Rotterdam Announces Lineup and Jury

Radio Dreams Still 2015
Courtesy of the International Film Festival Rotterdam

Eight films will compete for Rotterdam's Hivos Tiger Awards.

The International Film Festival Rotterdam has unveiled its 2016 competition lineup, with eight features in the running for this year Hivos Tiger Awards. Rotterdam, which bills itself as the most cutting edge of Europe's A-list festivals, is set to run Jan. 27–Feb. 7.

The slate includes Dutch drama History's Future from director Fiona Tan; Motel Mist from Thai helmer Prabda Yoon; Felipe Guerrero's Oscuro animal; Brazilian drama Where I Grow Old from Marilia Rocha; The Land of the Enlightened from Belgian director Pieter-Jan De Pue; and two U.S. features, Babak Jalai's Radio Dreams and Elisabeth Subrin's A Woman, a Part. All but Land of the Enlightened will have their world premiere in Rotterdam.

The fest also announced its competition jury, which will consist of Dutch film critic Peter van Bueren, Tunisian actress Hend Sabry (Asmaa), Thai producer Anocha Suwichakornpong (How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)), Portuguese helmer Miguel Gomes (Arabian Nights) and Hans Hurch, director of the Vienna International Film Festival.

The 2016 Rotterdam festival will be the first under newly appointed director Bero Beyer. Under his stewardship, the prize money for the Tiger Award best film winner has been upped to €40,000 ($43,000), to be shared between the film's director and producer. There will be an additional special jury award, which will include a $11,000 cash bursary, rewarding a title for “exceptional artistic achievement.” Previously, the event awarded three equal best film prizes with $16,000 each.

“We want to offer the most innovative, original and challenging works on the biggest platform possible, as well as honoring and celebrating these in the best possible way,” Beyer said in a statement.

In another change aimed at focusing press and industry attention on individual titles, Rotterdam this year will screen just one of the competition films each day.

The winners of the Hivos Tiger Awards will be announced during the official awards ceremony on Fri., Feb. 5.