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Rotterdam: CineMart Awards at Closing Ceremony: ‘Luxembourg,’ ‘Santa y Delfin’ and ‘Toxic Immobility’

Rotterdam: CineMart Awards at Closing Ceremony: 'Luxembourg,' 'Santa y Delfin' and 'Toxic Immobility'

It’s a thrill to see two out of three of the CineMart Awards are to filmmakers we are tracking: “Luxembourg” by Myroslav Slaboshptyskly from
Ukraine and Cuba’s Claudia Calvino and Carlos Lechuga‘s “Santa y Delfin” won the inaugural Wouter Barendrecht Award. Best unpublished
screenplay prize was awarded to the team this past December at Havana’s Festival de Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano. The Ukrainian-German production
to be produced by MIFF’s Business Square founder Anna Katchko, “Luxembourg”, was awarded the €7,000 ARTE International Prize after winning the
Sundance AJ+ sponsored Global Filmmaking Award of US $10,000.

The project has a budget of €1.5 million and is half financed by the Ukrainean
State Film Agency. It received a grant from Hubert Bals Fund earlier and will be at Berlin’s EFM Coproduction Market next week. This
U.K.-German-French coproduction is being sold internationally by Ultra Violet who sold writer-director Myroslav Slaboshptyskly’s first film
The Tribe” to 35 territories. Myroslav and I spoke at Sundance and he gave me a link to his short “Nuclear Waste which is a pilot for this
film, shot in the Chernobyl exclusion zone and awarded the Silver Leopard of Tomorrow at the Locarno Film Festival and showed at many

CineMart 2015 awards were announced recently, marking the close of the 32nd edition of the co-production market. Dutch/French/Belgian production
Tonic Immobility” was awarded the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award of €20,000, which is given to a project presented by a European producer.

CineMart selected 24 international projects to participate in the four day event which has been one of the most successful in recent years. A panel
discussion to launch IFFR’s new VoD initiative, Tiger Release, was well attended with several filmmakers now in discussion with the IFFR team on
releasing their new films via this platform. Multiple conferences and panels covering topics ranging from “Making the most of a film festival” to “The
Director-Producer Partnership” were held in front of packed audiences who were invited to be involved in the debates and receive advice. The “Creative
Europe Day” on Tuesday, January 27th which offered advice and guidance on creating beyond the boundaries of Europe proved one of the highlights of IFFR

On making the announcement Head of Industry & CineMart, Marit van den Elshout commented “The quality of our line-up this year is something the whole team is very proud of – so many standout projects with talented teams behind them, the
award winners exemplify this. We hosted multiple extremely well attended panels and conversations, experienced great success with the launch of
Tiger Release and the enthusiasm with which our Creative Europe day was received all adds up to one of the strongest CineMart’s in a long time.

This year’s Eurimages Co-Production Development Award winner, “Tonic Immobility by Nathalie Teirlinck, (The Netherlands, France,
Belgium), is a Bart van Langendonck, Xavier Rombaut, Savage Film production. It tells the story of Alice, an escort who abandons her baby son Robin.
Unexpectedly, seven years later Alice is reunited with the boy and they must find a way to co-exist while Alice is confronted with the fact that true
emotions can’t be controlled and that intimacy can lead to vulnerability. On the Jury’s decision Dorien van de Pas commented “

The award is being given to a project from a multitalented first time feature director who will tell a very emotional, universal story. His short
films demonstrate a strong visual style in combination with a great focus on sound.

The ARTE International Prize winner “Luxembourg”, (Ukraine, Germany) by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, and produced by Anna Katchko with Tandem
Production is a film noir with touches of a western. A great project by a very talented director, stunningly set up for a strong and cinematic story.
On presenting the award Annamaria Lodato commented. “This year the ARTE International Prize is awarded to a talented, daring and radical director. He is preparing a film that explores a world unknown
to most of us: today’s Chernobyl. Far from being a ‘disaster film’, it is a story about living in the Chernobyl zone, a world with its own rules,
an almost primitive community that the director knows from the inside.

The Wouter Barendrecht Award winner “Santa y Delfin” (Cuba), by Carlos Lechuga is produced by Claudia Calvino and Producciones de la 5ta
Avenida. Cuba, homosexuality, censorship, working class and intellectuals, a young talented director and a real story – real potential for a hit

On presenting the award Managing Director of Fortissimo Films, Nelleke Driessen commented “The Wouter Barendrecht Foundation (WBF) encourages the work of talented young filmmakers, we encourage daring films, films that oppose social
conventions, with a large urgency. There were 8 films eligible for this award, but in the end only one can win and Santa y Delfin
stood out amongst all – if Wouter were here he would be thrilled with the choice.

CineMart Selected Projects

“A Shining Flaw” by Erwin Olaf

Eyeworks Film & TV Drama, Netherlands


by Nanouk Leopold

Circe Films/Waterland Film, Netherlands

“Vita & Virginia”

by Sacha Polak

Mirror Productions/Viking Film, United Kingdom/Netherlands

“Tonic Immobility
” by Nathalie Teirlinck

Savage Film/CTM Pictures, Belgium/France/Netherlands

“The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea”

by Syllas Tzoumerkas

Homemade Films/PRPL, Greece/Netherlands


by Koen Mortier

CZAR FILM/Tobina Films/Anonymes Films, Belgium/Senegal/France

“Ceux qui travaillent”

by Antoine Russbach

Box Productions, Switzerland


by Alla Kovgan

Arsam International/Chance Operations, France/USA

“La Fille de l’Estuaire”

by Gaëlle Denis

Life to Live Films, United Kingdom/France


by Isabella Eklöf

Dharmafilm/Beofilm, Denmark


by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy

Tandem Production/Garmata Film, Ukraine/Germany

“Bat, Butterfly, Moth”

by Sergio Caballero

Corte y Confección de Películas/AM Films, Spain

“The Gray Beyond”

by Alejandro Fernández Almendras

Jirafa Films/Wa Entertainment, Chile/Japan

“Only the Dead Have Seen the End of the War

by Khavn

Kamias Overground, Philippines

by Benjamin Naishtat

Pucará Cine, Argentina

“La Barracuda

by Jason Cortlund & Julia Halperin

Small Drama/Hot Metal Films/Blue Suitcase Productions, USA


by Ashim Ahluwalia

Future East Film, India

“Gabriel and the Mountain

by Fellipe Barbosa

TvZero/Gamarosa Filmes, Brazil

“Los Delincuentes”

by Rodrigo Moreno

Compañía Amateur/Rizoma, Argentina

“Santa y Delfín”

by Carlos Lechuga

Producciones de la 5ta Avenida, Cuba


by Janus Victoria

Paperheart, Philippines/Malaysia/Japan

Art:Film projects

“Cactus Flower” by Hala Elkoussy

Transit Films, Egypt

“Hurrah, Wir Leben Noch”

by Agnieszka Polska

Kijora Anna Gawlita/Museum of Modern Art Poland, Poland/Germany

“Mr Sing Sing

by Phil Collins

Shady Lane Productions, Germany/USA

Audience Awards Winners

The awards, as voted for by the public audience attending the Festival, were announced this evening at the IFFR 2015 Closing Night Ceremony, hosted by
Festival Director, Rutger Wolfson and Managing Director, Janneke Staarink. James Napier Robertson was awarded the IFFR Audience Award 2015
of €10,000 for his film The Dark Horse.” The award is Napier’s second of the Festival following the
MovieZone IFFR Award which was presented on Friday, January 30th at the IFFR Awards Ceremony. The Hubert Bals Fund Dioraphte Award, also
of €10,000, presented to the most popular film which received support from the Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) went to Oscar Ruiz Navia for Los Hongos,” an autobiographical drama centering on the youth culture of Cali, Colombia.

READ MORE – Toronto Review: Cliff Curtis is a Fallen Champion Turned Mentor in “The Dark Horse

On the announcement of the IFFR Audience Award 2015 Wolfson commented

“The audiences who come from all over the Netherlands and around the world to participate in the Festival and explore our diverse, thought provoking
programme are integral to IFFR. It would not be the special Festival it is without them so we would like to thank all who joined us in celebrating
cinema this year and of course congratulations to James who created a wonderful, personal film.”

On the announcement of the Hubert Bals Fund Dioraphte Award, Manager of the Hubert Bals Fund, Iwana Chronis commented

“I am thrilled with the reception the HBF supported films received throughout the twelve days of the Festival. Oscar Ruiz Navia is a talented filmmaker
with a long and successful career ahead of him, this recognition is fully deserved, we are so pleased to have been a part of helping getting this film
to the big screen


A highly acclaimed drama,The Dark Horse” tells the true and moving story of Genesis Potini, who fought for the future of disadvantaged
children in New Zealand until his death in 2011. In spite of his own bipolar disorder, he taught them to play chess and fight for opportunities. “The Dark Horse” is both amusing and raw, and above all intensely moving. Born in New Zealand, director James Napier Robertson made a name
for himself in the world of television before switching to cinema. He appeared as an actor in the series “The Tribe” and “Shortland Street.” He directed his
first feature film “I’m Not Harry Jenson” in 2009.

Directed by Oscar Ruiz Navia, “Los Hongos is an autobiographically inspired drama based around two skater friends who are at the heart of
the colorful, noisy street and youth culture of Cali, Colombia. With a warm heart, Ruiz tells the story of Ras and Calvin, who are looking for their own
voice, a stage and of course freedom, love and fun. Born in Colombia, Oscar Ruiz Navia’s debut film “Crab Trap” won a Fipresci Award at the Berlinale in
2010. Prior to that he was focused on the development and production of independent cinema in Colombia and founded the production company Contravia Films
having previously studied Social Communications and Journalism.

Top 5 Audience Award IFFR 2015

  1. The Dark Horse
  2. The Farewell Party
  3. Loin des Hommes
  4. La Vie de Jean-Marie
  5. Alice Cares

Top 5 HBF Dioraphte Award 2015

  1. Los Hongos”
  2. La Mujer de los Perros” (Dog Lady)
  3. NN
  4. Court
  5. The Tribe

The full list can be found on the Festival’s website:

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