NFF reward Young Talent

The Netherlands Film Festival announced the winners of the NFF Talent Awards for Debut and Student Competitions in Utrecht today.

They  have rewarded emerging film talent with the Student and Debut Awards during the NFF Talent Awards.

Directoral duo Malou Wagenmaker and Bo van der Werf won The City of Utrecht Film Award 2018 for their debut film Cheek to Cheek.

Alderman Anke Klein presented the Prize for the best directing debut from the NFF Debut Competition. The prize consists of statuette and a sum of € 5,000. The jury that chose the best directing debut, consisted of the film directors André van Duren, Hanna van Niekerk and Reber Dosky.

The Pathé Tuschinski Award and the Fentener van Vlissingen Fund Award were presented by a jury consisting of Ruby Deelen the editor of VPRO Dorst, Bibi Fadlalla a documentary maker and master storyteller, Hanneke Niens producer of ao Soof, Ventoux and Dorst and Bouwine Pool director of Bei mir bist du schön.

The NFF Student Awards for best film, the Pathé Tuschinski Award, for € 5,000 sponsored by Pathé Theatres BV, went to the director of the best graduate film of 2018. The award was presented to Tim Bary for Wognum.

This year’s new Fentener van Vlissingen Fund Award goes to a remarkable and distinctive crew member. The prize consists of an amount of € 7,500. Tobias Cornelissen of the Dutch Film Academy was awarded the prize for the installation of Sisters, Dante vs. Mohammed Ali and At Midnight Plays a Dance-Tune.

The Film Producers of Netherlands Award for best Producer went to Coen Balkestein, the animation producer of Relentless, Elayne & Mr Grin, Speedy the Turtle and Mystery Delivery.

The jury for this award consisted of film producers Trent and Ineke Kanters. With this award, young production talent is encouraged to progress in the profession as creative entrepreneurs, movers and makers. The award is worth a sum of € 5,000 to be spent on a new production.

This year there were 83 submissions for the NFF Debut Competition and 104 productions were submitted for the NFF Student Competition.

With the NFF Talent Awards, the Dutch Film Festival helps start the careers of the latest generation of artists. The winning productions of the NFF Debut and Student Competition will be on display until the 4th of October at this, the 38th edition of the Dutch Film Festival.

The jury reports of the NFF Talent Awards can be found on their website here.

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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