Meet IFFR Young Selector Boaz

Rotterdam creatives Ilse Zijlmans, Sharine Rijsenburg, Xiang Yu Yeung and Boaz Schoevaars form the new IFFR Young Selectors. They take matters into their own hands by organising two film events: one before and one during the festival. From marketing to side-programming and production: these youngsters decide everything themselves! We asked them about their generation in Rotterdam, their most important IFFR moment and their plans with IFFR Young Selectors. Curious? Let’s get to know Boaz.

Tell us something about yourself! 
My name is Boaz, I’m twenty-three years old and this is my second edition as IFFR Young Selector. In my free time, I enjoy playing the guitar and I am an avid writer. I have a background in Arts and Culture Studies just like my Young Selectors buddy Xiang and I also have a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. Right now, I still have one year to go before I finish my master’s degree in Film Studies in Amsterdam, and alongside, I am still working at my side job at Koekela. Looking into the future, I want to enter the world of cinematography by making films, which I actually already started to pursue by participating as writer and director in the 48 Hour Film Project and I just started working on my own documentary. Besides this, I have interned for Circe Films and more recently I worked as a production assistant for Kaweh Modiri’s upcoming film MITRA.

As a Rotterdammer, what would you like to achieve with IFFR Young Selectors collective? 
Despite not being a ‘real Rotterdammer’, I have truly fallen in love with Rotterdam and its culture so I’m not leaving, haha. The myriad of communities in the city has inspired me to keep working in the same direction as last year and produce events that speak to the vibrant diversity of Rotterdam. For this edition, we will deal with a different theme, but we’ll follow a similar path so that we can show the dynamics and importance of the communities that create Rotterdam’s essence. I was personally very touched during our screening of Girls Lost, due to the number of people that came to us and thanked us for the movie and the work we put into the event. It felt so nice to see that people enjoyed and identified with what we wanted to share. It’s more than solely watching a film. Besides that, I look forward to working with two amazing new Young Selectors.

What is your ultimate IFFR experience or film? 
In terms of experience, I have volunteered three consecutive years at Cinerama during IFFR. I remember this as such a fun time because I volunteered with my friends, which meant twelve days of watching films and working together. One of my favourite films of IFFR 2019 was Black Mother, it was amazing! Of course this year I got to watch even more films due to the IFFR Young Selectors. Other favourites were Carlos Reygadas’ Nuestro tiempo, Another Day of Life by Raúl de la Fuente and Damian Nenow and A Land Imagined by Yeo Siew Hua.

Meet IFFR Young Selector Xiang

Meet IFFR Young Selector Sharine

Meet IFFR Young Selector Ilse