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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.



VIDEO: Get to know IFFR - Bright Future

Bright Future is our section dedicated to young and emerging film talent with their own style and vision, often presenting their films for the first time on the international film scene.           Bright Future includes the following programmes: Tiger Competition Ammodo Tiger Short Competition Bright Future Bright Future Mid-length Bright Future Short T...

Watch the IFFR Press conference livestream announcing main competitions

48th International Film Festival Rotterdam 23 January – 3 February 2019         We invite you to watch the livestream of the IFFR press conference this afternoon from 12:10pm CET to 12:45pm CET through the following link. Festival director Bero Beyer will reveal the films selected for our main IFFR 2019 competitions: the Tiger Competition and the Big Screen Competition.  One selected filmmaker per category will participate. Additionally, ...

IFFR Festival Director Bero Beyer introduces the Rotterdam festival programme sections

We’re busy preparing our 48th edition of IFFR. In January and February, we’ll be bringing you twelve days of craziness and cinema: short films, feature films, experimental works, art, masterclasses, talks, music, parties… Where to begin? Get to know our four sections, the best way to find your way around our epic programme, as explained by our festival director Bero Beyer. More: Stay up to date on IFFR 2019:

World premiere Dirty God by Sacha Polak to open 48th IFFR

  Still: Dirty God     48th International Film Festival Rotterdam 23 January - 3 February 2019         ...

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

Still: Manta Ray 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 Brig...

Marjan van der Haar appointed as managing director IFFR

Marjan van der Haar and Bero Beyer 48th International Film Festival Rotterdam 23 January - 3 February 2019         Marjan van der Haar appointed as managing director IFFR to lead alongside festival director Bero Beyer from October 2018  The board of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has appointed Marjan van der Haar to be the festival’s new managing director as of 1 October 2018. Van der Haar is an experienced film industry prof...

IFFR PRO Days 2018

        IFFR 2018 hosted the first edition of Reality Check, a two-day conference focusing on film distribution. The programme was designed to lift the fog of uncertainty around current and future distribution methods and models. Did you attent the conference, please fill out t...

IFFR closes adventurous 47th edition

Festival successfully expanded in new directions  This weekend, the screening of Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin brought a close to the 47th edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). The festival initiated several innovations: the arts programme Frameworks, online streaming platform IFFR Unleashed, the two-day distribution conference Reality Check and a refocused edition of CineMart. 531 feature, mid-length and short films screened this year, of which 140...

IFFR presents 47th edition award winners

    From left to right: festival director Bero Beyer with Tiger Award winner Cai Chengjie (filmmaker) and Jiao Feng (producer/cinematographer)   ...

IFFR launches IFFR Unleashed as stand-alone streaming platform

Festival director Bero Beyer and filmmaker David Verbeek at the IFFR Unleashed press conference   New subscription and pay-per-view models unveiled as festival pursues ambitious online expansion    On Tuesday 30 January, International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) officially launches its streaming service: IFFR Unleashed. The platform aims to support independent filmmakers and connect them with online audiences year-round. The servi...

IFFR festival director kicked off the festival

Bero Beyer Festival Director Everyday we are fed a seemingly unstoppable flow of images. Whether we like it or not, the stories they convey have an impact on how we view the world and ourselves. But it is up to us to decide whether to stay glued to the repetitive stream of easy-answer-imagery or to open our minds to alternative visions that inspire us; images and stories that ask questions and broaden our horizons: cinema!     Last year International ...

Masterclasses and talks at IFFR 2018

  Clockwise: Armando Iannucci, Charlotte Rampling, Lucrecia Martel, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Paul Schrader, Sean Baker     ...

IFFR unveils Hivos Tiger Competition 2018

Piercing by Nicolas Pesce, with Mia Wasikowska and Christopher Abbott 47st International Film Festival Rotterdam 24 January- 4 February 2018 Rotterdam, 9 January 2018   Eight films selected for the festival’s most prestigious award    International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) announces the eight titles selected for the Hivos Tiger Competition: seven world premieres and one international premiere. The prestigious Hivos Tiger Award includes a cash p...

IFFR PRO Days 2018

    With IFFR 2018 just around the corner, we welcome you to take a look at this years programme and prepare your stay.   ...

Jimmie by Jesper Ganslandt to open IFFR 2018

Jimmie by Jesper Ganslandt 47st International Film Festival Rotterdam 24 January- 4 February 2018       Closing film is Armando Iannucci's The Death of Stalin  International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) announces the opening and closing films for its 47th edition. Inaugurating the twelve-day festival on 24 January 2018 will be the world premiere of Jimmie by Swedish filmmaker Jesper Ganslandt, a road movie with a truly original twist about ...

Planet IFFR closes with exceptionally high audience ratings and over 314 000 spectators

46th  This weekend, International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) closed its 46th edition with the European première of 20th Century Women by filmmaker Mike Mills. The festival screened 484 films this year, of which 105 world premières, and attracted more than 314,000 visits. IFFR welcomed 316 filmmakers and 1,910 film professionals from all over the world. A record number of 63 feature films were rated at an average of 4 (out of 5) or higher in the audience award. The ...

The CineMart 2017 awards were announced

The CineMart 2017 awards were announced, marking the close of the 34th edition of the co-production market. Out of 26 international projects from 24 countries the jury chose 4 different projects. Russian/French co-production Jumpman was awarded the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award of €20,000, which is given to a project presented by a European producer. Italian/French co-production Martin Eden was awarded the €6,000 ARTE International Prize and the Wouter Barendrecht Awar...

Jumpman, Martin Eden, Martyr's Lane and Ningdu named as winners of CineMart 2017

    CineMart Award winners 2017. Photo by Melanie Lemahieu.   46th International Film Festival Rotterdam: 25 January – 5 February 2017 34rd CineMart: 29 January...

Interview with Prantik Basu winner with his short Sakhisona of one of the three Tiger Awards for Short Film.

At the Award Ceremony on Sunday 29 January, Prantik Basu's Sakhisona was awarded with one of the three Tiger Awards for Short Film. Can you tell us a bit about your background as an artist. I used to write and illustrate for a Bengali children’s magazine when I was in high school. While doing my graduation in English Literature at the Calcutta University, I started working at a local television channel as a script writer. In 2007, I wrote and directed a shor...

IFFR announces winners Tiger Awards for Short Films 2017

Jorge Cadena (El cuento de Antonia), one of the three Tiger Award for Short Film winners.   46th International Film Festival Rotterdam 25 January - 5 February 2017     The jury for the Tiger Competition for Short Films completed its deliberations and announced tonight El cuento de Antonia...

Hubert Bals Fund and Netherlands Film Fund extend partnership

New HBF guidelines and deadlines   With a renewed and extended partnership with the Netherlands Film Fund, IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) is in full gear for its 2017 application rounds. The new HBF team also announced new guidelines and deadlines, plus commitment to Benelux distribution. IFFR is proud to announce the renewed partnership with the Netherlands Film Fund. The new NFF+HBF Co-Development scheme complements the existing successful NFF+HBF Co-production scheme,...

Full line up of panels at IFFR 2017

IFFR PRO PANELS During the first week of IFFR, the Filmmakers Hub organizes and hosts a series of panels and debates. Top industry professionals and experts attending the festival and CineMart will share their experiences with other professionals and dispense important advice to up-and-coming filmmakers.  The panels are informal, yet highly instructive, and are a great forum for filmmakers to get their questions answered and for Industry pros to meet new talent. The IFFR Pro Panel...


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