Tiger Grows More Teeth
In a move that reaffirms the festival’s continuing support for new talent, this year sees a 50 percent increase in the prize money awarded to winners of Rotterdam’s Tiger competition.
The cash awards given to the three winning filmmakers in the Tiger category – this year consisting of 15 features from first or second-time directors – is increasing from €10,000 to €15,000.
Festival director Rutger Wolfson said of the new amount: ‘We’re very, very happy that our sponsor, Dutch broadcaster VPRO, is increasing its support’, adding that the relationship between the festival and VPRO is ‘very solid’. He continues: ‘Unlike many other prizes, our award goes directly to the filmmakers. Increasing our prize money by 50 percent is therefore quite a substantial increase in help to them.’
Since its inception in 1995, the Tiger has enjoyed a reputation for breaking new talent; notable past prizewinners include Christopher Nolan for his 1998 film Following. The prestige that accompanies winning the competition is a big boost for emerging filmmakers, Wolfson argues: ‘The honour of winning is just as important as the money.’
But with the lowering of production costs thanks to digital technology, the Tiger prize money is sufficient to fund a micro-budgeted feature. ‘A film can cost as little as €10,000, so now we are paying for a film and half!’ Wolfson laughs. EL