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Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam 2014
With this year’s film program with more than 50 features, documentaries, and short films from over 30 countries, we would like to take you on a journey beyond boundaries where you will discover a theme that is close to our hearts: music.
From Mali, the cradle of pop music, the tango of Argentina – or Finland? - to rival street gangs in New York City or the rest and quiet of a home for Alzheimer patients in Belgium. Music is the one universal language that speaks from and to the heart; it lifts one up, it unites and builds bridges across cultures and continents.
Curaçao IFFR is all about building bridges between cultures and countries. The wide selection of films offers a world of other cultures and ideas that may help improve understanding of one another. The festival is organized in close cooperation with International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Netherlands supporting us with their experience while the Fundashon is supporting them as one of the main sponsors of the Dutch festival.
The Yellow Robin Award Competition, launched last year, intends to help support the careers of emerging film talent from the Caribbean and Latin America by offering a stepping stone across the ocean to reach the European market.
The Yellow Robin Award winner of 2013, Mexican director Natalia Beristáin, was thus given the opportunity to screen her film No quiero dormir sola before a European audience at IFFR the Netherlands last January. This year we present a selection of five exciting new Yellow Robin Award nominees.
What makes a film festival like this one so special is that in addition to the many non-mainstream international films, it offers the audience the opportunity to meet and discuss with the filmmakers themselves about their work.
We are very pleased to welcome: directors Anup Singh (Opening Film 2014: Qissa), Sebastián Lelio (Gloria), Mariana Rondon (Pelo malo), Cindy Kerseborn (Frank Martinus Arion: Yu di Kòrsou), Bruce Paddington (Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution), and the Yellow Robin Award nominees.
We would like to thank the many people who have helped put together this year’s festival and hope you will enjoy all the festival has to offer in cinematography as well as in music and beyond.
Gregory Elias & Michael Elias
Fundashon Bon Intenshon