Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam is happy to announce the first titles, mostly feature film debuts, for the 6th edition ( 5 – 9 April).
For the 5th consecutive year, CIFFR presents the Yellow Robin Award competition for feature films by talented, emerging filmmakers from the Caribbean basin and Latin America. Four of the nominated films for the 2017 edition are feature film debuts.
An international jury determines the winner of the Yellow Robin Award 2017. Already confirmed jury members are: Bero Beyer, Festival Director of International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the Curaçao filmmaker Felix de Rooy (a.o. Desiree, Ava, and Gabriel).
The award consists of guaranteed screening of the film in the Bright Future program of International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018 and at the next edition of Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico. In addition, there is a prize for the filmmaker of USD 10.000 composed of USD 2.500 in cash and USD 7.500 worth of talent development training programs.
In the first edition of the Caribbean Shorts competition, seven short films compete for the Award: screening of the winning film at the 6 film festivals (Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago) CIFFR signed a cooperation agreement within 2016. The object of this cooperation is to exchange knowledge and experience and encourage film talent. Each of the six film festivals submitted a short film by their local talented filmmaker.
From the 10 short films entered into the local competition by filmmakers from Curaçao, Aruba, and Suriname the nominee on behalf of CIFFR was selected: the short film E yobida di ayera (Yesterday’s Rain) from the Aruban filmmaker Armand Simon.
Nominees Yellow Robin Award 2017:
ANGÉLICA by Marisol Gómez Mouakad, Puerto Rico.
Angélica dreams of a major career as a fashion designer in New York, but hasn’t gotten much further than a boring sewing job. A visit to her motherland Puerto Rico, where her sick father awaits her in hospital, marks the start of a journey of personal discovery. World premiere.
Screening: FRI 7 APR 17:30 • SAT 8 APR 21:45 • SUN 9 APR 18:45
BAD LUCKY GOAT by Samir Oliveros, Colombia.
Growing up under the same roof doesn’t guarantee friendship. That definitely applies to these bickering siblings in this playful coming-of-age story. Can these Colombian youngsters rely on each other if they run into trouble together? A colorful, musical road trip with a dead goat as catalyst. Caribbean premiere.
Screening: THU 6 APR 18:15 • FRI 7 APR 15:30 • SUN 9 APR 21:15
Source: St. Martin News Network
Local and Regional Film Talent at 6th CIFFR.