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International Film Festival Rotterdam

Combining within its organisation the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Hubert Bals Fund and co-production market CineMart, IFFR offers a launching pad and supportive platform for innovative and talented independent filmmakers.

48th International Film Festival Rotterdam 


48th IFFR reveals the full line-up for its features in Bright Future

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International Film Festival Rotterdam
23 january- 3 february 2019

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) reveals the complete selection of feature films in its Bright Future section, the festival’s home for upcoming filmmakers with their own style and vision. Of these 47 films from all over the world, 19 are world premieres, 10 are international premieres and 1 is a European premiere. All feature film debuts that have their world or international premiere in Bright Future are selected for the Bright Future Competition and vie for a €10,000 award.

Brought together by IFFR’s team of feature film programmers, the Bright Future selection highlights new talents and new approaches to cinema. Bright Future comprises a wide variety of fictions and creative documentaries, and everything in between. It reflects fresh ideas and important subjects from many different cultures, or in most cases, from several cultures at the same time.

Bright Future Competition selections include Turkish video artist Köken Ergun’s Heroes, focussing on the hordes of tourists commemorating fallen soldiers of the Battle of Gallipoli in World War I, and Historia de mi nombre, in which Chilean filmmaker Karin Cuyul goes looking for the origin of her name and finds the painful history of her country and her family. Other titles in competition are Azerbaijani filmmaker Elmar Imanov’s family drama Ende der Saison, Ramon Porto Mota’s A noite amarela, a ‘spiritual slasher’ from Brazil , and No Data Plan, a poetic film essay by Miko Revereza, who has lived in the United States without papers for over 20 years, about his train journey from LA to New York.

World premieres out of competition include independent filmmaker Brian Follmer’s Out of Sight, Out of Mind, a satirical yet genuine slice of life about American millennials by American millennials, and Winter After Winter by Chinese filmmaker Xing Jian, which follows the harsh life of a family during the Japanese occupation of Manchuria. Bright Future also selected Phuttiphong Aroonpheng’s mysterious Manta Ray, and Simon Jaquemet’s tense, enchanting drama Der Unschuldige. For a complete list, see below.

IFFR press conference
Reminder: on Wednesday 9 January IFFR reveals the selections for its Tiger Competition and its Big Screen Competition in a press conference which will be broadcast live from 12:10 to 12:45 hours CET. Follow us on Facebook to receive a notification once the stream goes live.



Still: Winter After Winter












Bright Future Competition:

  • Alva, Ico Costa, 2019, Portugal/France/Argentina, world premiere
  • Chèche lavi, Sam Ellison, 2019, Mexico/Haiti/USA, world premiere
  • De nuevo otra vez, Romina Paula, 2019, Argentina, world premiere
  • Doozy, Richard Squires, 2018, UK, international premiere
  • Dreissig, Simona Kostova, 2019, Germany, world premiere
  • Ende der Saison, Elmar Imanov, 2019, Germany, world premiere
  • Fabiana, Brunna Laboissière, 2018, Brazil, international premiere
  • The Gold-Laden Sheep & the Sacred Mountain, Ridham Janve, 2018, India, international premiere
  • Heroes, Köken Ergun, 2019, Turkey/Australia, world premiere
  • Historia de mi nombre, Karin Cuyul, 2019, Chile/Brazil, world premiere
  • Last Night I Saw You Smiling, Kavich Neang, 2018, Cambodia/France, world premiere
  • Lost Holiday, Michael Kerry Matthews/Thomas Matthews, 2018, USA, international premiere
  • Maggie, Yi Okseop, 2018, South Korea, international premiere
  • Mens, Isabelle Prim, 2019, France, world premiere
  • No Data Plan, Miko Revereza, 2019, USA, world premiere
  • Nocturne, Viktor van der Valk, 2019, Netherlands/Belgium, world premiere
  • A noite amarela, Ramon Porto Mota, 2019, Brazil, world premiere
  • That Cloud Never Left, Yashaswini Raghunandan, 2019, India, world premiere
  • A volta ao mundo quando tinhas 30 anos, Aya Koretzky, 2018, Portugal, international premiere
  • Walking in Darkness, Tang Tang, 2019, China, world premiere

Bright Future premieres:

  • Aren't You Happy?, Susanne Heinrich, 2019, Germany, international premiere
  • Dog Days, Timmy Harn, 2018, Philippines, international premiere
  • Domains, Natsuka Kusano, 2019, Japan, world premiere
  • Enquanto estamos aqui, Clarissa Campolina/Luiz Pretti, 2019, Brazil, world premiere
  • The Garden Apartment, Ishihara Umi, 2018, Japan, international premiere
  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Brian Follmer, 2019, USA/Mexico, world premiere
  • Parade, Nino Zhvania, 2018, Georgia, European premiere
  • The Seven Last Words, Kaveh Nabatian/Ariane Lorrain/Sophie Goyette/Juan Andrés Arango/Sophie Deraspe/Karl Lemieux/Caroline Monnet, 2019, Canada, world premiere
  • Winter After Winter, Xing Jian, 2019, China, world premiere
  • Your Bones and Your Eyes, Caetano Gotardo, 2018, Brazil, international premiere

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