Chloë Roddick, FICM programmer, will be on the Jury at the Curacao International Film Festival RotterdamBy: Gabriela Martínez @GabbMartivel
Chloë Roddick, FICM programmer, will serve on the Jury at the Curacao International Film Festival Rotterdam (CIFFR) 2018, between Wednesday Abril 11th and Sunday April 15th 2018.
In an interview for FICM, Roddick spoke of the origins of CIFFR, the relationship between the two Festivals, and talked us through the jury deliberation process.
What is the Curacao International Film Festival Rotterdam? Is it an extension of the Rotterdam International Film Festival?
The Curacao Festival is a sort of sister Festival to the IFFR, and its mission is to strengthen culture in Curacao, to inspire local filmmakers and to support cinema from the Carribean region, which includes the Carribean islands, as well as Mexico, Venezula, Colombia, and some parts of the United States.
The Festival was founded in 2012 as a collaboration between the Fundashon Bon Intenshon and the Rotterdam Film Festival.
This year, the Yellow Robin Competition (for which I´m on the Jury) includes five films, from Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobego.
The Festival´s support of cinema from the Caribbean region is really important because this is a very diverse region: many different islands and countries with different languages and cultures, some of which have a well-developed infrastructure for making films, but others that don´t. So it´s really vital that festivals like the CIFFR exist to support this kind of cinema, and give it a chance to be seen.
What is the relationship between CIFFR and FICM?
Since 2013 CIFFR has had a competition, called the Yellow Robin Competition, for films from the Caribbean region. The winner of this competition is screened each year in Morelia.
Since 2016 CIFFR has also had a competition for short films from the region, called the Caribbean Shorts Competition. Award-winning short films from the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de la Havana (Cuba), the Festival de Cine Global Dominicano (Dominican Republic), the Festvial Regional et International du Cinéma de Guadaloupe (Guadalupe), Rencontres Cinéma Martinique (Martinique), the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and Morelia participate in the competition each year. CIFFR also accepts submissions from the islands of Aruba, Curacao, St Martins, the Caribbean Netherlands and Suriname. The winning film from this competition is also screened at FICM each year.
Last year we screened the award-winning short, which was from Aruba (Yesterday´s Rain, 2017, dir. Armand Simon) as well as the winner of the Yellow Robin prize, which was a film from the Dominican Republic (El hombre que cuida, 2017, dir. Alejandro Andújar) and also a feature film called Double Play, which was filmed in Curacao and had its premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival (Double Play, 2017, dir. Ernest Dickerson).
In addition to this, the best Mexican Feature Film or Best Documentary from FICM is screened each year at CIFFR, as part of their International Program. This year they will screen Marcelo Tobar´s Oso polar (2017). Finally, the Best Mexican Short Film from last year, Vuelve a mi (2017), directed by Daniel Nájera Betancourt, will compete in the Caribbean Shorts Competition.
How did the invitation to be on the CIFFR jury come about?
Since the beginning of the festival, FICM has had a very good relationship with the Curacao Festival. Each year a representative from Morelia travels to Curacao for the Festival, and vice versa – we always invite someone from the Festival to attend FICM, as well as the director of the Yellow Robin award-winning film.
Each year the collaboration between our Festivals gets stronger – we share many films, and we are always looking for the best way to work together. Based on this long collaboration and the good relationship between the festivals, I was invited to be on the Jury this year. This is the first year that someone from FICM is on the Jury at CIFFR
Tell us about what it´s like to be on a jury.
You work together with your jury companions, watching all of the films in competition, ideally on the big screen, with the best projection quality possible. After having seen everything you go through a period of deliberation with the rest of the jury and try to decide on a winning film.
The decision about a best film is always subjective and always to some extent depends on the Festival in question. In Curacao we´re looking at cinema from the Caribbean and, while of course you´re always looking for great quality film, you also have to look at where these films came from; if they are from a country with limited resources or infrastructure. So this has to be taken into account too.