Magazine article Screen International

IFFR Teams with VPRO for Big Screen Award

Magazine article Screen International

IFFR Teams with VPRO for Big Screen Award

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International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) and Dutch public broadcaster VPRO are to join forces to offer the VPRO Big Screen Award at the 45th edition of the festival (Jan 27-Feb 7).

This competition, comprising eight films that have their international premières at IFFR, will be judged by a jury of audience members.

The winning film will receive a cinema release in the Netherlands and will be acquired by NPO for broadcast by VPRO. There is also a cash prize for the filmmaker.

The Big Screen Award has been presented at IFFR since 2013 with the aim of stimulating the distribution of films in Dutch cinemas.

IFFR is looking for a Dutch distribution partner to implement the release of the winning film, and will contribute financially to the cost of publicity for the theatrical release.

Another new feature is the cooperation with Dutch public broadcast network NPO, which not only guarantees the winning film cinema screenings but also exposure to large TV audiences.

The VPRO Big Screen Award is worth a total of euro30,000 ($32,000). …

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