‘Rei’ and ‘The Old Bachelor’ win highest IFFR 2024 prizes


February 3, 2024 by one of our editors

All winners Photo A Reitsma / IFFR

The awards were presented during the IFFR Awards Ceremony on Friday, February 2, together with the FIPRESCI, NETPAC and Youth Jury awards.

Overjoyed Japanese Tiger Award winners on stage Photo RG

IFFR’s trademark Tiger Competition celebrates the innovative and adventurous spirit of emerging filmmakers. From the 14 titles presented in the 2024 edition, the jury awarded three prizes: the Tiger Award, worth €40,000, and two Special Jury Awards, each worth €10,000.

Rei (Japan) by Tanaka Toshihiko wins the 2024 Tiger Award.

The jury: “The jury decided to award the Tiger Award to a novice film director who chose to develop his debut film in a loose and borderless environment. Its strength lies in a collaborative, actor-centered environment, an attention to the power of recitation – and, perhaps most importantly, a predilection for performative sequences that operate as separate units within the overall structure but generally resist functioning as the strength of the different chosen locations slowly emerges. The ending of the film suggests that people are constantly threatened by the outside world. But maybe they still live together.’

Rei Still IFFR

Kiss Wagon (India) by Midhun Murali wins a Special Jury Award.

The jury ruled: “Hypnotic – mind-boggling – heartbreaking. A ride on an express train where our loneliness is resuscitated from mouth to mouth. The first special jury prize goes to a bizarrely beautiful and beautifully strange film.”

Kiss Wagon Stilll IFFR

The jury ruled: “This film is aimed at the people who have contributed to society, keep society running, but have not received enough attention and care. The images are powerful and convincing. The cast, especially the old man, is extremely impressive. The performance is quiet but moving. The second jury prize goes to a film that is a naturalistic and realistic film at its best.”

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The Tiger Competition jury consisted of Marco Müller, Ena Sendijarević, Nadia Turincev, Billy Woodberry and Herman Yau.

Big Screen Competition

The Big Screen Competition presented a selection of twelve titles at IFFR 2024, bridging the gap between popular, classic and arthouse cinema. A jury of film enthusiasts has determined the winner of the VPRO Big Screen Award. The winning film will receive a guaranteed cinema release in the Netherlands and will be broadcast on Dutch television by VPRO and NPO. The prize comes with a prize of €30,000, which will be divided equally between the filmmaker and the distributor who will release the film.

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The Old Bachelor (Iran) by Oktay Baraheni wins the VPRO Big Screen Award 2024.

The jury said: “Gripping from start to finish, this film left a strong impression on the jury long after the end. Exploring powerful themes of patriarchy, misogyny, love, violence and tragedy, this film is a masterclass in storytelling, through its gripping, nuanced dialogue, exquisite attention to detail and the development of tension, which simmers throughout the film until reaches the boiling point. the final, explosive act. It’s a visceral cinematic experience that takes you along with the characters as their world surrounds them. We are confident that viewers will appreciate the powerful performances of the central cast, who so captivatingly portray a family at breaking point.”

The jury consisted of Samina Khan, Sylvie de Leeuwe, Lisa van der Loos, Marcos Silva and Ella de Bruijn.


A jury of international film journalists from the Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique awarded the FIPRESCI Award to their striking Tiger Competition title.

The FIPRESCI Award 2024 goes to Kiss Wagon (India) by Midhun Murali.

The jury stated: “We decided unanimously to reward a film that amazed us with its epic superhero stories and its daring defiance of cinematic conventions. With its intricate collage of styles, genres and themes, and elaborate, artisanal, deeply personal craft, it reminded us that cinema is a limitless space for play and invention, constantly renewing itself. We want to celebrate its sheer boldness and freshness in approaching the serious issue of the lack of freedoms and of sexual and gender repression in a way that combines humor, spectacle and intrigue.”

Kiss wagon Still IFFR

The jury consisted of Ela Bittencourt, Dārta Ceriņa, Panagiotis Kotzathanasis, Antonios Lagarias and Ronald Rovers.


The NETPAC Award is given to the best Asian feature film by a jury of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema.

Schirkoa: In Lies We Trust (India, France, Germany) by Ishan Shukla wins the NETPAC Award 2024.

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The jury stated: “The NETPAC Award at the IFFR 2024 goes to a film that courageously but not aggressively tackles the problems in current politics and society, not only in Asia but worldwide. It is a film with a universal approach, made in a spectacular style with a clear vision, with many surprising ideas and a great sense of humor.”

The jury consisted of Elena Larionova Haug, Donsaron Kovitvanitcha and Andreas Ungerböck.

Youth jury prize

The Youth Jury Award, selected by a panel of young local film enthusiasts between the ages of 16 and 22, goes to Levante (Brazil, France, Uruguay) by Lillah Halla.

Levante (Brazil, France, Uruguay) by Lillah Halla.

The jury stated: “The film we selected is daring, fearless and representative of the turbulent experiences and emotions that young people experience. It’s a film that strikes a balance between being challenging and resonating with young audiences, a film with a promising longevity, a film that will stay with viewers long after they leave the theater. Moreover, the film we have chosen spreads a powerful message that has touched our hearts and that we as young people would like to support.”

The article is in Dutch

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