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Hubert Bals Fund announces winners Fall 2012 Selection Round

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      The Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has selected twenty-five film projects that receive grants for script development, digital production, postproduction, distribution or workshops. In its Fall 2012 selection round, the Fund gives 330,000 Euro to projects from seventeen Asian, Eastern European, Latin-American and African countries. (See full list below)   From many strong applications for workshop initiatives, the Hubert Bals Fu...

Rotterdam Festival and CineMart to add prizes and Competition

The International Film Festival Rotterdam introduces a new Competition. Aimed to support the distribution of films in Dutch cinemas, The Big Screen Award Competition will include ten very recent films with no Benelux distributor confirmed. The Big Screen Award will be awarded by an Audience Jury. The Dutch Circle of Film Critics (KNF) Jury will choose their winner among these ten films as well. Both prizes come with a guaranteed distribution offer for the Benelux, in collaboration with local d...

First Curaçao IFFR opens 29 March with Marley

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Fundashon Bon Intenshon is proud to present the first edition of the Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam (Curaçao IFFR). From Thursday 29 March until Sunday 1 April 2012, Curaçao IFFR presents a strong selection of twenty-seven feature length films (both documentary and fiction) as well as eleven short films from around the world in the new six-screen multiplex theatre The Cinemas, located in the Otrobanda district of Willemstad. The festival programme, made in collaboration with th...

Jury’s award films from the IFFR Rotterdam 2012 program

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During the IFFR 2012 Awards Ceremony on Friday, February 3, 2012 in festival venue de Doelen, the winning films of the 41st International Film Festival Rotterdam were announced. The three Hivos Tiger Awards were granted to feature débuts Egg and Stone by Huang Ji (China), Hubert Bals Fund-supported film Thursday Till Sunday by Dominga Sotomayor (Chile/Netherlands) and Clip by Maja Miloš (Serbia), which also took the KNF Award of the Dutch film critics. Hubert Bals Fund-supported and competin...

Short films awarded at Rotterdam Fest

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Short films awarded at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012Monday 30 January, Makino Takashi’s GENERATOR (Japan), Mati Diop’s BIG IN VIETNAM (France) and Jeroen Eijsinga’s SPRINGTIME (Netherlands) were awarded the three equal Tiger Awards for Short Films 2012. The jury gave a Special Jury Mention to Charlotte Lim Lay Kuen for her short film I’M LISA (Malaysia).The International Film Festival Rotterdam short film nominee for the European Film Awards 2012 is IM FREIEN (IN THE OPEN) b...

The Middle East Goes to Rotterdam

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  Rotterdam dates (January 25th- February 5, 2012) Vanessa McMahon – Rotterdam: While Western technology and social media has influenced modern life in the Middle East, as experienced with the wave of revolutions across the Arab world over the past year, the West has likewise been greatly influenced by the Middle East, with its growing economy and growing West-to-East diaspora... READ MORE HERE:  www.varietyarabia.com/Docs.Viewer/7cae757c-cdbe-4880-9532-d5...

Rotterdam Closing Night Film: The Hunter trailer

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam closes its 41st edition on Saturday February 4 with a screening of The Hunter. The Hunter is a powerful psycholigical drama that tells the story of Martin (Willem Dafoe) a mercenary sent from Europe by a mysterious bio-tech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger. Next to Willem Dafoe (Spiderman, The English Patient, Platoon), The Hunter stars Frances O’Connor (Blessed, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Mansfield Park) ...

IFFR presents 196 short films in Spectrum Shorts

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam has selected 196 short films from more than 3,500 submissions for its main programme Spectrum Shorts, which can be seen from Thursday 26 through Monday 30 January in LantarenVenster. This year, Spectrum Shorts encompasses no less than 42 world premières; many of these films that have been made by young filmmakers and video artists from all over the world. Short films can also be seen in the IFFR's Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films; screening in...

Torres Leivas pays homage to Raúl Ruiz

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  For the past three years, a special leader has been made for the Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) to be screened at the IFFR ahead of films made possible with support from the HBF. To make these leaders, the HBF approaches filmmakers who received support from the Fund early on in their careers. These filmmakers are then given complete artistic freedom to make a leader. Following on from Lisandro Alonso and Raya Martin, this year it is the turn of Chilean director José Luis Torres Leiva. ...

International Film Festival Rotterdam attracts filmmakers from around the globe

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) welcomes some 2,500 professional guests this year. Filmmakers expected to attend include Michel Gondry, Wang Xiaoshuai, Lucas Belvaux, Miike Takashi, Mohammad Rasoulof, Tsukamoto Shinya, Aki Kaurismäki, Andrea Arnold, Steve McQueen, Julió Bressane, Kobayashi Masahiro, Eric Khoo, Bouli Lanners, Ruben Östlund and Garin Nugroho as well as some 250 other filmmakers. Actors expected to attend include Sophie Quinton and Nicole Garcia, for their role...

Rotterdam Lab welcomes 78 young film producers

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam welcomes 78 young film producers taking part in the 12th edition of the Rotterdam Lab. The participants of CineMart’s successful event for emerging producers have been nominated by the twenty-eight Rotterdam Lab partner organisations. Rotterdam Lab, part of CineMart, takes place January 28 – February 1. (See full list of participants attached and partner organisations below)For its 12th edition, Rotterdam Lab also welcomes eight new partner organisat...

Fifteen films competing for IFFR's Tiger Awards 2012

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Fifteen films have been selected for IFFR's Tiger Awards Competition 2012. The complete lineup, comprising first or second feature films concurring for three equal Hivos Tiger Awards of each 15,000 euro, includes eight world premieres. Five competing films have received support from Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals Fund.The Rotterdam Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films 2012 comprises twenty-one films, ranging in length from five to fifty-six minutes. Nine short films in competition will see their ...

New films by renowned filmmakers in IFFR’s Spectrum

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In its main section Spectrum, the International Film Festival Rotterdam screens films by experienced directors and maestros of artistic and experimental cinema. In total, Spectrum is made up of seventy-two features and documentaries from thirty-two countries, among which six films supported by IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund. The full Spectrum title list is available here.Sixteen of the Spectrum films will be world premières, including those by Pat Holden (UK); Daniel Rosenfeld (Argentina); Garin Nug...

Some experiences outside the screening room in Rotterdam Fest

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IFFR’s For Real offers cinematic experiences outside the screening roomThe theme programme For Real, part of International Film Festival Rotterdam’s main section Signals, presents a series of cinematic experiences outside the screening room. Festival visitors participate not only as an extra or actor, but may even become a filmmaker in the HOME MOVIE FACTORY by Michel Gondry. Another spectacular event within For Real is EYE TRAP in which the Metropole Orchestra plays a soundtrack, composed f...

CineMart 2012 presents 36 film projects

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CineMart, the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s co-production market has selected 36 film projects (from 465 entries) which will be presented to approximately 850 potential co-financiers. Reputed filmmakers such as Kelly Reichardt, Ruben Östlund, Quintin Dupieux, Athina Rachel Tsangari and Úrszula Antoniak will launch their new projects. The selection further includes feature length débuts, a project from a director with a film in Tiger Awards Competition and films participating in th...

IFFR appoints Bianca Taal as programmer for 2012 edition

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam has appointed Bianca Taal as programmer for its upcoming edition. Bianca will oversee the 2012 selection of feature length films from Greece, Turkey, Israel, Iran and the Arab world. She is also a member of the CineMart Selection Committee. After finishing her Film and Television Studies at the University of Utrecht, Bianca Taal started working with the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2001 as a staff member of the Hubert Bals Fund and ...

IFFR appoints programmers Inge de Leeuw and Evgeny Gusyatinskiy

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam has appointed two new festival programmers. Inge de Leeuw (the Netherlands) will select films from the English-speaking world and Evgeny Gusyatinskiy (Russia) from Russia, Central and Eastern Europe. Festival director Rutger Wolfson on the appointments: “Having contributed vigorously to the success and character of the IFFR for many years, programmers Erwin Houtenbrink, Ludmila Cvikova and Irma Dulmers have left the festival. The enormous range of fil...

Rotterdam fest will organise a new film festival on Curaçao

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On 7 June 2011, the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) and the Fundashon Bon Intenshon signed a partnership agreement sealing their organisation of a four-day film festival in Willemstad on Curaçao in 2012. The first edition of the new festival will take place from Thursday 29 March – Sunday 1 April 2012 under the name ‘Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam’. Curaçao IFFR’s main location will be The Cinemas, the new six-screen complex in the Otrobanda area of Willems...

Incendies is Rotterdam 2011 audiences’ favourite; 340,000 visits to anniversary edition

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Canadian feature Incendies by Denis Villeneuve has won the UPC Audience Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2011. The other award decided by the audience - the Dioraphte Award for Best Hubert Bals Fund-supported film - went to former CineMart Project If the Seed Doesn't Die by Serbian filmmaker Sinisa Dragin. This was announced on the evening of Saturday, 5 February in the Grote Zaal in de Doelen, Rotterdam. IFFR 2011 racked up 340,000 visits to its films, exhibitions, perform...

Jury's award films from the IFFR 2011 program

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Tiger Awards go to South Korea, Spain and Thailand   During the IFFR 2010 Awards Ceremony on Friday, February 4, 2011 in the Oude Luxor Theater, the winning films of the 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam were announced. The Tiger Awards Ceremony included a solo performance by Sonic Youth-front man Lee Ranaldo, member of the Tiger Awards Jury.   The three Tiger Awards were granted to feature débuts The Journals of Musan by Park Jung-Bum (South Korea), Finisterrae by ...

IFFR 2011 closes with The Fighter

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The 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam will be closed, Saturday evening February 5, with the screening of David O'Russell's The Fighter, winner of two Golden Globes for Best Supporting Actor (Christian Bale) and Best Supporting Actress (Melissa Leo). Prior to the screening the IFFR announces the winners of the UPC Audience Award (Best Festival Film 2011) and the Dioraphte Award (Best Hubert Bals Fund Supported Film 2011) as the result of audience votes. The Fighter replaces, as wa...

International Film Festival Rotterdam Prizes

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Each year, the International Film Festival Rotterdam celebrates a number of outstanding films with a variety of awards. Many of these prizes are awarded by (international) juries, and several of them are conferred upon the winners by the IFFR audiences.  Feature films awards Tiger Awards (three prizes of € 15,000 each awarded by an international jury) Dioraphte Award (one prize of € 10,000 awarded to a film from the Hubert Bals Fund Harvest) UPC Audience Award (one...

Short Films awarded at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2011

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Monday January 31, Nicolas Provost's Stardust (Belgium), Nathaniel Dorsky's Pastourelle (USA) and Natasha Mendonca's Jan Villa (USA/India) were awarded the three equal Rotterdam Tiger Awards for Short Films 2011. Alberto De Michele's I Lupi (The Wolves, Italy) took the Rotterdam Short Film Nomination for the European Film Awards 2011. The New Arrivals Award went to Silent Things by Rob Brown (UK).   Rotterdam Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films The seventh Rotterdam Tiger Awa...

Former Tiger competitors bring new films in ‘Return of the Tiger'

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To mark its 40th anniversary, the International Film Festival Rotterdam is screening a selection of films made this year by former Tiger Award candidates, in its Return of the Tiger programme. Aimed at bringing new, unknown and innovative filmmakers to the attention of audiences and international film professionals, the Tiger Awards Competition has been a major feature of the IFFR since 1995.   This Return of the Tiger program will be accompanied by a one-off award, the Return of the Tiger A...

Greek film Wasted Youth to open 40th IFFR

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The 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam will open on the evening of Wednesday 26 January with the world première of the Greek film Wasted Youth, a fiction film also selected for the festival's Tiger Awards Competition. Co-directors Argyris Papadimitropoulos and Jan Vogel, the producers and cast members Haris Markou, Ieronimos Kaletsanos, Arthouros Kiviliof, Jason Wastor and Themis Bazaka will be present at the opening.   Wasted Youth is set during a hot summer day in Athens. A six...

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