Magazine article Screen International

Rotterdam Film Festival Reveals First Wave

Magazine article Screen International

Rotterdam Film Festival Reveals First Wave

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The 46th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has unveiled a first wave of titles ahead its 2017 edition, which runs January 25 - February 5.

The festival's full programme will be divided into four sections.

Bright Future will present rising film-making talent from across the world. Films to play the strand will include the European premiere of Ricardo Alves Jr's Elon Doesn't Believe In Death, the Brazilian feature that premiered at the Brazilia Festival in September, Hope Dickson Leach's The Levelling, which premiered in Toronto's Discovery strand and played at the BFI London Film Festival, and Dane Komljen's All The Cities Of The North, which premiered at this year's Locarno Film Festival.

The strand offers a Bright Future Award worth euro10,000 ($10,700), which is open to film-makers whose films are having their international premieres in the programme. Separately, as part of the Bright Future programme, eight directors will compete in the annual Hivos Tiger competition, with a cash prize of euro40,000 ($43,000) for the winner. The eight-strong selection will also be up for a euro10,000 (euro10,700) special jury prize.

Voices, in which the IFFR programming team select films that offer distinctive views of the world from experienced film-makers, will feature the likes of Pablo Larrain's Venice Film Festival hit and awards season contender Jackie, Tatsuya Mori's documentary about 'Japan's Beethoven' Fake, and Jim Jarmusch duo Paterson and Gimme Danger.

Eight of the films that have their international premieres in the Voices programme will compete for the VPRO Big Screen Awards, which comes with a cash prize of euro30,000 ($32,000) as well as Dutch distribution support and a broadcast deal for Dutch TV. …

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