Awards for 2015
The Project of the Century: Carlos Quintela
In dealing with both living and broken dreams, LA OBRA DEL SIGLO (Carlos M. Quintela) confronts themes both intimate and epic. With its wonderful performances, with its humour and poignancy and boldness of execution, the film resonates with history.
Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes): Juan Daniel F. Molero
Juan Daniel F. Molero's VIDEOPHILIA (AND OTHER VIRAL SYNDROMES) explores the relationship between the young and the rapidly changing world with unflinching truth. Its anarchy and visual flair reflect its subject matter. The film dives deep into disturbing, necessary waters.
Vanishing Point: Jakrawal Nilthamrong
VANISHING POINT (Jakrawal Nilthamrong) combines and juxtaposes image and sound to create a powerful style. It grapples with ideas and story-telling in a provoking and different way, making it a visceral cinematic experience.
Tiger Award for Short Film
Things: Ben Rivers
We chose this film, for its exquisite crafting and ambitious approach to the personal and the diarystic. For its toilet-humour, and the way in which the filmmaker successfully collapses style and rhythm.
La fièvre: Safia Benhaim
For its poetic and human use of images and sounds to engage with complex political histories. Its feverish pace and arresting cinematography. Its ominous, hallucinogenic soundtrack.
Prix UIP Rotterdam (European Short Film)
Nøgle hus spejl: Michael Noer
Dealing with life, love and loss the winning film has moved the entire jury. The director's original use of perspective puts the viewer directly in the blind spot of the protagonist. Painful yet sincere, the alternation of hope and tragedy becomes tangible through natural acting and a loose style of filming. Combined, this brings the pungent and current subject matter grippingly close. As the Dutch film critics jury we strongly believe that, with the support of NCP Holland, the film deserves a place in Dutch theatres.
Battles: Isabelle Tollenaere
BATTLES is a unique visual essay that blends elements of fiction with a more traditionally structural documentary style. Each chapter builds upon the last without being prescriptive. The ambiguity, universality and performance elements lend the film a powerful, lasting effect. Tollenaere's original examination of the traces of war and persistence of the past create a striking imaginary landscape. With its piercing sound design and impressive cinematography, the film offers a fresh perspective on the naturalisation of the culture of war. A strong debut, Tollenaere's well-crafted mise-en-scene displays a clear talent for cinematic language and she definitely has a bright future.
Poet on a Business Trip: Anqi Ju
For being a courageous film about a journey of discovery, constructed through poetry and the physical body, its honesty imbues it with a poignant humanity. With its unique hybrid of documentary and fiction, it shows us a China that has since changed drastically offering a sharp commentary on the present geopolitical situation.
The Dark Horse: James Napier Robertson
, Tom Hern
The film stood out for its strong script and emotional acting. THE DARK HORSE is not just a film to amuse the audience, but it also carries a philosophical message, which can be applied to all of us. A beautiful movie filled with very strong emotional scenes, a great script and intensely engaged actors. This combined with a humoristic swing and good choice of music makes this movie a great experience for everyone. Our advice: just go and watch it yourself, then you'll understand!
Arte France Cinéma Award
Big Screen Award
Second Coming: Debbie Tucker Green
SECOND COMING shows the daily life of a middle-class Jamaican family in London, focusing on life as it is. Daily happiness combined with daily problems. The viewer gets the feeling that he is part of the family, the way of life of this family is recognizable to everyone. The house is furnished in a way we see around us, with details of their lifestyle we recognize from our own family life when we were kids. The universal happy family life contradicts with the specific and intense problems unfolding. We feel the loneliness of the main character, as well as being hopeful in the situation she as a person is in. The film makes a strong appearance with its terrific actors and nuanced script, giving the viewer characters who are convincing and sensible. The director takes the time to empathize and connect with a family both near and distant to us. The clever dramaturgy highlights specific aspects of the story while leaving other aspects in the dark, which results in an exciting storyline.
Lions Film Award
Wouter Barendrecht Award