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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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We Are The Best! to close International Film Festival Rotterdam 2014

43rd International Film Festival Rotterdam 22 January – 2 February 2014 International Film Festival Rotterdam 2014 closes Saturday 1 February with the Dutch premiere of We Are The Best!, the latest film by Swedish director Lukas Moodysson (Fucking Åmål, Mammoth). Tickets for the Closing Night Film and Party are available through filmfestivalrotterdam.com.   Based on his wife’s graphic novel, Moodysson (1969, Malmö) made a wonderfully...

IFFR to honor Nils Malmros with a retrospective

The 43rd edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam puts the spotlight on two remarkable auteurs of European cinema. Danish filmmaker Nils Malmros will be honored with an extensive focus on his films, drawing much from his own life and depicting growing up and living in his hometown Ȧrhus. Signals: Regained, IFFR’s returning section dedicated to the memory of film from a particular and contemporary viewpoint, includes highlights of the documentary series Architecture as Autobiogra...

Rotterdam Focus on Heinz Emigholz in Signals: Regained

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Heinz Emigholz focus Heinz Emigholz (1948) is an eminent German experimental filmmaker and artist whose monumental body of work stretches from film to drawing to literature. He dedicated the past fifteen years to completing the documentary series Architecture as Autobiography, focusing on visionary 20th century architects such as Luis Sullivan, Bruce Goff, Adolf Loos and August Perret. At the occasion of the conclusion of this series, IFFR and The New Institute join forces to present highl...

IFFR shows How To Survive...

43rd International Film Festival Rotterdam 22 January – 2 February 2014     International Film Festival Rotterdam adds How to Survive…, a program focusing on and broadening the idea of contemporary survival, to its thematic Signals section. Acknowledging the fact that global developments in society are the point of departure for survival films in both contemporary commercial and independent cinema, all ...

Rotterdam's Bright Future premieres announced

  Rotterdam’s Bright Future and Spectrum sections provide both an overview as well as an update of contemporary world cinema. Brought together by IFFR’s team of programmers, each selecting adventurous, important and fresh titles from their research territories, the sections provide the filmmakers and producers with the opportunity to present their works to a dedicated festival audience and attending film professionals. Both sections combined contain thirty-seven world pr...

The Rotterdam's Spectrum Section Line Up

Spectrum The Spectrum section shows films by experienced directors and maestros of artistic and experimental cinema, offering a diverse and rich range of global perspectives. The 2014 line up comprises sixty-nine films in total, including fifteen world premieres, seven international premieres and seven European premieres. Spectrum includes three films supported by the Hubert Bals Fund.   Five Spectrum films were selected for the Big Screen Award Competition. Among these, world premiere...

Rotterdam completes line up Hivos Tiger Awards Competition

Fifteen first or second features films by talented filmmakers from around the globe have been selected for IFFR's Hivos Tiger Awards Competition 2014. They will compete for three equal Hivos Tiger Awards of 15,000 Euro each. Jury chair Elia Suleiman will hand out the prizes at the official awards ceremony on 31 January. The line up includes six world premieres. Jury Hivos Tiger Awards Competition 2014 The Hivos Tiger Awards Competition Jury 2014 consists of distinguished film maker Elia ...

IFFR starts celebrations Hubert Bals Fund’s 25th anniversary with opening film Qissa

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2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the Hubert Bals Fund. During the 43rd International Film Festival Rotterdam, the festival will be paying extensive tribute to the Fund and its history. To date, the Fund has supported more than a thousand film projects worldwide, including Qissa by filmmaker Anup Singh from India – the film that will officially open the festival on Wednesday, 22 January. In addition, the festival will be dedicating a special themed programme to hidden treasures from the h...

IFFR selects 24 films for Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films

During IFFR 2014, 24 films will compete for the three Canon Tiger Awards for Short Films. The full programme of Tiger and Spectrum Shorts, with 217 short and mid-length films, will be screened from Thursday 23 through Monday 27 January at festival location LantarenVenster. The programme includes tributes to the British film maker Jodie Mack, the Swiss film maker and artist Hannes Schüpbach, and the ‘Mind The Gap Nights’ programme with live music and film at the WORM festival l...

Dutch producers Volya Films and Waterland Film have been selected for Hubert Bals Fund Plus in fall 2013.

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Dutch producers Volya Films and Waterland Film have been selected for Hubert Bals Fund Plus in fall 2013. Each receives a grant of €50,000 from the Netherlands Film Fund for co-producing a Hubert Bals Fund-supported film. Volya Films co-produces Big Father, Small Father (Vietnam), and Waterland Film co-produces Women of the Weeping River (the Philippines). Big Father, Small Father is the second film by Phan Dang Di (1976, Vietnam), whose debut film Bi, Don’t Be Afraid premiered at th...

Tiger Teasers - What to expect from IFFR 2014

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    Tiger Teaser #10: A Thousand Suns » Warm tribute by Mati Diop to an African film classic and its lead actor. Tiger Teaser #8: Love Steaks » She is a sharp and swift chef. He is a shy and sweet masseur. In the luxury retreat where they work, a one-of-a-kind love story develops between Lara and Clemens. ...

First competition selections for IFFR 2014

The Hivos Tiger Awards Competition of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) gives up-and-coming talent the opportunity to shine on a global stage. IFFR announces the first five films selected in its Hivos Tiger Awards Competition 2014. Among these, one has been supported by IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund. The complete line up of the fifteen first or second features concurring for the three equal Hivos Tiger Awards of 15,000 euro each will be presented around 9 January 2014. The first fi...

Hubert Bals Fund announces Fall 2013 and Boost! selections

The Hubert Bals Fund of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has selected fourteen film projects to receive grants for postproduction and for script and project development. In its Fall 2013 selection round, the Fund gives 161,700 Euro to projects from nine Asian, Eastern European, Latin-American and African countries. The selection was made out of 464 applications, the highest number of funding applications to date. Five HBF supported projects get the opportunity to further develop th...

Festival director Rutger Wolfson temporarily replaced by Mart Dominicus

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IFFR director Rutger Wolfson will be absent for an indefinite duration. He will focus on his recovery from an autoimmune disease. Matt Dominicus (1958) will temporarily replace Rutger Wolfson as an artistic director. Dominicus is a lecturer at the Netherlands Film Academy and as a screenplay and editing coach. He was an IFFR programmer from 1991 to 1994 and has been a member of the Supervisory Board since 2010.   ...

HBF Plus links Dutch producers to projects from Vietnam and the Philippines

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Dutch producers Volya Films and Waterland Film have been selected for Hubert Bals Fund Plus in fall 2013. Each receives a grant of €50,000 from the Netherlands Film Fund for co-producing a Hubert Bals Fund-supported film. Volya Films co-produces Big Father, Small Father (Vietnam), and Waterland Film co-produces Women of the Weeping River (the Philippines). Big Father, Small Father is the second film by Phan Dang Di (1976, Vietnam), whose debut film Bi, Don’t Be Afraid premiered at th...

Central theme of IFFR 2014 examines The State of Europe

There's a film festival just around the corner! The 43rd International Film Festival Rotterdam will take place from 22 January to 2 February 2014.      Sacro GRA   The central theme of IFFR 2014 has been announced: as a prelude to the European elections next year, IFFR brings a multi-strand Signal called The State of Europe.  ...

Jury’s award films at International Film Festival Rotterdam

At the Awards Ceremony on Friday 1 February 2013 in de Doelen (Rotterdam), the winners of IFFR’s eighteenth Hivos Tiger Awards Competition, of the first Big Screen Award Competition and of the NETPAC, FIPRESCI and KNF prizes were announced. Two winners were supported by the Hubert Bals Fund; one winner was a CineMart Project.   During the Ceremony, Hivos Tiger Awards Jury member Ai Weiwei commented on his jury duty in a prerecorded video message played before the attendants. &nbs...

Les chevaux de Dieu favorite of young people’s jury MovieZone at IFFR 2013

The film Les chevaux de Dieu by Nabil Ayouch (Morocco/France/Belgium, 2012) has won the MovieZone IFFR Award 2013, which was announced by the young people’s jury of the International Film Festival Rotterdam this afternoon during the MovieZone Award Ceremony. The MovieZone jury consisted of five members aged 17 to 19 years: Freek Vrijhof, Sa-Ra Zwarteveen, Wesley Kalksma, Anne Rietmeijer and Melvin Kalksma. They have seen twenty films, met directors and press and enjoyed film partie...

Awards for Best CineMart Projects 2013 handed out in Rotterdam

The 30th CineMart, co-production market of International Film Festival Rotterdam concluded yesterday, Wednesday 30 January in Rotterdam, with the announcement of the three awards for best CineMart Projects 2013. Jätten (The Giant) by Johannes Nyholm (Denmark/Sweden) wins the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award; the ARTE International Prize goes to The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos (Ireland/UK/Greece) and the WorldView New Genres Fund Development Award goes to Zama by Lucrecia Martel ...

Short films awarded at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013

42nd International Film Festival Rotterdam 23 January – 3 February 2013 Short films awarded at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013   Monday 28 January, Beatrice Gibson’s The Tiger’s Mind (UK), Zachary Formwalt’s Unsupported Transit (Netherlands) and Erik van Lieshout’s Janus (Netherlands) were awarded the three equal Canon Tiger Awards for Short Films 2013. The International Film Festival Rotterdam short film nominee for the European Film Awards ...

IFFR and Under The Milky Way team up to launch ‘IFFR in the Cloud’ and a dedicated Room on iTunes: itunes.com/iffr

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  In a new partnership with digital distributor Under The Milky Way, International Film Festival Rotterdam launches its own Room available on iTunes in the Benelux: itunes.com/iffr. As of today, viewers in the Benelux may discover or re-discover past festival favorites such as Shame and A Single Man all conveniently presented in the IFFR Room on iTunes. The partnership also includes ‘IFFR in the Cloud’, an innovative programme supporting filmmakers to access digital distributi...

IFFR and Under The Milky Way team up to launch ‘IFFR in the Cloud’ and a dedicated Room on iTunes: itunes.com/iffr

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In a new partnership with digital distributor Under The Milky Way, International Film Festival Rotterdam launches its own Room available on iTunes in the Benelux: itunes.com/iffr.  As of today, viewers in the Benelux may discover or re-discover past festival favorites such as Shame and A Single Man all conveniently presented in the IFFR Room on iTunes. The partnership also includes ‘IFFR in the Cloud’, an innovative programme supporting filmmakers to access digital distributi...

Rotterdam’s Bright Future line up announced

With its seventy-four feature length titles directed by first or second time filmmakers the main section Bright Future of the International Film Festival Rotterdam presents a large gathering of upcoming directing, script writing, film producing and acting talent. The program includes seventeen world premieres, fifteen international premieres and ten European premieres from thirty-eight different countries. Eleven films in the section have been supported by the Hubert Bals Fund and five were ...

Rotterdam’s The Big Screen Award Competition 2013 announced

    International Film Festival Rotterdam announces the line up of the first edition of The Big Screen Award Competition. The selection, comprising ten films, includes the world premieres of new films by Michael Noer (Denmark) and David Verbeek (Taiwan/Netherlands) as well as the début features by Alexandra Gulea (Romania / Germany / France) and Frédérick Pelletier (Canada/ Belgium). The Big Screen Award Competition aims to support the distribution of films in...

Jury members at Rotterdam

Sixteen films have been selected for IFFR's Hivos Tiger Awards Competition 2013. The complete lineup, comprising first or second feature films concurring for three equal Hivos Tiger Awards of each 15,000 euro, includes eight world premieres. Five competing films have received support from Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals Fund and three were launched as project at CineMart. Celebrated visual artist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei will join the five member jury from his home in Beijing. Jury Hivos Tig...

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