Photo taken after signing the contract for the cooperation between Rotterdam and Curaçao. Sitting are Janneke Staarink from IFFR and Michael Elias in representation of Fundashon Bon Intenshon and standing is Rutger Wolfson from IFFR.
Gregory Elias, founder and chairman of the Board of Fundashon Bon Intenshon: “We want to utilize this initiative to further strengthen the range of artistic activities on Curaçao. We hope this festival will become an annual event, which will, over time, allow Curaçao to present itself as a meeting place for filmmakers and producers from the Caribbean and Latin America.
I would like to thank all the people who constructively and creatively helped set up this festival over such a short period of time. In particular, I would like to thank Eduardo de Veer, who responded enthusiastically from the start, and made The Cinemas available as a festival location. This cooperation has enabled us to organize a festival of this scale in partnership with the IFFR. We expect the event to attract many new, interested visitors both from the island and abroad. Addressing the IFFR, I would like to say: ‘Rotterdam, we think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship’.”
Gregory E. Elias President of Fundashon Bon Intenshon
“Since last June, when Curaçao IFFR was announced, Fundashon Bon Intenshon and IFFR have been steadily collaborating in preparing, producing and organizing its first edition that will open on March 29, 2012 in Willemstad. Curaçao IFFR is a great initiative, which will expand the range of culture available in Willemstad. The festival wishes to inspire cinemagoers and young talented filmmakers from around the region. To the IFFR, this represents a welcome addition to the international activities the festival uses to draw attention to the films it screens and actively supports.
Back in Rotterdam, our 41st festival edition takes place from January 25 to February 5. While here the filmmakers present their works to our audiences, I will be thinking ahead and looking forward to Curaçao IFFR, where filmmakers that we support, will find new audiences and, I am convinced, a similar warm reception and attention for their films.
Now that we are already so much nearer to the Curaçao IFFR Opening Night, I am even more enthusiastic about our initiative. A really special programme of new and recent films from the region but also from various other parts of the world will soon be revealed to you. It will be my pleasure to welcome you at the first Curaçao IFFR!”
Rutger Wolfson Director International Film Festival Rotterdam