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Please Welcome: Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films

International Film Festival Rotterdam has finalised its selection for the eleventh Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films. The 2016 selection is a mix of 23 short fiction films, documentaries and experimental films from countries including Japan, Palestine, Singapore, Brazil, Serbia, France and New Zealand.

There are three Canon Tiger Awards for Short Films up for grabs, each consisting of a €3,000 cash prize plus a professional digital video camera made available by Canon. The jury will also pick a film to go on to compete in the short films category of the annual European Film Awards (EFA).

Alongside Tiger Award-winner Roy Villevoye and renowned filmmakers such as Vincent Meessen, Cyprien Gaillard, Yto Barrada and Mark Leckey, the selected makers include many new names and young filmmakers. The selection also contains eleven world premieres and three international premieres. Three of the films selected are from the Netherlands.

Selection Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films 2016

  • All Still Orbit, Dane Komljen, James Lattimer, (Croatia, Serbia, Germany, Brazil)
  • an is that isn't always, Richard T. Walker (USA)
  • B-ROLL with Andre, James N. Kienitz Wilkins (USA)
  • Cinéma concret, Makino Takashi (Japan, the Netherlands)
  • Dag'aa, Shadi Habib Allah (Palestine)
  • The Double, Roy Villevoye, Jan Dietvorst (the Netherlands)
  • Dream English Kid 1964-1999 AD, Mark Leckey (United Kingdom)
  • Elle pis son char, Loïc Darses (Canada)
  • Engram of Returning, Saïto Daïchi (Canada)
  • Establishing Eden, Persijn Broersen, Margit Lukács (the Netherlands, New Zealand)
  • Faux départ, Yto Barrada (Morocco)
  • Letters from Panduranga, Nguyen Trinh Thi (Vietnam)
  • Night Soil – Economy of Love, Melanie Bonajo (USA, the Netherlands)
  • Nightlife, Cyprien Gaillard (France)
  • not even nothing can be free of ghosts, Rainer Kohlberger (Austria, Germany)
  • Novaciéries, Jonathan Debrouwer, Marine Brutti, Arthur Harel (France)
  • One.Two.Three, Vincent Meessen (Belgium)
  • Painting with History in a Room Filled with People with Funny Names 3, Korakrit Arunanondchai (USA, Thailand, France)
  • Le Park, Randa Maroufi (France)
  • SEA STATE 6, Charles Yi Yong Lim (Singapore)
  • Solitary Acts (4, 5, 6), Nazli Dincel (USA, Turkey)
  • Tout le monde aime le bord de la mer, Keina Espiñeira (Spain)
  • Viva água, Cynthia Madansky (Italy)

Jury Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films

The jury for the Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films is made up of British artist, filmmaker and double winner of this award, Ben Rivers; politically committed artist, writer and filmmaker Naeem Mohaiemen from Bangladesh; and Mieke Bernink, professor on the Master’s degree course at the Netherlands Film Academy.

Short films

IFFR is a prominent showcase for short and medium-length films (45 to 65 minutes), and the programme is one of the most extensive of its kind in Europe. This year, the films can be found across the festival's programme and IFFR's four new sections: Bright Future, Voices, Deep Focus and Perspectives.

The full programme of more than 150 films screens from Monday 28 January through Monday 1 February in LantarenVenster. On 6 February this is also the venue for the Short Film marathon, a seven-hour screening of all the highlights of the programme. The awards will be presented on Sunday 31 January at 9 p.m. in LantarenVenster.

This Is Where Reconstruction Starts and Throwing Shadows

This year, the IFFR programme also encompasses the elements Throwing Shadows and This Is Where Reconstruction Starts. Throwing Shadows is a rare collection of psychedelic multi-projection films from Japan in the 1960s and ’70s, ranging from animations to newsreel montages. In This Is Where Reconstruction Starts, IFFR takes on the role of co-producer, alongside its screening role. Within the context of the events marking 75 years of post-war reconstruction in Rotterdam, IFFR asked six makers from all over the world to make a cinematic reflection on the theme of "reconstruction" – the reconstruction of a city that is now home to 175 different nationalities.

sound//vision

sound//vision is the successor to IFFR's popular Mind The Gap Nights. The sound//vision programmes always focus on innovative, experimental, adventurous audio-visual culture. The evenings present cooperations between musicians, video artists, filmmakers and other artists in the area of sound and vision. The late night programme takes place in the WORM venue on four successive nights during the festival, from Thursday 28 through Sunday 31 January 2016. Check out IFFR.com/soundvisionEN for further information and tickets.