This year, the Jury Award is given to a film that showcases a strong filmmaking vision, shifts cinematic boundaries, and/or presents subjects with groundbreaking effects.

Past winners:
2014: NIGHT FLIGHT (LEESONG Hee-il |South Korea)
2016: ZINNIA FLOWER (Tom Shu-Yu LIN | Taiwan)
2017: DIAMOND ISLAND (Davy CHOU | Cambodia, Germany, Qatar, Thailand) 2018: BAD GENIUS (Nattawut Poonpiriya | Thailand)
2019: TUMBBAD (Rahi Anil Barve & Adesh Prasad | India)

Inge de Leeuw works as a programmer for the International Film Festival Rotterdam. For IFFR she selects films from North America, Great Britain and Ireland and curates thematic programmes that focus on the relationship between cinema and other disciplines.

Pete Wu
is a journalist, writer and programme developer. His debut book with Das Mag was released in October 2019; De bananengeneratie: over het dubbelleven van Chinese Nederlanders van nu. He published prose in De Gids, DIG, and the first Sampler of publishing house Das Mag in 2018. He previously studied English literature, American Studies and Media Philosophy, and wrote for De Volkskrant, International Film Festival Rotterdam, VICE, and Quest. Currently, he is working on a documentary series for VPRO Dorst and works as editor-in-chief for Brandpunt +.

Floortje Smit is one of Holland’s leading film critics. She writes for de Volkskrant for over fifteen years, and has a special interest in diversity and feminism. Smit has attended several of the most important international film festivals. Smit studied modern history and journalism at the University of Groningen and attended several film classes. Since her graduation she has been working as a journalist. Not only does she spend a good deal of her time in the cinema: her voice can also be heard on the Dutch national radio, as a reporter, movie specialist and presenter.

Aileen Li
is an Executive Producer / Producer of Filmagic Pictures Co.. The first featured film she produced, Formula 17 (2004), was the highest – grossing Taiwanese film that year, followed by The Heirloom (2005), The Shoe Fairy (2005) and Catch (2006). In recent years, she has produced many acclaimed local films such as Young Dudes (2012), When A Wolf Falls In Love With A Sheep (2012), Black and White: Episode 1 The Dawn of Assault (2012), Ode to Time (2016), Detention (2019) and coordinated the shooting of several high-profile international productions, such as Luc Besson’s Lucy (2014), John Woo’s The Crossing (2015) and Jackie Chan produced Bleeding Steel (2017), and Netflix first Chinese Original series Nowhere Man (2019).

Julian Ross
is a researcher, curator and writer based in Amsterdam. He is a Programmer at International Film Festival Rotterdam, selection committee member at Locarno Film Festival and Assistant Professor at Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS). His curatorial projects have been presented in Tate Modern, Art Institute of Chicago, Kunsthal Rotterdam, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Eye Filmmuseum, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Anthology Film Archives, Harvard Film Archives and other places. His recent publications include book chapters in The Japanese Cinema Book (BFI, forthcoming), A Companion to Experimental Film (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming) and America: Films from Elsewhere (2019, The Shoestring Press)