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IFFR announces winners Ammodo Tiger Short Competition 2018
24 January – 4 February 2018
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Directors Bero Beyer (left) and Janneke Staarink (right) with the Ammodo Tiger Short winners Daniel Jacoby, Araki Yu and Sara Cwynar, and European Film Award nominee Heather Phillipson

47th International Film Festival Rotterdam
24 January- 4 February 2018


Rotterdam, 28 January 2018

IFFR announces winners Ammodo Tiger Short Competition 2018
 

Three filmmakers each win €5,000
 

On Sunday 28 January 2018, a three person professional jury announced the three winners of this year’s Ammodo Tiger Short Competition at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). The winning films of the equal awards each worth €5,000 are Mountain Plain Mountain by Araki Yu and Daniel Jacoby, Rose Gold by Sara Cwynar and With History in a Room Filled with People with Funny Names 4 by Korakrit Arunanondchai. The jury also nominated WHAT’S THE DAMAGE by Heather Phillipson to compete in the short film category of the European Film Awards (EFA) later this year.

The jury consisted of Chinese filmmaker Ying Liang, Dutch graphic designer Mieke Gerritzen and Kenyan filmmaker Jim Chuchu, founder of The Nest Collective. IFFR’s Tiger Short Competition was recently renamed after its new partner Ammodo, an organisation supporting art and science; read more about that here.

On Mountain Plain Mountain by Araki Yu and Daniel Jacoby, the jury commented: “In this fascinating short film, we watch people performing mysterious choreographies in an environment that hints at an animal presence. In a particular kind of equestrian sport, the directors find the microcosmos into which all the loneliness and the isolation of human beings is to be found. Humor, both self-deprecating and game-feeling, lets us feel the warm heart and energy of human beings.”

About Rose Gold by Sara Cwynar, the jury said: “This is the world millions of teenage girls see through their phones every single minute of the day. The film covers a new realm with found footage, different layers composed as a spectacular collage of color and objects. The movie provokes a non-political soft world where the iPhone becomes a cult object. The film has been chosen because of the innocent imagery that also makes us feel uncomfortable, because we know that our world isn’t sweet and soft only.”

With History in a Room Filled with People with Funny Names 4 by Korakrit Arunanondchai elicited the following jury remarks: “There are moments of breathtaking beauty in this ambitious, sprawling, yet deeply moving film. Beauty is found in surprising forms; in the fiery optimism of protesting crowds, the nostalgia of aging lovers hanging on to hazy memories, and in the longing of human-sized rats searching for their place in this world. This film reminds us that for all our tech-enabled and capital-fuelled hubris, we remain lonely as we reach for greater meaning, staying inevitably mortal.”

The jury nominated Heather Phillipson’s WHAT’S THE DAMAGE for the European Film Awards later this year. The jury said: “There is infinite room in the world for cultural works that dissect, critique and rebuke the ghastly political phenomenon that is Trump, and WHAT’S THE DAMAGE is a worthy addition to that canon. An amazing and original work with unexpected imagery composed as a new aesthetic.”
Clockwise: Mountain Plain Mountain, Rose Gold, 
Full selection Ammodo Tiger Short Competition 2018:

Absent Wound
, Maryam Tafakory, 2017, Iran/UK, international premiere
Between Relating and Use, Nazlı Dinçel, 2018, Argentina/USA, world premiere
The Craft, Monira Al Qadiri, 2017, Kuwait, Lebanon
Dangerous on the Way, Mel O'Callaghan, 2018, Australia/Indonesia, world premiere
The Drift, Maeve Brennan, 2018, Lebanon/UK, world premiere
Eight Images from the Life of Nastya Sokolova, Alina Kotova/Vladlena Sandu, 2018, Russia, world premiere
Glimpse, Artur Żmijewski, 2018, Poland/Germany, world premiere
Interregnum, Adrian Paci, 2017, Albania
Je suis un monstre/I Am a Monster, Tanguy De Donder, 2017, Belgium, international premiere
Maskirovka, Tobias Zielony, 2018, Ukraine/Germany, world premiere
Mirage My Bros, Diogo Baldaia, 2017, Portugal, international premiere
Momentum 142310, Manuel Knapp, 2018, Austria/Japan, world premiere
more than everything, Rainer Kohlberger, 2018, Germany, world premiere
Mountain Plain Mountain, Araki Yu/Daniel Jacoby, 2018, Spain/Japan/Netherlands, world premiere
Outpost, Wim Catrysse, 2018, Belgium, world premiere
The Remembered Film, Isabelle Tollenaere, 2018, Belgium, world premiere
Rose Gold, Sara Cwynar, 2017, USA, European premiere
Tree Identification for Beginners, Yto Barrada, 2018, USA, world premiere
View from Above, Hiwa K, 2018, Germany, world premiere
WHAT'S THE DAMAGE, Heather Phillipson, 2017, UK
With History in a Room Filled with People with Funny Names 4
, Korakrit Arunanondchai, 2018 USA/Thailand/South Africa/UK, world premiere
The Worldly Cave, Zhou Tao, 2017, China, European premiere
International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) – one of the largest cultural events in the Netherlands, and one of the biggest audience-oriented film festivals in the world – offers a high quality line-up of fiction and documentary feature films, short films, exhibitions, performances, masterclasses and talkshows. IFFR actively supports new and adventurous filmmaking talent through numerous industry initiatives including co-production market CineMart, through the BoostNL and Propellor initiatives, its Hubert Bals Fund and Rotterdam Lab. IFFR takes place from Wednesday 24 January to Sunday 4 February 2018. More information can be found at IFFR.com.
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