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First competition selections for Rotterdam 2013

42nd International Film Festival Rotterdam
23 January – 3 February 2013

PRESS RELEASE 29 November 2012

First competition selections for Rotterdam 2013

The International Film Festival Rotterdam announces the first seven films selected in its Hivos Tiger Awards Competition 2013. Among these seven works, four have been supported by the IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund.
The complete line up of the fifteen first or second feature length films concurring for the three equal Hivos Tiger Awards of each 15,000 euro will be presented by January 8.

Rutger Wolfson, Director of the International Film Festival Rotterdam about these competition films: “The films in last year’s Hivos Tiger Awards competition, like CLIP, DE JUEVES A DOMINGO, EGG AND STONE or NEIGHBOURING SOUNDS have collected great interest and prizes at festivals and theatres throughout the world. It looks as if we will be able to present an equally strong selection in our upcoming Hivos Tiger Awards Competition. These films are powerful and convincing. I expect these will become the breakthrough works for the young filmmakers.
Also, I am very glad to see the results of the efforts of our Hubert Bals Fund. In total, we expect to present more than twenty new films at the festival that have received support from the Fund. Showing this rich harvest is our most important motive in securing the financial position of the Fund.”

The first seven films selected for the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition 2013 are:

NOCHE (NIGHT) / Leonardo Brzezicki / Argentina, 2013
World premiere, Hubert Bals Fund-supported film, first feature film

PENUMBRA / Eduardo Villanueva / Mexico, 2013
World premiere, Hubert Bals Fund-supported film, second feature film

IT FELT LIKE LOVE / Eliza Hittman / USA, 2013
International premiere, first feature film

LARZANANDEYE CHARBI (FAT SHAKER) / Mohammad Shirvani / Iran, 2012
European premiere, Hubert Bals Fund-supported film, second feature film

HALLEY / Sebastián Hofmann / Mexico, 2012
European premiere, Hubert Bals Fund-supported film, first feature film

SOLDATE JEANNETTE (SOLDIER JANE) / Daniel Hoesl / Austria, 2012
European premiere, first feature film

36 / Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit / Thailand, 2012
European premiere, first feature film, Busan New Currents Award co-winner

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) offers a high quality line-up of carefully selected fiction and documentary feature films, shorts films and media art. The festival’s Competitions, Bright Future and Spectrum sections contain recent work only, among which many world premieres. In its Signals section, IFFR presents retrospectives and themed programs. The IFFR actively supports new and adventurous filmmaking talent through its co-production market CineMart, its Hubert Bals Fund, Rotterdam Lab and Industry Office activities.

IFFR is one of the largest audience and industry driven film festivals in the world. During twelve festival days, hundreds of filmmakers and other artists present their work to a large audience (2012: 274,000 admissions) and 2,700 film professionals. The festival’s Official Selection includes some 220 feature films and 320 short films out of 60 countries. The 42nd edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam takes place from Wednesday January 23 up to and including Sunday February 3, 2013.


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Note to the Editor

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IFFR Press Office, Bert-Jan Zoet / Nancy van Oorschot
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