Curaçao IFFR Inspires Young Film Talent, Hopes to Turn Curaçao into Art House Film Destination
The Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam’s team spends a year evaluating hundreds of films to select 25-30 feature length films, short films, and documentaries from all over the world to bring Curaçao 4 fantastic film-filled days. The second edition of Curaçao IFFR will be held April 4 – April 7, 2013. The festival location will again be The Cinemas (Riffort complex) — conveniently located near Saint Anna Bay — a short walk for cruise tourists.
2012’s inaugural film festival drew 7,000+: the largest film audience in the Caribbean. Academy Award winning Director Kevin Macdonald chose Curaçao for the US and Caribbean premiere of his documentary Marley, the opening film of the festival (!)
Other features included Pedro González-Rubio’s Mexican fishing family story Alamar (a 2010 IFFR Tiger winner); Eran Kolirin’s 2007 award winner The Band’s Visit; Chinese 2012 Tiger winner Egg and Stone by Huang Ji; Cannes 2011 Directors Fortnight winner The Giants (Les Géants) by Bouli Lanners; teenage dancer story Rania from Brazil; Daniel Nettheim’s Willem Dafoe-starring The Hunter; Dutch children’s film Kikkerdril by Simone van Dusseldorp; Canadian Oscar nominee Monsieur Lazhar by Philippe Falardeau; IFFR 2012 opener 38 Witnesses (38 Témoins) by Lucas Belvaux; and Michael Fassbender’s sex addiction drama Shame. The Caribbean Classics program included new steel pan documentary Panman, The Rhythm of the Palms by Sander Burger as well as Cuban feature Suite Habana. The festival presented one world premiere, Catrien Ariens’ The Night Holds Me Back (Nochi no ke laga mi bai), a documentary about tambú.
Spearheaded by Gregory Elias of Curaçao-based cultural foundation Fundashon Bon Intenshon in partnership with the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Curaçao IFFR hopes to broaden the scope of film beyond Hollywood blockbusters… to inspire cinema aficionados and young filmmakers from Curaçao, the Caribbean and Latin America… transforming our picturesque Willemstad into “the” meeting place for the development and support of film talent.
Curaçao delivered sold-out theaters gunning for a chance to get Macdonald’s expert opinion on film. Film experts including Director Pedro González-Rubio, Writer Carlos Marcovich, Writer Jo Hendriquez, Director Marco Bechis (to name a few) participated in Round Table meetings with our aspiring filmmakers.
Curaçao IFFR 2012 also offered:
- “Short Movies, BIG Stories” competition including workshops by local film makers, where locals aged 14-25 were encouraged to make their own films. Check out Kelsey & Ben’s award-winning submission.
- Free educational screenings for local students. 2,000+ saw Tata Amaral’s Antonia (about young hip-hop girls in Brazil).
- Performances by a selection of excellent local youth orchestras — Youth Orchestra led by Dennis Aalse, Youth Orchestra CCC, Youth Orchestra Foshk.
- Museum-style exhibits – Classic Vintage Cameras from the private collection of Dr. van Veldhoven
We can’t wait to see what Curaçao IFFR 2013 has in store for us!