ROTTERDAM — CineMart, the Intl. Film Festival Rotterdam sidebar and grand old dame of financing and co-production marts, announced the three winners Wednesday of E35,000 ($46,000) in development coin.
Biggest winner was Paraguayan director Paz Encina, who took home the Prince Klaus Film Fund prize of $20,000 for “Paraguayan Hammock.”
Arte France Cinema awards of $13,000 each went to Mohamat-Saleh Haroun’s “Dry Season” and “Five Worlds,” a compilation of five shorts from Palestinian, Indonesian, Malaysian, Iranian and Afghan helmers.
Some 85% of all CineMart projects see funding completion.
The fest’s Rotterdam Film Parliament 2005, held Sunday, eschewed its usual feisty debate for a series of epistles on “Courage and Conviction: Filmmaking in the Age of Turbulence.”
The silent homage to Dutch filmer Theo van Gogh, killed in November by a Muslim allegedly angered by his film “Submission,” which accuses Islam of promoting violence against women, was broken by an impassioned plea by Peter Sellars, enfant terrible of the theater and opera scene, for filmers to have the courage of their convictions and wean themselves from labels and prejudices.
Fest also handed out the Amnesty Intl.-Doen Award of $6,500 to Hassan Yektapanah’s “Story Undone” for what the jury, headed by actress Renee Soutendijk, said was a humorous and original tale of the plight of immigrants.
The theatrical bow of van Gogh’s last film, “06/05,” was marked by the presentation of the first Theo van Gogh Golden Cactus maverick filmmaker award to Russian Ilya Khrzhanovsky. Her “4” is in the fest’s official Tiger Awards competish.