Short and powerful short films play a prominent role throughout the festival programme and you'll find them popping up everywhere: as part of an installation, as a prelude to a main feature in Pathé and, of course, together in collective programmes in short-headquarters LantarenVenster, which has relocated last year to the Kop van Zuid on the Wilhelminapier.
How long is short? At IFFR a film is defined as 'short' if it lasts for less than an hour. Whether it's a few seconds or 59 minutes, a short film is precisely as long as it needs to be. As well as length, there's also a big diversity in subject matter, filming techniques and execution. There are fiction films, experimental work and documentaries. Short films prove that filmmakers play with a whole range of cinematic forms and ideas.
The shorts have their own competition - the Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films. In contrast to the other Tiger Awards Competition, the 'short Tigers' are not automatically for new young talent.