44th edition 21 January - 1 February 2015

First nominees for Hivos Tiger Awards Competition 2013

<strong>Halley</strong> SebastiƔn Hofmann
<strong>Soldate Jeannette</strong> Daniel Hoesl
<strong>Penumbra</strong> Eduardo Villanueva
<strong>It Felt Like Love</strong> Eliza Hitmann

Great news! The first films are selected for the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition 2013. Among these seven nominees, four have been supported by IFFR's Hubert Bals Fund. The Hivos Tiger Awards Competition intends to give up-and-coming talent the opportunity to shine on a global stage.

The first seven films that will be competing in the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition 2013 are:

Noche (Night) by Leonardo Brzezicki (Argentina, 2013)
World premiere, Hubert Bals Fund-supported film, first feature film.

Penumbra by Eduardo Villanueva (Mexico, 2013)
World premiere, Hubert Bals Fund-supported film, second feature film. Watch two trailers of the film on Vimeo.

It Felt Like Love by Eliza Hittman (USA, 2013)
International premiere, first feature film. Check out the website of It Felt Like Love.

Larzanandeye charbi (Fat Shaker) by Mohammad Shirvani (Iran, 2012)
European premiere, Hubert Bals Fund-supported film, second feature film.

Halley by Sebastián Hofmann (Mexico, 2012)
European premiere, Hubert Bals Fund-supported film, first feature film. Watch the trailer for the film on the official website or follow the director on his Tumblr.

Soldate Jeannette (Soldier Jane) by Daniel Hoesl (Austria, 2012)
European premiere, first feature film. More about Soldate Jeannette on the official website or on Facebook.

36 by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit (Thailand, 2012)
European premiere, first feature film, Busan New Currents Award co-winner. Also see the Tumblr of the director.

Rutger Wolfson, director of International Film Festival Rotterdam, about the selected 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.'

Hivos Tiger Awards Competition
The prestigious Hivos Tiger Awards Competition is IFFR's centrepiece. Hivos Tiger Award winners not only receive a trophy and €15.000, but they also gain international recognition. The complete line up of the sixteen first or second feature-length films competing for the three equal Hivos Tiger Awards of each €15.000 will be presented in January.

International Film Festival Rotterdam offers a high quality line-up of carefully selected fiction and documentary feature films, shorts films and media art. The festival's competitions, as well as 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 festival actively supports new and adventurous filmmaking talent through its co-production market CineMart, its Hubert Bals Fund, Rotterdam Lab and Industry Office activities.