Several filmmakers won prizes on Friday evening during the 53rd edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). For example, Tanaka Toshihiko received the Tiger Award, a prize for emerging film talent worth 40,000 euros.
The jury chose Toshihiko as the winner because he chose to make his debut film ‘in a free and unlimited environment’. “The quality of his work is based on a collaborative environment in which the actors are central, attention to the power of delivery and, above all, a preference for performative sequences.”
In addition, the two filmmakers Midhun Murali and Jaydon Martin also received prizes. They received the Special Jury Award. The jury described Mural’s film, Kiss Wagon, as ‘hypnotic and bewildering’ and as ‘a film that grabs you by the throat’. “A fast-paced journey in which loneliness is central,” according to the jury members.
About the Australian filmmaker and his film Flathead, the jury members said: “This film is about the people who have contributed to society, but who do not get enough attention and care. The images are powerful and convincing. The cast is extremely impressive.”
Evening full of prizes
More prizes were awarded on Friday evening. For example, The Old Bachelor by Oktay Baraheni won the VPRO Big Screen Award 2024. The film receives a guaranteed cinema release in the Netherlands and is broadcast by the VPRO and the NPO. The jury of Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema was chosen as the best Asian feature film because of its ‘universal approach’ and ‘many amazing ideas’.
Finally, Lillah Halla received the Youth Jury Award, selected by a panel of young film enthusiasts from Rotterdam aged between 16 and 22, with her film Levane. “The film we chose has courage and is representative of the turbulent experiences and emotions of young people.”