Alex de Ronde’s Deaf Child has won the VPRO Audience Award 2017. This was announced on Friday night at the Westergastheater in Amsterdam.
It is the last weekend of the festival, which opened last week, on Wednesday 15 November. This year the festival sold some 285,000 tickets (provisional total), representing a slight increase compared to 2016 (280,000). In total, 3,300 guests visited IDFA from the Netherlands and around the world.
Chairman of the IDFA Board Derk Sauer presented the award (€ 5.000) to director Alex de Ronde. In Deaf Child, De Ronde looks back over his life, prompted by old photographs, home movies and frank discussions with his two sons, now young adults, and evaluates the choices he has made. Was his fear that his deaf son would live an isolated life justified?
The winner of the VPRO IDFA Audience Award is decided by the audiences voting at the end of each screening, using ballot cards to express their opinion of the film. This year for the second time, the VPRO IDFA Audience Award was made possible by the VPRO.