IFFR Pro Award winners announced 

05 February 2021

Winners Evi Kalogiropoulou and Amanda Livanou

On Friday 5 February 2021 our newly formed digital community of film professionals came together for the final time to celebrate the end of the first-ever online IFFR Pro Days. Take a look at the awards and jury reports below to see some of the most promising film projects we’ve been working on. 

Full list of awards and jury reports

Eurimages Co-production Development Award 

This award of €20,000 is awarded by CineMart together with the Council of Europe’s Eurimages Fund to a project that is or will be a European co-production. 

Winning project: Cora by Evi Kalogiropoulou, produced by Neda Film (Greece)

Jury report: “First of all, we would like to emphasise the quality and diversity of projects developed by experienced directors and new talents. The jury particularly appreciated the very original presentation of some video pitches and the fruitful exchanges with the project teams. After exchanging in a constructive manner, the jury chose to support a supernatural drama featuring two unexpected female characters struggling for freedom and identity in a unique and colourful industrial setting.”

Jury members: Maria Drandaki, Fiorella Moretti and Pablo Perez de Lema


Eurimages Co-Production Development Award

For a CineMart project that is an European co-production

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. 

Winning project: A Dutiful Wife by Haolu Wang, produced by Factory Gate Films (China)

Jury report: “We decided to give our award to a first feature by a female filmmaker who creates immersive, subjective narratives in order to explore the characters’ psychological and emotional journeys, often blurring the boundaries between reality and imagination. The writer-director and her producers are open to working with a European crew and are looking for international partners who can bring funds and input from their perspectives. We believe European support can help them defend the project and give the filmmaker more freedom to speak up. The project is universal, it deals with the human condition and in particular with women’s rights. It is the story of a psychiatrist whose missing husband appears to be locked in her wardrobe.”

Jury members: Annamaria Lodato, Julie Savary, Anton Scholten, Ada Solomon


ARTEKino International Prize

CineMart award to support and promote independent films

Filmmore Post-production Award 

Visual effects and post-production lab Filmmore presents this award of €7,500 together with CineMart to a project in aid of visual effects and post-production.

Winning project: Kabul Jan by Shahrbanoo Sadat, produced by Adomeit Film UG (Germany), Adomeit Film ApS (Denmark), Wolf Pictures (Afghanistan) 

Jury report: “The jury was immediately drawn to this project, not least because it was rare to see a comedy. A woman falls in love with a married man twice her age. Against the backdrop of a violent city and a strict Islamic society, where war is part of everyday life, the lovers have to find ways of meeting each other. As director Shahrbanoo Sadat puts it: Afghanistan deserves to be seen differently and it is a duty to do so. To support her in that task, the Filmmore Post-production Award goes to Kabul Jan.”

Jury members: Annamaria Lodato, Julie Savary, Anton Scholten, Ada Solomon


Filmmore Post-Production Award

Cinemart award for post-production, granted by Filmmore

Wouter Barendrecht Award 

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

Winning project: De Maalstroom by Teddy Cherim, produced by Graniet Film (Netherlands)

Jury report: “After careful consideration, the jury decided to grant the Wouter Barendrecht Award to a project about a personal family history coinciding with and against the background of contemporary social issues. The makers strive for an optimistic approach and their guiding principle is light humour with a twist. The final convincing factor was their choice for a cast consisting mainly of immigrants and refugees.”

Jury members: Ellis Driessen, Nelleke Driessen


Wouter Barendrecht Award

For young filmmakers with a project selected for CineMart

IFFR Young Film Critics Award 

The IFFR 2021 Young Film Critics, who take part in a training programme during the festival, award €2,500 to the project they would most like to see realised based on the Spotlight presentations and pitching videos. Whilst only CineMart and BoostNL projects were eligible for all of the awards, the Immersive projects were also included in the competition for the IFFR Young Film Critics Award.

Winning project: Viêt and Nam by Truong Minh Quý, produced by Epicmedia Productions Inc (Vietnam/Philippines)

Jury report: “Viet and Nam promises an inimitable narrative that places queer male bodies within Vietnam’s natural landscape, a place marred by colonial scars, ecological devastation and the aftermath of war. Through its poetic visual sensibility, this project provides an opportunity to reclaim love and memory as integral parts of an emancipation process; a path for contemporary identities to resurface from dark and dirt-ridden coal mines into a brighter future.”

Jury members: Alonso Aguilar, Madeleine Collier, Jason Tan Liwag, Łukasz Mańkowski, Ren Scateni, Zanji Sinkala


IFFR Young Film Critics Award

The IFFR Young Film Critics Award is the audience engagement award and is open to all selected projects.

Head of IFFR Pro Marit van den Elshout: “We have truly enjoyed our first-ever online edition of IFFR Pro Days. We’ve seen two weeks of interaction and connection with producers in the Rotterdam Lab, project teams in CineMart, filmmakers with films in the festival programme and attending film professionals. The resilience of the film industry and the dedication to connect and exchange was inspiring after months of planning this online edition. We felt the energy transcend the screen and believe we have been able to foster new collaborations that will drive our industry forward. We hope to take the success of this experience, our expanded skill-set and a renewed spark with us into future editions.”

Read our complete collection of introductions to the CineMart projects here


Meet the project teams

Prepare your meetings by reading in on the personal motivations of the teams.

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