In Toronto, IFFR festival director Bero Beyer announced his first plans for the 45th IFFR. Eight films will compete in the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition for a single Hivos Tiger Award worth €40,000, to be shared by director and producer. In addition, a special jury award worth €10,000 will be presented to an exceptional artistic achievement within the competition. Beyer also announced the first of eight films to be selected for the Hivos Tigers Competition: History's Future by director and artist Fiona Tan.
Previously, approximately 15 films competed for three equal awards of € 15,000. “We aim to focus as much attention as we can, as well as we can, on the best, the most innovative, the most original and most challenging works by filmmakers”, said Bero Beyer. “This is why we have not only increased the prize money, but also chosen a structure in which we will put a new ‘Tiger’ in the spotlight every day. At IFFR, we strive to celebrate and honour exceptional films and makers, and give them the maximum possible attention.”
The streamlined Hivos Tiger Awards Competition will be part of a more contextualised programme, in which films are selected and presented for their character and spirit. All of the films that will screen at IFFR 2016 will be included in one of four programme sections.
The first of these will present new film talent through innovative, daring and original films, some of which will be included in the competition. The second section will contain inspirational films by established makers. These will be films that already have a distributor and will screen in arthouse cinemas after the festival and are aimed at a broad audience. Beyer: “IFFR has always played an important role in launching exceptional films and supporting distribution. In addition, we will be looking for ways to optimize this role, for example through the IFFR Live project, initiated in 2014, and in which five titles were simultaneously screened in 40 cinemas throughout Europe.”
The third programme section will use master classes, retrospectives and special programs to go deeper into the world of cinema. And in the fourth section, filmmakers and critics will explore the landscape of film from various angles and the overlaps between film, television and other media will be investigated.