For the 5th consecutive year, CIFFR presents the Yellow Robin Award competition for feature films by talented, emerging filmmakers from the Caribbean basin and Latin America. Four of the nominated films for the 2017 edition are feature film debuts. An international jury determines the winner of the Yellow Robin Award 2017. Already confirmed jury members are: Bero Beyer, Festival Director of International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the Curaçaoan filmmaker Felix de Rooy (a.o. Desiree, Ava and Gabriel).
The award consists of guaranteed screening of the film in the Bright Future program of International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018 and at the next edition of Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico. In addition, there is a prize for the filmmaker of USD 10.000 composed of USD 2.500 in cash and USD 7.500 worth of talent development training programs.
ANGÉLICA • world premiere
Marisol Gómez Mouakad | Puerto Rico | 2016 | Spanish | e.s.
Angélica dreams of a major career as a fashion designer in New York, but hasn’t gotten much further than a boring sewing job. A visit to her motherland Puerto Rico, where her sick father awaits her in hospital, marks the start of a journey of personal discovery. View trailer here.
FRI 7 APR 17:30 • SAT 8 APR 21:45 • SUN 9 APR 18:45
BAD LUCKY GOAT • Caribbean premiere
Samir Oliveros | Colombia | 2017 | Creole | e.s.
Growing up under the same roof doesn’t guarantee friendship. That definitely applies to these bickering siblings in this playful coming-of-age story. Can these Colombian youngsters rely on each other if they run into trouble together? A colorful, musical road trip with a dead goat as catalyst.
THU 6 APR 18:15 • FRI 7 APR 15:30 • SUN 9 APR 21:15
EL HOMBRE QUE CUIDA (The Watchman) • world premiere
Alejandro Andújar | Dom. Republic | 2017 | Spanish | e.s.
Major tensions hide beneath the otherwise placid surface of this sunny island drama. Taciturn Juan tries to forget a lost love while his daily rhythm as the watchman at one of the villas along the coast is disrupted by the arrival of the owner’s son. View trailer here.
THU 6 APR 20:15 • SAT 8 APR 15:00 • SUN 9 APR 11:30
KEYLA • Caribbean premiere
Viviana Gómez Echeverry | Colombia | 2016 | Creole | Spanish | e.s.
Just before her 18th birthday, Keyla’s father is lost at sea. What has happened to him? Where is his body? Colombian filmmaker Viviana Gómez Echeverry studies the tension between dream and reality on an ostensibly paradisiacal Caribbean island in this promising debut. View trailer here.
FRI 7 APR 19:45 • SAT 8 APR 12:45 • SUN 9 APR 16:15
MELOCOTONES (Mr. Emmett & The Canned Peaches) • world premiere
Héctor M. Valdez | Dominican Republic | 2017 | Spanish | e.s.
Retrofuturist fable set in a world full of robots, flying cars and canned peaches. Diego desperately tries to win back his girlfriend. He becomes the first human ever to test a time machine to undo his mistakes. Héctor Valdez’ 2nd feature after film debut Al sur de la inocencia (YRA 2014).
FRI 7 APR 22:00 • SAT 8 APR 17:15 • SUN 9 APR 14:00
The full festival program will be announced Thursday 30 March. Ticket sale starts at The Cinemas on Saturday 1 April at 10:00. Tickets can be purchased at the Central Box Office and – NEW this year – at the cash registers of restaurant The Concession on the 1st floor. For box office opening times see the Festival – FAQ page.