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IFFR 2021 Awards

International Film Festival Rotterdam announces its award winners

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- This year's expanded edition saw the triumph of Vinothraj PS's Pebbles, winner of the prestigious Tiger Award; European victors included I Comete – A Corsican Summer and Looking for Venera

International Film Festival Rotterdam announces its award winners
Director Pascal Tagnati (top right) accepting his Special Jury Award for I Comete – A Corsican Summer

Yesterday, International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR, 1-7 February) announced its award winners for its 50th edition. In detail, this year saw the triumph of Vinothraj PS's Pebbles, the recipient of the prestigious Tiger Award. The jury, composed of Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, Orwa Nyrabia, Hala Elkoussy, Helena van der Meulen and Ilse Hughan, provided the following supporting statement: “In the midst of many admirable and ambitious works, the jury was blown away by a seemingly simple and humble film we fell in love with instantly. Creating maximum impact with a minimum of means, the filmmaker reaches his goal with the same conviction and determination as his main characters. The result is a lesson in pure cinema, captivating us with its beauty and humour, in spite of its grim subject.”

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Meanwhile, Pascal Tagnati's I Comete – A Corsican Summer [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Pascal Tagnati
film profile
]
and Norika Sefa's Looking for Venera [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Norika Sefa
film profile
]
both won Special Jury Awards. Next, the VPRO Big Screen Award went to Ana Katz's El perro que no calla, and Jasmila Žbanić's acclaimed war drama Quo Vadis, Aida? [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jasmila Žbanić
film profile
]
received the BankGiro Loterij Audience Award. Furthermore, the Ammodo Tiger Short Awards were given to Sunsets, everyday by Basir Mahmood, Terranova by Alejandro Pérez Serrano and Alejandro Alonso Estrella, and Maat Means Land by Native American artist and filmmaker Fox Maxy. In addition, the festival nominated Eva Giolo's Flowers blooming in our throats for the short-film category of the European Film Awards. Finally, the FIPRESCI Prize was bestowed upon Taiki Sakpisit's The Edge of Daybreak, whilst Ane Hjort Guttu won the KNF Prize for her short film Manifesto, and Philippe Lacôte scooped the Youth Jury Award for Night of the Kings [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Philippe Lacôte
film profile
]
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Talking about the unusual nature of this year's expanded edition, IFFR director Vanja Kaludjercic commented: “In these most challenging of times, we are incredibly proud to have brought an outstanding selection of titles to our reimagined festival format. The expanded Tiger Competition included 16 films that reflect the plurality of voices and visions of talent that will continue to deliver great cinema for years to come. What we learned from this experience is that as resilient as the industry is, so are our audiences, who fully embraced and celebrated the first chapter of this year’s festival [with the second to come from 2-6 June 2021].”

Here is a full list of this year's award winners:

Tiger Competition

Tiger Award
Pebbles - Vinothraj PS (India)

Special Jury Award
I Comete – A Corsican Summer [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Pascal Tagnati
film profile
]
- Pascal Tagnati (France)
Looking for Venera [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Norika Sefa
film profile
]
- Norika Sefa (Kosovo)

VPRO Big Screen Award
El perro que no calla - Ana Katz (Argentina)

Ammodo Tiger Short Award
Sunsets, everyday - Basir Mahmood (Italy)
Terranova - Alejandro Pérez Serrano and Alejandro Alonso Estrella (Cuba)
Maat Means Land - Fox Maxy (USA)

European Film Awards – Short Film Category Nominee
Flowers blooming in our throats - Eva Giolo (Italy)

BankGiro Loterij Audience Award
Quo Vadis, Aida? [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jasmila Žbanić
film profile
]
- Jasmila Žbanić (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Austria/Romania/France/Netherlands/Germany/Poland/Norway/Turkey)

FIPRESCI Award
The Edge of Daybreak - Taiki Sakpisit (Thailand/Switzerland)

KNF (Circle of Dutch Film Journalists) Award
Manifesto - Ane Hjort Guttu (Norway)

IFFR Youth Jury Award
Night of the Kings [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Philippe Lacôte
film profile
]
- Philippe Lacôte (France/Ivory Coast/Canada/Senegal)

Robby Müller Award for Cinematography
Kelly Reichardt

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