Still: Las campañas de invierno
8th Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam 10 – 14 April 2019
Rotterdam, 20 March 2019
8th edition Curaçao IFFR in the starting blocks
Audience favourite Capharnaüm to open five-day film festival in Willemstad
CIFFR opens with the screening of Nadine Labaki’s Oscar-nominated Capharnaüm, winner of the BankGiro Loterij Audience Award at IFFR 2019. Next to IFFR highlights, the programme of the following days includes films such as Shoplifters by Hirokazu Kore-eda, If Beale Street Could Talk by Barry Jenkins and the Hubert Bals Fund-supported Monos by Alexis Dos Santos and Alejandro Landes.
Yellow Robin Award Competition
For the seventh time, CIFFR presents the Yellow Robin Award Competition, in which five films by emerging filmmakers from the Caribbean and Latin America compete for the Yellow Robin Award. This year’s selections are Las campañas de invierno by Rafael Ramírez (Cuba), En cenizas by Camila Rodríguez Triana (Colombia),
Noemí Gold by Dan Rubenstein (Argentina), Tierra adentro by Mauro Colombo (Panama) and Xquipi’ Guie’dani by Xavi Sala (Mexico).An international jury picks the winning film, which is guaranteed a spot in IFFR 2020’s Bright Future programme and will also screen at Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico later in the year. The winning filmmaker receives a cash prize of $2,500 as well as $7,500 worth of training in the context of talent development in programmes such as BoostNL or CineMart.
IFFR’s festival director Bero Beyer: “IFFR’s sister festival in Curaçao gives the filmmaking talent of the Caribbean region a window to the world. The winner of last year’s Yellow Robin Award, Khalik Allah, came to Rotterdam in January 2019 to present his gut-wrenching film Black Mother and give a Big Talk in collaboration with World Press Photo. A name to remember. The films selected for the upcoming competition promise to be just as exciting.”
Caribbean Shorts Competition
CIFFR 2019 will also see the third instalment of the Caribbean Shorts Competition. This programme is the result of a region-wide collaboration between seven film festivals – in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago and Curaçao. Each festival has submitted a short film to enter the Caribbean Shorts Competition. The winning film will later screen at all these festivals, as well as the next edition of IFFR.
In a special mini-programme called Caribbean Artists in Focus, CIFFR screens a number of short films paying hommage to groundbreaking artists in the region. Selections include the documentary portrait of Curaçao-based artist Geerdine Kuijpers entitled Free as a Bird by Curaçaoan filmmaker Sharelly Emanuelson, and Hollandse Meesters in de 21ste eeuw: Tirzo Martha by Dutch filmmaker (and IFFR programmer) Tessa Boerman.
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About International Film Festival Rotterdam
With nearly 330,000 admissions and over 2,400 film professionals attending, IFFR is one of the largest audience and industry-driven film festivals in the world, offering a high quality line-up of fiction and documentary feature films, short films, exhibitions, performances, masterclasses and talks.IFFR actively supports new and adventurous filmmaking talent through numerous industry initiatives including co-production market CineMart, the Reality Check conference, the BoostNL initiative, the Hubert Bals Fund and Rotterdam Lab. IFFR's 49th edition takes place from Wednesday 22 January to Sunday 2 February 2020. More information can be found at IFFR.com.