Rotterdam 2016: What The Audiences Liked Best
Last weekend saw the end of this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam, and all prizes were awarded. And while critic prizes are interesting (though often unfathomable), my favorite prize is always the Audience Award. Which films were appreciated the most by the paying public? The ticket price was 11 Euro a film this year, and us Dutch have a reputation for being mean and mean-spirited, so rest assured people were grumbling about the festival's cost and wanted to get their money's worth.
So how did the festival perform this year on the movie appreciation front? Well, pretty damn fine, actually. Check this out...
Here we see the Old Luxor theater, one of the many venues used for the International Film Festival Rotterdam for its audience screenings, where films get rated by the paying public.
This is how rating works: upon entering the venue, audience members are given cards with the numbers one (bad) to five (very good) on them. When leaving the venue, all you need to do is pull a small tear in the card at the rating you want to give. These cards are collected at the exit, counted, and the average ratings appear in the festival's website.
Films were generally high rated this edition. Out of the 250 films, a whopping 135 got rated 3.5 or higher. Any film ending up with a rating of 4 (out of 5) can be safely seen as a general crowdpleaser, and there were 63 of those. There will always be people who hate a film and give it a "1", so you can imagine how many "5" voters you need to pull the average to the level of 4. For the same reason, getting an average of 4.5 or higher is pretty amazing, when you think about it. But this year, the entire top-10 is in that league!
So click on the edge of the picture to start browsing the list, and get an idea of what the Rotterdam audiences appreciated most this year.