CIFFR is excited to announce the five nominees selected to compete for the 6th Yellow Robin Award .
CIFFR is an initiative of the Curaçao based foundation Fundashon Bon Intenshon and is produced in cooperation with one of the largest film festivals of Europe: International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The Yellow Robin Award competition, started in 2013, offers emerging filmmakers from the Caribbean and Latin America a platform for talent development and a hub towards the world market.
The winning film is guaranteed screening at Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico in October of this year as well as in the Bright Future Program of International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2019. In addition to a cash prize of USD 2.500, the Award comes with USD 7.500 worth of talent development training by means of participation in programs such as BoostNL or Cinemart.
The five nominees for the 6th Yellow Robin Award are:
Khalik ALLAH | Jamaica, USA | 2018 | English | n.s.
In his artistic documentary, filmmaker/photographer Khalik Allah (1985, US) gives Jamaicans the opportunity to share their dreams and wisdom, but also to talk about the harsh everyday reality. The self-taught photographer and filmmaker portrays contemporary Jamaicans in a particularly honest fashion. From young streetwalkers and streetwise rappers to Rastafarians, mothers, agricultural laborers and devout church girls.
FRI 13 APR 18:45 | SAT 14 APR 13:30 | SUN 15 APR 17:00
EL CHATA (The Sparring Partner)
Gustavo RAMOS PERALES | Puerto Rico | 2018 | Spanish | e.s.
Director Ramos Perales (1980, Puerto Rico) took the scintillating boxing scene of Puerto Rico as the point of departure for his debut drama The Sparring Partner about second chances and perseverance. Convincing acting and action-packed fight scenes reveal that boxing seems to promise a better life for many Puerto Ricans, but even with great ambition and talent, there’s a constant pull to abandon the straight and narrow.
THU 12 APR 18:45 | FRI 13 APR 14:00 | SUN 15 APR 15:00
HIJOS DE LA SAL (Children of the Salt)
Luis and Andrés RODRÍGUEZ | Venezuela | 2018 | Spanish | e.s.
Hijos de la sal is the second feature film by brothers Luis and Andrés Rodríquez (1974, Venezuela). This luxuriant, absorbing family drama is set in the salt pans of Cumaragues, Venezuela where, after the death of their father, Evaristo, the lives of Enrique (13) and Maria (16) get a lot harder. Sound plays a major role in the film; the almost tangible presence of the wind, waves and music lend it a magic-realist edge.
FRI 13 APR 21:00 | SAT 14 APR 10:45 | SUN 15 APR 12:45
Vashti ANDERSON | 2017 | Trinidad & Tobago, USA | English | n.s.
A romantic drama about roots and tolerance by Trinidadian-American filmmaker Vashti Anderson. While visiting her aunt in Trinidad, young Englishwoman Asha meets mysterious neighbour Roger. This starts a romantic, magical search for identity and love. Intense debut film that delicately navigates taboos, superstition and spirituality.
THU 12 APR 16:15 | SAT 14 APR 15:45 | SUN 15 APR 18:45
EL SILENCIO DEL VIENTO (Silence of the Wind)
Álvaro APONTE-CENTENO | Puerto Rico, Dom. Republic, France | 2017 | Spanish | e.s.
In his debut film, Silence of the Wind, Álvaro Aponte-Centeno (1979, Puerto Rico) depicts a humane, yet no less dramatic side of the global immigration crisis. Together with his sister Carmen, Rafael is part of a human trafficking network that helps move fortune seekers to Puerto Rico. The country’s beautiful landscapes contrast markedly with the tragedies of human trafficking victims.
THU 12 APR 21:00 | FRI 13 APR 16:15 | SUN 15 APR 10:45
YELLOW ROBIN AWARD WINNER 2017 AT LANDHUIS BLOEMHOF
In the run-up to the festival, Landhuis Bloemhof will screen the Yellow Robin Award winner of 2017: El hombre que cuida from Dominican filmmaker Alejandro Andújar just one more time on Wednesday 28 March at 19:00. For tickets or reservations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full program will be announced on Thursday 5 April at the Preview screening of one of the festival films: The Party. Starting that day, program magazines will also be available at The Cinemas, Mensing’s Caminada, and The Movies. Ticket sales start at The Cinemas on Saturday 7 April at 10 AM. More titles and festival activities will be announced through all CIFFR social media and local news channels during the coming weeks.