International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) offers a high quality line-up of carefully selected fiction and documentary feature films, short films and media art. The festival's Tiger Awards Competitions, Bright Future and Spectrum sections contain recent work only, among which many world premieres. In its Signals section, IFFR presents retrospectives and themed programmes. IFFR actively supports new and adventurous filmmaking talent through its co-production market CineMart, its Hubert Bals Fund, Rotterdam Lab and other Industry activities.
IFFR is one of the largest audience and industry-driven film festivals in the world. During twelve festival days, hundreds of filmmakers and other artists present their work to a large audience (2014: 287.000 admissions) and 2.400 film professionals. The festival's Official Selection includes some 220 feature films and 320 short films out of 60 countries. It aims to organise and stimulate film-related activities in Rotterdam.
The 44th edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam takes place from Wednesday 21 January till Sunday 1 February 2015.
Short historic profile
Famously, seventeen people attended the opening night of the first Film International Rotterdam on 28 June 1972. An initiative of the Rotterdam Arts Foundation, Film International (later: International Film Festival Rotterdam) showcased films purchased for distribution to the newly established circuit of art house cinemas in the Netherlands. A driving force, famous figurehead and inspirational director until his early death in 1988, Hubert Bals gave the festival its solid reputation of commitment to and active support of independent cinema as well as of a welcoming meeting place for filmmakers, audiences, film professionals and film critics. Under the subsequent directorships of Anne Head (1989), Marco Müller (1990-1991), Emile Fallaux (1992-1996), Simon Field (1996-2004), Sandra den Hamer (2000-2007) and Rutger Wolfson (2008-present), IFFR grew to become one of the largest audience and industry-driven film festivals in the world, while maintaining its focus on innovative filmmaking by talented newcomers and established auteurs as well as on presenting cutting edge media art.
IFFR's programme: Highlighting the outstanding and exceptional
International Film Festival Rotterdam emphasises diversity in its film programming and has no overall theme. The festival programme consists of two competitions and three non-competitive sections, and includes works supported by IFFR's Hubert Bals Fund (more information
) or launched as projects at CineMart (more information
• Hivos Tiger Awards Competition
: The prestigious Hivos Tiger Awards Competition is IFFR's centrepiece. Fifteen first or second feature filmmakers compete for a trophy, €15.000 and last but not least international recognition. Just the fact that a film has been nominated for the competition in Rotterdam guarantees the necessary international attention.
• Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films
: Next to the festival's Hivos Tiger Awards Competition the short films have their own competition. What differentiates this from the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition is the fact that it's not just for young and upcoming talents; all filmmakers have a chance at winning.
• Bright Future presents idiosyncratic and adventurous new work by novice makers. The section consists of first or second feature films only. As of IFFR 2015, there will be a distinction within Bright Future between the premieres (films receiving their world or international premieres in Rotterdam) and a selection of highlights from other festivals.
• Spectrum comprises new and recent feature length work by experienced filmmakers and artists who provide, in the opinion of IFFR, an essential contribution to international film culture. Within Spectrum, Spectrum: Shorts presents some 200 recent short films, covering a broad area of fictional, documentary and experimental works of up to 60 minutes. As of IFFR 2015, there will be a distinction within Spectrum between the premieres (films receiving their world or international premieres in Rotterdam) and a selection of highlights from other festivals.
• Limelight is a new section as of IFFR 2015 and consists of a selection of thirty films made up of new, original and striking films by talented directors of contemporary cinema which are set to be released in cinemas across the Netherlands after IFFR.
• Signals presents a series of thematic programmes and retrospectives offering insight in topical as well as timeless ideas within cinema.
IFFR's Hubert Bals Fund & CineMart: Supporting independent cinema
IFFR actively supports independent filmmaking from around the globe. The festival is a recognised international platform in Europe for launching new films and talent from Asia, Africa, Middle and Eastern Europe and Latin America.
, IFFR's co-production market for film projects with a limited budget, takes place within the festival from 25 to 28 January 2015. The festival's Hubert Bals Fund
contributes financially to film projects from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe. Each year, the festival programme contains a rich harvest
of Hubert Bals Fund-supported films.
IFFR promotes training and talent development within its Rotterdam Lab
for emerging film producers and the IFFR Trainee Project for Young Film Critics
IFFR's Film Office: Connecting filmmakers
The Film Office
promotes the interests of filmmakers in the official programme by connecting them with international buyers, film programmers and Industry delegates present at the festival. IFFR provides a vital platform for making valuable connections that can stimulate the career of a filmmaker.
The Film Office links the business side of the festival and the professionals attending the co-production market CineMart, with the filmmakers present with a film in the official line up of the IFFR.
IFFR's releases: The online, VOD and DVD output
IFFR's YouTube channel
contains a growing catalogue of freely accessible short films and features screened at Rotterdam. Within the Benelux, IFFR releases films from earlier festival editions simultaneously online as in VOD and on DVD in the webshop
, under IFFR's long running DVD label Tiger Releases, in the special series: 10 to Watch.
The online and DVD selection comprises works – in original versions with Dutch subtitles and often English subtitles – from IFFR's Bright Future section, Tiger Award winners as well as films supported by the IFFR's Hubert Bals Fund. In 2013, films released on these two platforms include festival hits like De jueves a domingo
, Grandma Lo-fi
During the 2013 edition, IFFR and digital distributor Under The Milky Way have teamed up to launch IFFR in the Cloud
and a dedicated Room on iTunes
. As of today, viewers in the Benelux may discover or re-discover past festival favorites such as The Master
and Soldate Jeanette
all conveniently presented in the IFFR Room on iTunes.
To the IFFR in the Cloud initiative, new titles from IFFR's Bright Future and Spectrum section will be added to itunes.com/iffr. This new programme offers the possibility to filmmakers to put their IFFR-selected film on iTunes Benelux without any upfront investment and a possibility to extend to other territories.
Awards of IFFR and CineMart: Praising the winners
Reflecting the ambitions of IFFR towards supporting emerging filmmakers, main prizes
handed out during the festival, go to films as well as to film projects.
Eligible films are feature-length works selected in the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition
for first and second films (three equal Hivos Tiger Awards of each €15.000) and short films selected in the Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films
(three equal Tiger Awards for Short Film of each €3.000).
Introduced in 2013, the Big Screen Award Competition
aims to support the distribution of films in Dutch cinemas. The winner will receive a distribution offer for the Benelux, in collaboration with local distributor Amstelfilm. Eligible are new films not yet acquired for Benelux distribution.
Other juried prizes are the FIPRESCI
Awards, given to respectively Best Premiere in the Bright Future, Best Film not yet acquired for Dutch distribution, Best Asian Film and Best Young People’s Film.
Audience votes decide which filmmakers will be distinguished with the Audience Award
(€10.000 for Best Film in Official Selection) and the Dioraphte Award
(€10.000 for Best Hubert Bals Fund-supported film in Official Selection).
Film projects selected for CineMart 2014 may be distinguished with the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award
(€30.000) or the ARTE France Cinéma Award
International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Fundashon Bon Intenshon co-organised the 3rd edition of the four-day Curaçao IFFR
in Willemstad from 2 April - 6 April 2014. Curaçao IFFR's main location will again be The Cinemas, the six-screen complex in the Otrobanda area of Willemstad.
Funders and Business Partners
International Film Festival Rotterdam is subsidized by Dutch national and Rotterdam’s local governments. For theme sections, collaborations with other Rotterdam cultural institutions and special projects, the festival receives donations from private funds. Ultimately, the festival would not be possible without its large festival audience, hundreds of volunteers and support from its main business partners de Volkskrant
, Curaçao IFFR
and BankGiro Loterij
as well as our Tiger Friends, maecenases and many other partners and suppliers
Locations, Screening Schedule, Box Office
The IFFR main screening venues are 'de Doelen' (also the location of CineMart, Delegates & Press Centre and Film Office), Pathé Schouwburgplein multiplex, Cinerama, LantarenVenster, Oude Luxor and Rotterdamse Schouwburg. More venues are to be announced.
The full programme schedule of the 44th International Film Festival Rotterdam will appear on Wednesday 14 January 2015 as an IFFR Special insert in Dutch national newspaper de Volkskrant and simultaneously online. The online box office opens for all visitors on Friday 16 January 2015 at 20:00 hrs CET.
More information for film professionals on how to get tickets and how to get to Rotterdam may be found on the Service and information
Last updated on 24 September 2014.