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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.


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CineMart completes line-up for 33rd edition

Projects from award-winning filmmakers from around the world, including Australia, China, Brazil, UK, Lebanon and USA.

International Film Festival Rotterdam’s (IFFR) co-production market CineMart has completed its line-up for the upcoming 2016 edition. The line-up consists of titles from filmmakers from across the world, including the Netherlands, Australia, China, Brazil, the UK, Lebanon, France and the USA. The selection also includes two Art:Film projects.

Filmmakers selected this year include award-winning Radu Jude, whose highly acclaimed film Aferim! won the Silver Bear at 2015 Berlinale and will present his new feature project Is This What You Were Born For? Director Guido van Driel from the Netherlands, whose debut feature film Resurrection of a Bastard was the opening film of IFFR in 2013, will present his new project Bloody Marie. Colombian director Ciro Guerra, whose third feature Embrace of the Serpent won the Art Cinema Award in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs section at 2015 Cannes, will attend with his next feature Birds of Passage.

Selected titles qualify for three awards:

  • Eurimages Co-Production Development Award of €20,000;
  • Arte International Prize of €7,000;
  • Wouter Barendrecht Award of €5,000.


Two of the selected titles, Over the City (Emir Baigazin) and Sick, Sick, Sick (Alice Furtado) both received Script- and Project Development support from IFFR's Hubert Bals Fund

Marit van den Elshout, Head of Industry and CineMart, on the selection for CineMart 2016: “We could not be more excited about this year’s CineMart line-up, featuring some outstanding projects – great discoveries with high potential. The selection includes no less than five debut feature films, ready for the international market and to be attached to financiers. We are looking forward to another great edition of CineMart, supporting the future of storytelling by nurturing the work of all these great filmmakers, both emerging and established.”

Full selection list for CineMart 2016:

  • The Announcement - Mahmut Fazil Coskun - Turkey/Bulgaria - Filmotto Production/The Chouchkov Brothers
  • Berlin Alexanderplatz - Burhan Qurbani - Germany - Sommerhaus Filmproduktion GmbH
  • Birds of Passage - Ciro Guerra - Colombia - Ciudad Lunar/Blond Indian Films
  • Bloody Marie - Guido van Driel - the Netherlands/Germany - Family Affair Films/Schiwago Film GmbH
  • Bootlegger - Caroline Monnet - Canada - Microclimat Films
  • Dark Room - Itamar Alcalay - Israel/Germany - Lama Films/Komplizen Film
  • The Devil Outside - Andrew Hulme - UK - Ipso Facto Productions
  • Is this What You Were Born For? - Radu Jude - Romania - Hi Film Productions
  • Jessica - Ninja Thyberg - Sweden - Plattform Produktion
  • The Last Harem - Maryam Keshavarz - France/Portugal - Neon Productions/ Ítaca Films/MaraKesh Films
  •  (Art:Film) The Notebooks - Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige - Lebanon/France - Abbout Productions
  • Over the City - Emir Baigazin - Kazakhstan/Germany - Emir Baigazin Production/Augenschein Filmproduktion
  • Pompei - John Shank, Anna Falguères - Belgium/Italy - Tarantula/Solaria Film
  • Rafaël - Ben Sombogaart - the Netherlands/Italy/Belgium/Tunisia - Rinkel Film/Verdeoro/Entre Chien et Loup/Nomadis Images/Cinetelefilms
  • Sick, Sick, Sick - Alice Furtado - Brazil - Estúdio Giz/Oceano
  • Slam - Partho Sen-Gupta - Australia - Invisible Republic
  • Sleep. - Jan-Willem van Ewijk - the Netherlands - Waterland Film/Propellor Film
  • The Strange Ones - Christopher Radcliff, Lauren Wolkstein - France/USA - Adastra Films
  • Teenage Jesus - Marie Grahtø - Denmark - Beofilm
  • Under the Sun - Qiu Yang - France/China - House on Fire/Colorful Age Culture & Media
  • Der Unschuldige - Simon Jaquemet - Switzerland - 8Horses
  • Ursa Major - Benjamin Crotty - USA/France - AgX/Les Films du Bal
  • Vikings - Daniel Hoesl - Austria - Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion GmbH
  • Wild Princess - Ester Martin Bergsmark - Sweden - Garagefilm International
  • (Art:Film) What if Women Ruled the World? - Yael Bartana - UK - Jacqui Davies Limited

CineMart runs from 31 January to 3 February 2016 as part of International Film Festival Rotterdam which runs from 27 January to 7 February. CineMart was the first platform of its kind to offer filmmakers the opportunity to launch their projects to the international film industry and to connect with appropriate industry executives to secure financing. Launching 25 new projects in need of additional financing, CineMart also heralds an important start of the film year. Every year, CineMart invites a select number of directors/producers to present their film projects to co-producers, bankers, funds, sales agents, distributors, TV stations and other potential financiers.

Concurrent with CineMart, Rotterdam Lab takes place: a five-day training workshop for young and emerging producers. It is designed to build up their international network and provide skills and confidence to navigate the festival circuit, including international film financing, sales and distribution.

International Film Festival Rotterdam offers a high quality line-up of carefully selected fiction and documentary feature films, short films and media art. The festival's programme sections Bright Future, Voices, Deep Focus and Perspectives contain new work by auteurs from all over the world including many world premieres. IFFR actively supports new and adventurous filmmaking talent through numerous industry initiatives, including co-production market CineMart, Rotterdam Lab and its Hubert Bals Fund.  

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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.

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