This year, the Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) named the winners of its professional programs Pro Days and Cinemart, which took place online this year.
At an event broadcast live from Rotterdam, various prizes were awarded, including the Eurimages Co-Production Development Prize of € 20,000, which Cora by Evi Kalogiropoulou, produced by Neda Film (Greece). The jury described the film as “a supernatural drama featuring two unexpected female characters fighting for freedom and identity in a unique and colorful industrial setting”.
The international ArteKino prize, worth € 6,000 to be devoted to the development of a project, went to A devoted woman by Haolu Wang, produced by Factory Gate Films (China). The Filmmore Post-Production Prize, worth € 7,500 to be spent on visual effects and post-production, went to Kabul Jan. by Shahrbanoo Sadat, produced by Adomeit Film UG (Germany), Adomeit Film ApS (Denmark), Wolf Pictures (Afghanistan).
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The Wouter Barendrecht Prize, worth € 5,000 and eligible for projects in which the director is under 35, was awarded to From Maalstroom by Teddy Cherim, produced by Graniet Film (Netherlands). Finally, the IFFR Young Film Critics Award, worth € 2,500, went to Vietnam and Nam by Truong Minh Quý, produced by Epicmedia Productions Inc (Vietnam / Philippines).
IFFR Pro Manager Marit van den Elshout: “We really enjoyed our very first online edition of the IFFR Pro Days. We saw two weeks of interaction and connection with producers from the Rotterdam Lab, project teams in CineMart, filmmakers with films on the festival schedule and film professionals in attendance. The resilience of the film industry and the dedication to connecting and sharing has been inspiring after months of planning this edition online. We felt the energy transcended the screen and believe we have been able to foster new collaborations that will move our industry forward. We look forward to building on the success of this experience, our expanded skills and a renewed spark with us in future editions.