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Jorge Cadena (El cuento de Antonia), one of the three Tiger Award for Short Film winners.

46th International Film Festival Rotterdam

25 January - 5 February 2017

Rotterdam, 29 January 2017

IFFR announces winners Tiger Awards for Short Films 2017

Rotterdam, 31 January 2017: The jury for the Tiger Competition for Short Films completed its deliberations and announced tonight El cuento de Antonia by Jorge Cadena, Rubber Coated Steel by Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Sakhisona by Prantik Basu as the winners of the Tiger Awards for Short Films 2017. The three winning filmmakers each receive a 3,000 Euro prize. The Jury also nominated Information Skies by Metahaven to compete in the short film category of the European Film Awards (EFA) later this year.

The jury for the Tiger Competition for Short Films was made up of Finnish artist, filmmaker and former winner of this award, Salla Tykkä (Giant, 2014); University of Amsterdam professor of Media Studies Patricia Pisters, and Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator of International Art (Film) at Tate Modern in London.

On El cuento de Antonia the jury commented: “A powerful film about a girl’s resistance to cultural and religious conventions told via different rituals of initiation. The young director demonstrates his capacity to work with actors and transpose the energy of the story in strongly framed and edited images.” On Rubber Coated Steel: “A highly topical film that digs below the surface of recorded information to investigate reality. By inventing an apparatus that translates forensic evidence, the film demonstrates how art must play a role in contemporary society.” And on Sakhisona: “A surreal, poetic approach towards the myths that are hidden in the archeological layers of the earth. The film engages the viewer in a beautiful black-and-white aesthetic and evokes a love story that connects to the vitality of nature.”

Out of the 23 nominees in competition, the jury selected Information Skies as their European Film Awards nomination: “In the tradition of the best essay films, this post-fact meditation on our high tech world stands out with its original imagery. Both the graphic quality of the animations and the distinctive dramatised scenes convey dreams and hopes for the future.”

Full line-up Tiger Competition for Short Films 2017

As Without So Within by Manuela de Laborde, USA/UK/Mexico

August by Omer Fast, Germany

Cloacinae by Serge Onnen & Sverre Fredriksen, The Netherlands/China

El cuento de Antonia by Jorge Cadena, Colombia/Switzerland

Deletion by Esther Urlus, The Netherlands

Fajr by Lois Patiño, Spain/Marocco

From Source to Poem by Rosa Barba, Germany

Fuddy Duddy by Siegfried A. Fruhauf, Austria

Holy God by Vladlena Sandy, Russia

Information Skies by Metahaven, South Korea/The Netherlands

Into All That Is Here by Laure Prouvost, UK

Joanne by Simon Fujiwara, UK

Last Days of Leningrad by Maria Zennström, Sweden/Russia

The Lost Object by Sebastian Diaz Morales, The Netherlands

Lunar Dial by Gao Yuan, China

Meridian Plain by Laura Kraning, USA

No Shooting Stars by Basim Magdy, Egypt/Switzerland

Nyo vweta Nafta by Ico Costa, Portugal/Mozambique

On Generation and Corruption by Makino Takashi, Japan

Rubber Coated Steel by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Libanon/Germany

Sakhisona by Prantik Basu, India

Super Taboo by Su Hui-yu, Taiwan

What the Heart Wants by Cécile B. Evans, Germany/UK/Belgium/Australia

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