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PRESS RELEASE 31 January 2013 #1

Awards for Best CineMart Projects 2013 handed out

The 30th CineMart, co-production market of International Film Festival Rotterdam concluded yesterday, Wednesday 30 January in Rotterdam, with the announcement of the three awards for best CineMart Projects 2013.
Jätten (The Giant) by Johannes Nyholm (Denmark/Sweden) wins the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award; the ARTE International Prize goes to The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos (Ireland/UK/Greece) and the WorldView New Genres Fund Development Award goes to Zama by Lucrecia Martel (Argentina/Spain).

The Jury for the CineMart Awards consisted of Olivier Père (ARTE France Cinéma), Petri Kemppinen (Finnish Film Foundation / Eurimages representative), Annamaria Lodato (ARTE France), Himesh Kar (WorldView) and Amy Richardson (Worldview).

The winners and the Jury statements are:

Eurimages Co-Production Development Award
The Eurimages Co-Production Development Award (30,000 Euro) for the Best CineMart 2013 Project with a European partner is given to Jätten (The Giant) by Johannes Nyholm, a co-production of BeoFilm Productions (Denmark) and Garagefilm International (Sweden).
‘A project of a talented filmmaker who is about to make a leap from widely appreciated short films to his first fiction that will a tender melodrama.’
Johannes Nyholm (1974, Sweden) is an artist and film director based in Gothenburg. The animated film series The Tale of Little Puppetboy (2006) was originally shown at, and made for, gallery screenings. But it has also been shown widely at festivals around the world. The music video Twice, for Little Dragon, was the origin for the short film Dreams from the Woods (2009), which premiered in Cannes. Even before being completed, his latest short, Las Palmas (2011), gained a global reputation through a trailer more successful than any Hollywood blockbuster. The Giant will be Nyholm’s first feature film.

ARTE International Prize
The ARTE International Prize (7,000 Euro) for the Best CineMart 2013 Project is given to The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos, a production of Element Pictures (Ireland/United Kingdom/Greece).
‘A very exciting and original project from one of the most talented emerging filmmakers of the last decade.’
Yorgos Lanthimos (1973, Greece) filmed a series of videos for dance theatre companies throughout the 1990's. Since 1995, he has directed a number of TV commercials, in addition to music videos, short films and stage plays. His first feature film, Kinetta (2005), screened to critical acclaim at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival. His second feature, Dogtooth (2009), won the Un Certain Regard award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Alps (2011), his latest film, premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Osella Award for best screenplay.

WorldView New Genres Fund Development Award
The WorldView New Genres Fund Development Award (5,000 Euro) for the Best CineMart 2013 Project is given to Zama by Lucrecia Martel, a co-production of Lita Stantic Producciones (Argentina) and El Deseo (Spain).
‘A visually stunning and uniquely approached period project by one of South America’s most influential director.’
Lucrecia Martel (1966, Argentina) made several short films, a children's television programme and documentaries. Her first full-length film, La ciénaga (2001), won the Alfred Bauer Prize at the 2001 Berlinale; La niña santa (2004), her second feature, was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Martel’s latest feature is La mujer sin cabeza (2008), which premiered in Competition at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. All Martel’s features have been selected for the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

CineMart was the first platform of its kind to offer filmmakers the opportunity to launch their ideas to the international film industry and to find the right connections to get their projects additionally financed. CineMart also heralds an important start of the 'film year'.
Every year, the CineMart invites a select number of directors/producers to present their film projects to co-producers, funds, sales agents, distributors, TV stations and other potential financiers.
For its 30th edition, CineMart selected thirty-four projects. The selection included four ‘Art:Film’ projects and four projects from this year’s Boost! program.

CineMart is supported by:
MEDIA Programme of the European Union
Rotterdam Development Corporation (DSO)
Netherlands Film Fund
MEDIA Mundus
ARTE France Cinéma

PRESS RELEASE 31 January 2013 #2

Les chevaux de Dieu favorite of young people’s jury MovieZone at IFFR 2013

The film Les chevaux de Dieu by Nabil Ayouch (Morocco/France/Belgium, 2012) has won the MovieZone IFFR Award 2013, which was announced by the young people’s jury of the International Film Festival Rotterdam this afternoon during the MovieZone Award Ceremony.
The MovieZone jury consisted of five members aged 17 to 19 years: Freek Vrijhof, Sa-Ra Zwarteveen, Wesley Kalksma, Anne Rietmeijer and Melvin Kalksma. They have seen twenty films, met directors and press and enjoyed film parties. The MovieZone jury gives young people the opportunity to fully experience a film festival and to present their opinions on film. They selected the winner out of twenty festival films that were up for consideration. The jury also nominated the films Io e te (Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy, 2012) and Callgirl (Mikael Marcimain, Sweden/Ireland/Norway/Finland, 2012).
In their statement about Les chevaux de Dieu the jury said:
“The film shows a situation we know from the newspapers in a special and authentic way, from the perspective of the young Morrocon boys who live in the slumbs. We all felt that this story should be told and found almost every aspect of this film good!”
The winner of the MovieZone IFFR Award 2013 has a chance to be programmed in one of the film educational programs of EYE, like MovieZone.
Les chevaux de Dieu will be released in The Netherlands by Cinéart, starting May 2nd 2013.
MovieZone IFFR jury is an initiative of EYE in cooperation with the International Film Festival Rotterdam and is sponsored by SNS REAAL Fonds.

About MovieZone jury
MovieZone jury (previously MovieSquad) is organised by EYE in cooperation with the bigger filmfestivals in the Netherlands. MovieZone gives young people a chance to experience a filmfestival to the fullest and express their own opinion about films. The members of the jury watch a selection of films and the best film receives the MovieZone Award. The film also has a chance to be programmed in one of the film educational programs of EYE, like MovieZone. In this way young people contribute to nationwide film programs. The winning film receives 1.500 euro which is to be used to promote the film among young people.

PRESS RELEASE 28 January 2013

Short films awarded at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013

Monday 28 January, Beatrice Gibson’s The Tiger’s Mind (UK), Zachary Formwalt’s Unsupported Transit (Netherlands) and Erik van Lieshout’s Janus (Netherlands) were awarded the three equal Canon Tiger Awards for Short Films 2013.
The International Film Festival Rotterdam short film nominee for the European Film Awards 2013 is Though I Know the River Is Dry by Omar Robert Hamilton (Egypt).
Canon Netherlands, sponsor of the Canon Tiger Awards for Short Films, offers a Canon camera EOS-M to each of the four winners.

Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films
The ninth Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films comprises twenty-three films with a length of up to sixty minutes. For its Jury the IFFR welcomed filmmaker, photographer and producer Phil Collins (UK/Germany), visual artist Joost Rekveld (Netherlands) and Transat Video CEO Brent Klinkum (New Zealand/France). The Jury handed out the three equal Canon Tiger Awards for Short Film (3,000 Euros) to the winning filmmakers at IFFR venue WORM in Rotterdam on Monday evening 28 January 2013.

The three winners and the jury statements are:

The Tiger’s Mind by Beatrice Gibson, UK, 2012
An investigation into the mechanics of film production that strongly draws on a modernist heritage by using codes from a wide variety of artistic disciplines. Incorporating a testimony of the process of its own making, it intelligently weaves together a visually compelling plot, in which spaces and objects also have a distinct voice. The roles of routinely overlooked collaborators are placed at the forefront as a cast cryptically involved in a murder mystery.
Artist Beatrice Gibson makes her (research-based) work site-specific and participatory by using different mediums. A Necessary Music (2008), made with composer Alex Waterman, won the Canon Tiger Award for Best Short Film at the IFFR in 2009. Gibson is currently a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths' Centre for Research Architecture.

Unsupported Transit by Zachary Formwalt, Netherlands, 2011
An esthetically and intellectually bold statement. Long, time-lapsed shots invite the viewer to meditate on the historical roots of the film's thematic material and its mode of depiction, offering a near-physical experience of the weight of a monumental symbol. It's the essayistic, poetic marshalling of the histories of cinema and photography, in relation to Marx and Engels' analysis of the stock exchange that offers the foundation for a convincing work by a promising young artist.
Zachary Formwalt is an artist and filmmaker based in Amsterdam. Among other places, his work has been shown at Kunsthalle Basel and Casco - Office for Art, Design and Theory in Utrecht. The world economy is a recurrent theme in his photographs and videos. In 2012, Formwalt won the Illy Prize in Rotterdam.

Janus by Erik van Lieshout, Netherlands, 2012
In Janus we enter the psychosis of a commitment to the camera. The camera as a tool of
provoking, agitating and effortlessly connecting with a cast of characters who reflect on art as an inclusive form of communication and social interaction. The author is by turns fearless, at other moments courageous in his honesty and naivety, and totally present in an informal, colloquial register. This work is a wake-up call to the fact that the world just outside our front door is one ready for discovery and engagement in ways that are transformative.
Erik van Lieshout makes installations, sculptures and films. Van Lieshout has won several important art awards. He finds inspiration in subcultures and the problems of urban life, and often performs as an actor in his own films. He lives and works in Rotterdam.

IFFR 2013 Short Film Nominee for the European Awards 2013

Chosen by the Jury of the Tiger Awards Competition for Short Film 2013, the International Film Festival Rotterdam short film nominee for the European Film Awards 2013 is:

Though I Know the River Is Dry by Omar Robert Hamilton, Egypt/Palestine/UK, 2013
The film is remarkable in the way it connects contemporary political issues with emotional dillema's. Its cinematographic language builds on the qualities of the photographic composition, the direction of the actors and the subtle and intelligent use of archival material. The result embodies a poetic and restrained approach to questions which unfortunately are becoming more and more commonplace. In a particularly undogmatic manner, it offers multiple readings, while simultaneously sharply addressing historical, political and economical realities.
Independent filmmaker, producer and photographer Omar Robert Hamilton is based in Cairo. He is the founder of the Palestine Festival of Literature in Jerusalem and co-founder of the Mosireen Film collective, which arose from the Egyptian revolution. Though I Know the River Is Dry is the first independent, crowd-sourced film in the post-revolutionary Arab world. Hamilton's photographs have been published by The Guardian, BBC News and The Economist.

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42nd International Film Festival Rotterdam: 23 January - 3 February 2013
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