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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.


IFFR welcomes 57 emerging producers to Rotterdam Lab





46th International Film Festival Rotterdam
25 January - 5 February 2017

New and returning partner organisations from Kosovo, Macedonia, Chile, Kenya and USA

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) will welcome
57 promising emerging film producers from 25 countries to the
17th edition of Rotterdam Lab. Rotterdam Lab is organised by IFFR’s co-production market CineMart in close collaboration with various partner organisations involved in the training of talented producers, as well as funding bodies. 

The participants are nominated by the 30 CineMart partners. This year, Rotterdam Lab welcomes Kosovo Cinematography Center, Macedonian Film Agency, CinemaChile.
Returning: Tribeca Film Institute (USA) and One Fine Day Films (Kenya).

Rotterdam Lab is a five-day training workshop for emerging producers designed to provide the means to create and expand their international networks and boost their confidence and skills to navigate the world of international finance, sales and distribution and markets. Another important aim of Rotterdam Lab is to support its participants in running and adapting their companies within the rapidly changing media landscape.
The Rotterdam Lab programme includes round-table sessions with key experts, workshops on topics such as film marketing with Mathias Noschis (Alphapanda) and post-production, in collaboration with EP2C: Digital workflows in post-production with Niko Remus (post-production supervisor, Only Lovers Left Alive), Hans van Helden (VFX supervisor at Filmmore, Brimstone, Black Book) and Neeltje van der Heijden (post-production supervisor, Tonio). The programme will also include expert talks with Alex Boden (producer Sense8, UK producer Cloud Atlas) on producing TV series and Paul Miller (Escape Pictures) on film financing. A case study on I tempi felici verranno presto / Happy Times Will Come Soon, which was presented at CineMart 2014 and is screening in the Bright Future section at IFFR 2017, will give an up-close and personal insight into co-production and presenting your project at a market.
Rotterdam Lab has developed into a valuable tool for strengthening CineMart's international network of independent producers. By allowing producers to present their companies and projects, receive feedback on how to proceed and expand their networks in an effective way, Rotterdam Lab contributes to IFFR’s ambition of nurturing emerging talent. Other examples of IFFR’s talent development programmes are BoostNL and the IFFR Young Film Critic traineeship. BoostNL is a collaboration with Netherlands Film Festival’s coproduction market HFM, which maximises support for feature projects that have been presented at CineMart or supported by the Hubert Bals Fund, and for Dutch features currently in development. The IFFR Young Film Critic programme gives young critics the opportunity to follow a traineeship on film criticism, including masterclasses from professionals, during the festival. IFFR’s YFC traineeship was the first of its kind when it was established 19 years ago. An example since followed by festivals worldwide.

Rotterdam Lab 2017 (partner organisation, participant, company, country):




Arab Cinema Center, Dina Harb, Birthmark Films, Egypt
Arab Cinema Center, Elie Kamal, The Attic Productions, Lebanon
Ateliers du Cinema Europeen (ACE), Junyoung Jang, February Films, United Kingdom
Ateliers du Cinema Europeen (ACE), Alexander Ronnberg, Silvio Entertainment, Sweden
Catalan Films & TV, Estephania Bonnett Alonso, Estephania Bonnett Alonso, Spain
Catalan Films & TV, Sandra Reina, About a Bicycle Prod., Spain
CinemaChile, Sebastián González, Maltrato Films, Chili
Creative Skillset, Margaret McGoldrick, Causeway Pictures, Ireland
Creative Skillset, John D McKay, Compact Pictures, United Kingdom
Creative Skillset, Joanna Wright, Tiny City, United Kingdom
Danish Film Institite, Julie Friis Walenciak, Walenciak Film, Denmark
Docskool, Sashul Shrestha, Docskool, Nepal
Durban FilmMart/Durban Film Office, Razanajaona Luck, Africamadavibe Production, Madagascar
European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE), Alessandro Carolli, EiE Film, Italy
European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE), Joanna Ronikier, Running Rabbit Films, Poland
Film I Vast, Erika Malmgren, Cinenic Film, Sweden
Film- und Medienstiftung NRW GmbH, Judith Weiler, Butterfilm, Germany
Film- und Medienstiftung NRW GmbH, Yvonne Wellie, Weydemann Bros. GmbH, Germany
Finnish Film Foundation,  Isabella Karhu, Danish Bear Productions, Finland
Finnish Film Foundation, Daniel Kuitunen, Komeetta Productions, Finland
Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Jurgen Willocx, Earlybirds Films, Belgium
Fronteira Filmes, Luiza  Marques da Costa, Frontera Filmes, Brazil
Fronteira Filmes, Tiago Pinheiro, Frontera Filmes, Brazil
Guanajuato International Film Festival, Rosa Galguera, Peliculas Santa Clara, Mexico
Guanajuato International Film Festival, Joshua Gil, Parabola Cine, Mexico
Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), Ki Jin Kim, Nonetheless Productions, Inc., USA
Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), Pierce Varous, Nice Dissolve, USA
Irish Film Board, Jessie Fisk, Marcie Films, Ireland
Irish Film Board, Kate McColgan, Calico Pictures, Ireland
Israel Film Fund, Baher Agbariya, Majdal Films, Israel
Israel Film Fund, Adar Shafran, Firma films, Israel
Kosovo Cinematography Center, Casey Cooper Johnson, Crossing Bridges Films, USA
Kosovo Cinematography Center, Yll Uka, Ikone Studio, Kosovo
Macedionan Film Agency, Goce Kralevski, DNF Films, Macedonia
Macedionan Film Agency, Elena Stanisheva, VEDA FILM Productions d.o.o.e.l., Macedonia
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Maximilian Haslberger, Amerikafilm GmbH, Germany
Netherlands Film Fund, Thomas van Blommestein, NL Film & TV, Netherlands
Netherlands Film Fund, Erik Glijnis, Lemming Film, Netherlands
Netherlands Film Fund, Juul op den Kamp, Juul op den Kamp, Independent Producer, Netherlands
One Fine Day Workshop, Oshosheni Hiveluah, Digital Afros, Namibia
Proimagenes Colombia, Roberto  Flores Prieto, Kymera Producciones, Colombia
Proimagenes Colombia, Claudia Pedraza, Agata Azul Films, Colombia
Proimagenes Colombia, James Valderrama  Rengifo, O Positivo Films, Colombia
Scottish Film Talent Network, Stuart Condy, Arpeggio Pictures, United Kingdom
Scottish Film Talent Network, Irune Gurtubai, Caravan Cinema, United Kingdom
Scottish Film Talent Network, Deva Smith, Stramash Films, United Kingdom
Singapore Film Commission, Asra Aman, Papahan Films, Singapore
Singapore Film Commission, Caleb Quek, Amok Pte Ltd, Singapore
Sundance Institute, John Lang, Divide/Conquer, USA
Sundance Institute, Siri Hjorton Wagne, [sic] Film, Sweden
Swedish Film Institute, Laura Wagner, Bay Bridge Productions, USA
Telefilm Canada, Josh Huculiak, Amazing Factory Productions, Canada
Telefilm Canada, Sarah Mannering, Colonelle Films, Canada
Telefilm Canada, William Woods, Woods Entertainment, Canada
Tribeca Film Institute, Kristin Fairweather, Fair Weather Pictures, USA
Tribeca Film Institute, Tarik Karam, Tarik Karam, Independent Producer, USA
Wallonie Bruxelles Images, Boris Baum, Les Films de la Récré, Belgium

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) offers a high quality line-up of carefully selected fiction and documentary feature films, short films and media art. IFFR actively supports new and adventurous filmmaking talent through numerous industry initiatives including co-production market CineMart, through the new BoostNL, its Hubert Bals Fund and Rotterdam Lab. 




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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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