The UPC Audience Award of the 43rd International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) was won by NEBRASKA by Alexander Payne, and the Dioraphte Award went to the official opening film, QISSA, by Anup Singh. NEBRASKA tells the tragicomic story of a father and son who travel through economically blighted Nebraska on their way to find a million dollars.
Hans Blom, VP Marketing of UPC the Netherlands, stressed the importance of recognising independent cinema. ”Beautiful, engaging and exceptional films deserve a large audience and, in the case of the Audience Award winner Nebraska, this is most certainly the case”, Blom said.
Eleven festival films were realised thanks to support from the festival’s Hubert Bals Fund, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Director Anup Singh and three of the actresses from the award winner QISSA stressed the importance of the Fund’s support while attending the festival.