In an eventful night with a limited guest list, the IFFR concluded its formal competition and its selected juries handed out ten awards to nine different films.
By IFFR Young Film Critic Rowan El Shimi
The ceremony was hosted by Fidan Ekiz and a representative of each jury went on stage to announce the selected winner.
The festival's official competition the Hivos Tiger Award worth €40,000 was handed to Radio Dreams by Babak Jalali to be shared with the producer of the film Marjaneh Moghimi, saying “For its subtle and humorous reflection on displacement and alienation of a group of misfits in a foreign culture.”Iranian Jalali was stunned to have won. "It's a real honour to be in Rotterdam. I've been trying for many years to get to Rotterdam," he said. "So I finally made it... I don't really win stuff, so I don't know what to say," he continued, making the audience laugh.
Another special jury prize worth €10,000 was handed to Pablo Lamar for La última tierra for exceptional artistic achievement for sound design.
The Bright Future Award – worth €10,000 – which is to be spent on the development of the filmmaker's next project was awarded to Las Lindas by Melisa Liebenthal. "The winning film convinced us by its playful, endearing and candid way of speaking about a generation, by using an impressive range of creative means. We are extremely curious to see what the director will do next," the jury said about the film.
VPRO Big Screen
An exciting award of IFFR is the VPRO Big Screen award which is awarded to a film having an international premier at IFFR chosen by an audience jury to have a commercial release in the Netherlands in cinemas and on television. The award was given to Les ogres by French director Léa Fehner who came on stage with her baby thanking the jury. "Life of a female director is very complicated but also very enjoyable, this is what I chose to do," Fehner says.
The KNF award which is given to a Dutch production or co-production with a world premier was given by the Circle of the Dutch Film Journalists to De waarneming (The Perception) by Frank Scheffer.
Region specific NETPAC award – which is given to the best Asian feature film by a jury from the Network for the promotion of Asian cinema – went to The Plague at the Karatas Village by Adilkhan Yerzhanov. "A film that is highly original in its cinematic form, while treating topics that are specific to the director’s country but universal at the same time. A story of corruption, the abuse of power and inertia are given an absurdist, Brechtian treatment. The director creates a totally unique universe, somewhere between Ionesco, Kafka and David Lynch," the jury said about the film.
The FIPRESCI Award is given to the filmmaker of the best film in Bright Future by the jury of the Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique (FIPRESCI). The award was handed out to the hybrid film Bodkin Ras by Kaweh Modiri.
In the festival's attempt to give a say to young people, the MovieZone award is given out by a jury of teenagers who chose Land of Mine by Martin Zandvliet. Land of Mine also won the Warsteiner Audience Award worth €10,000.
Finally the Hubert Bals Fund Dioraphte award went to El abrazo de la serpiente by Ciro Guerra which includes a cash prize of €10,000.