International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) announced the competition award winners for its 51st edition with the Tiger Award going to EAMI by Paraguayan filmmaker Paz Encina. Paraguayan director Paz Encina travelled to Chaco for this film. She immersed herself in Ayoreo-Totobiegosode mythology, and listened to heartrending stories about how the people are being chased off their land. Based on the knowledge she acquired, she made a dreamy, magic-realist film about a little girl called Eami.
Excess Will Save Us by French Morgane Dziurla-Petit and To Love Again by Chinese director Gao Linyang both won Tiger Competition Special Jury Awards. The VPRO Big Screen Award went to Kung Fu Zohra by French filmmaker Mabrouk El Mechri.
The Tiger Competition jury, made up of Zsuzsi Bankuti, Gust Van den Berghe, Tatiana Leite, Thekla Reuten and Farid Tabarki, on Tiger Award winner EAMI: “We were unanimously affected by the powerful film created by the director and the team that succeeds in building a strong narrative that not only sustains itself visually, politically and also poetically, putting the lights on the global massacres of indigenous tribes, through the cry of the Paraguayan Ayoreo-Totobiegosode. This film gave us the opportunity to dream and at the same time the chance to wake up.”
The Ammodo Tiger Short Awards were handed out to Becoming Male in the Middle Ages by Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Neves Marques, Nazarbazi by Iranian director Maryam Tafakory and Nosferasta: First Bite by American filmmakers Bayley Sweitzer and Adam Khalil. IFFR additionally nominated Becoming Male in the Middle Ages by Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Neves Marques to the short film category for the European Film Awards (EFA).
The third annual Robby Müller Award was received by Thai cinematographer Sayombhu Mukdeeprom. The FIPRESCI Award was given to To Love Again by Chinese filmmaker Gao Linyang. The KNF Award went to American filmmaker Jon Rafman for his short film Punctured Sky
Film Festival Awards – Tiger Competition, Big Screen Competition, Ammodo Tiger Short Competition and more
Winner of the Tiger Award: EAMI by Paz Encina
Winners of the Special Jury Awards: Excess Will Save Us by Morgane Dziurla-Petit and To Love Again by Gao Linyang
Big Screen Competition
Winner of the VPRO Big Screen Award: Kung Fu Zohra by Mabrouk El Mechri.
Robby Müller Award
Acclaimed Thai cinematographer Sayombhu Mukdeeprom received the third annual Robby Müller Award at IFFR 2022.
Ammodo Tiger Short Competition
Winners of the Ammodo Tiger Short Awards: Becoming Male in the Middle Ages by Pedro Neves Marques, Nazarbazi by Maryam Tafakory and Nosferasta: First Bite by Bayley Sweitzer and Adam Khalil.
In addition, IFFR also nominated Becoming Male in the Middle Ages by Pedro Neves Marques to the short film category for the European Film Awards (EFA).
Winner of FIPRESCI Award: To Love Again by Gao Linyang.
Winner of KNF Award: Punctured Sky by Jon Rafman.
IFFR Pro Awards
Eurimages Co-production Development Award
Winner: Leave the Door Open, Judita Gamulin, produced by Eclectica (Croatia).
Special mention: Love #NoFilter, Mikael Bundsen, produced by Kjellson & Wik (Sweden).
Filmmore Post-production Award
Winner: Nightsong, Maya Da-Rin, produced by Tamanduá Vermelho & Still Moving (Brazil/France).
ArteKino International Award
Winner: Sorella di Clausura, produced by microFILM & Dunav 84 (Romania/Serbia).
Wouter Barendrecht Award
Winner: Mother of Gold, Madiano Marcheti, produced by Multiverso Produções (Brazil).
4DR Studios Award
First prize: Confident, Jérôme Blanquet, Bertrand Jeandel, produced by Maneki Films & Wise Bird (France).
Second prize: Duchampiana VR, Lilian Hess, produced by Tchikiboum (France/Germany).
IFFR Young Selectors Award
Winner: Love on Trial, Koji Fukada, produced by knockonwood Inc. & Survivance (Japan/France).
Dutch Post-production Award
Winner: This City is a Battlefield, Mouly Surya, produced by Cinesurya (Indonesia).