonesia)

 

Dutch Post-production Awards

A Netherlands Film Fund, Hubert Bals Fund, Netherlands Post production Alliance collaboration.

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