Update: On Friday 30 January 2015, the three winners of the Hivos Tiger Awards were announced: La obra del siglo by Carlos M. Quintela; Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes) by Juan Daniel F. Molero and Vanishing Point by Jakrawal Nilthamrong. And more awards were handed out: the MovieZone Award, The Big Screen Award, NETPAC Award, FIPRESCI Award and KNF Award. Go to the IFFR website for complete information.
Below is the full line-up and jury of the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition 2015. In the competition, 13 films by first and second time feature filmmakers from across the world compete for three prizes of €15,000 each, awarded by the festival’s five Tiger jury members. Eleven of the thirteen competing films will receive their world premieres at IFFR.
From its inception in 1995, the competition has devoted itself to discovering, celebrating and awarding emerging international film talent. This year it includes Laura Citarella & Verónica Llinás, who will represent Argentina with La mujer de los perros, Danish director Jeppe Rønde presenting his new film Bridgend, British director Martin Radich with Norfolk and Thai director Jakrawal Nilthamrong who will be in Rotterdam to present his film Vanishing Point. Eleven of the thirteen competing films will receive their world premieres at IFFR with the remaining two films screening as international premieres.
Five films in the competition were partly financed by IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund (HBF): La mujer de los perros by Laura Citarella & Verónica Llinás, Vanishing Point by Jakrawal Nilthamrong, Another Trip to the Moon by Ismail Basbeth, La obra del siglo by Carlos Quintela and Videophilia (and other Viral Syndromes) by Juan Daniel Fernández Molero.
The Hivos Tiger Awards jury is comprised of acclaimed stage and screen actor Johanna ter Steege, director of the Filmoteca Española Jose Maria Prado Garcia, Dutch born, Australian auteur Rolf de Heer, award winning Japanese producer Shozo Ichiyama and former Tiger Award winning director Maja Miloš. The winners, selected by the jury, will be announced at the Hivos Tiger Award Ceremony on Friday 30 January.
Hivos’ support for filmmakers
As a main sponsor of IFFR, Hivos has attached its name to the Hivos Tiger Awards competition. In countries where speaking freely is risky, filmmakers are able to push the envelope like no one else. Hivos therefore gives filmmakers worldwide a voice because innovative cinema is vital to a free society.
Hivos Tiger Awards full line-up:
ABOVE AND BELOW by Nicolas Steiner (Switzerland/Germany) – International Premiere
Above and Below is a rough and rhythmic roller coaster ride for five survivors in their daily hustle through an apocalyptic world. A mind-blowing, cinematic exploration of contemporary existence in the US.
ANOTHER TRIP TO THE MOON by Ismail Basbeth (Indonesia) – World Premiere
The magical surrealist journey of Asa, daughter of a shaman, who confronts her own mother while fighting for her life and freedom.
BRIDGEND by Jeppe Rønde (Denmark) – World Premiere
Over a 5-year period in Bridgend in Wales, 79 people, many of them teenagers, committed suicide without leaving any clue as to why. This is the starting point for this mysterious social drama. Hannah Murray is very convincing as the ‘new girl in town’ in Danish Rønde’s feature debut.
GLUCKAUF by Remy van Heugten (The Netherlands) – World Premiere
Social drama about the oppressive relationship between a father and son who, as modern outlaws, struggle to survive in the Dutch province of Limburg.
HARUKO’S PARANORMAL LABORATORY by Lisa Takeba (Japan) – World Premiere
Haruko is a girl who prefers to cuddle up to her old-fashioned TV set. In this wondrous story, a television can change into a man: and this is by no means the end of the strange cheerfulness of this film.
IMPRESSIONS OF A DROWNED MAN by Kyros Papavassiliou (Cyprus/Greece/Slovenia) – World Premiere
A man who does not know who he is meets his former love. She tells him he is a famous poet, Kostas Karyotakis, who killed himself in 1928. Every year he returns on the anniversary of his death.
LA MUJER DE LOS PERROS by Laura Citarella & Verónica Llinás (Argentina) – World Premiere
The protagonist of ‘Dog Lady’ is a woman (Llinás) who lives on the outskirts of Buenos Aires with a pack of dogs in a house like so many other humble shacks in the urban sprawl of the city.
NORFOLK by Martin Radich (United Kingdom) – World Premiere
Norfolk is a haunting thriller about a reclusive father and son whose close relationship is threatened when the father’s violent past catches up with them.
LA OBRA DEL SIGLO by Carlos Quintela (Cuba/Argentina/Germany/Switzerland) – World Premiere
Three Cuban men, obliged by circumstance to live together under the same roof, pass their days in the Electronuclear City.
PARABELLUM by Lukas Valenta Rinner (Argentina/Austria/Uruguay) – World Premiere
In the company of homemakers, professionals and a retired tennis instructor, Hernán is part of a middle-class community that is preparing for the eventual arrival of the end of the world at a holiday resort in the marshy Tigre delta.
TIRED MOONLIGHT by Britni West (USA) – International Premiere
Combustible dreams fail to ignite as lonely, middle-aged, Dawn is confronted by lost love in a glorified-pit-stop town.
VANISHING POINT by Jakrawal Nilthamrong (Thailand) – World Premiere
A drama depicting life along different paths. As two men delve deep down in search for what could heal their pain, the path of imagination leads them to see themselves in each other.
VIDEOPHILIA (AND OTHER VIRAL SYNDROMES) by Juan Daniel Fernández Molero (Peru) – World Premiere
A teenage misfit meets a weird slacker online who is obsessed with conspiracy theories and underground porn. They try to hook up in real life, but unfolding supernatural events start to control their destinies.