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The 5th Edition Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam Is Ready To Roll

WILLEMSTAD (CSN) -- On Wednesday April 6, 2016 the 5th edition of the Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam kicked off with the screening of the Brazilian film, ‘Que horas ela volta?’ The opening film was sold out as soon as the box offices opened. One week earlier a group of special invites got to sense the feel of what could be expected this year with the screening of the film ‘El Apóstata’, of Federico Veiroj.

The film festival, organized and hosted by Fundashon Bon Intenshon, has been growing steadily in every aspect: in days, films, special attractions, visitors and special guests from the international film industry. One of the special guests is Anna Muylaert from Brazil, the director of the opening film Que horas ela volta? Another world known guest from the film industry is Ernesto Dickerson who will present two master classes, as one of the many special attractions to the festival. Dickerson was on the island of Curaçao for several months in 2015 and 2016 as director of the feature film Double Play, which was shot on the island: another important project of Fundashon Bon Intenshon.

Films based on a Curaçao story are now part of the program of every edition of Curaçao IFFR.  This year a documentary of Rina Penso, one of Curaçao’s finest actresses of all time, will be premiered at The Cinemas, in the city of Willemstad. The director of this biography titled ’Mi Ta Hasi Mi Kos,’ (Papiamentu for – I do my thing) is Wilma Ligthart who has made various award-winning documentaries.

The Music Calls is another section that has become an integral part of Curaçao IFFR. Newly added is the attraction ‘Pelíkula den Bario’, which are free screenings in neighborhood centers and squares prior to the days of the festival.

Additional to the close collaboration Fundashon Bon Intenshon has with the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the ‘foundation’ has signed important agreements in the course of the years with organizations of the film industry in the Caribbean region and Latin America. “We hope that through these agreements CIFFR will become an important platform for regional filmmakers and film producers,” says Gregory Elias, president of Fundashon Bon Intenshon. “A forum where creative minds can interchange creative ideas for script writing, filming, editing, directing and producing.”

The Yellow Robin Award competition is a very special attraction which was added to the program a few years back. This year again 5 films are nominated from the hundreds of films which enrolled from all over the world for the Award. The winner will receive a cash prize of US$ 10,000 and the winning film will be screened during the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017. The winner will be announced on Saturday April 9, 2016.

Other interesting attractions to the festival program are the concerts by the Dennis Aalse Youth Orchestra. Local young talents will perform film scores of well-known composers/arrangers at the Fountain Square of the Renaissance Hotel in Otrabanda. An education program is also put together and executed yearly which grants thousands of students the opportunity to see some films of the festival and get more acquainted with art films.

All by all, everything is indicating that the 2016 edition of the Curaçao IFFR has all the ingredients to become e real fest for film lovers, and an encounter for writers, directors, producers and musicians from many parts of the world. “We like to thank the audience and numerous persons and institutions which gave the support over the years so we can celebrate the 1st lustrum of Curaçao IFFR with much pride, satisfaction and joy,” the brother Gregory and Michael Elias, of Fundashon Bon Intenshon added as a footnote. We personally hope to see you too this remainder of the week at the Cinemas.