45th edition 27 January - 7 February 2016

Frequently Asked Questions about the Festival

Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions site for Professionals. Please note that this FAQ list is meant specifically for film professionals; thus not all information is applicable to the general public.
Why haven't I heard any news about my submission for this year's festival?
Normally we inform you on the status of your film before the festival starts. Due to technical problems however we are not able to send out this mailing at the moment. In case you haven't received an invitation to show your film at the upcoming edition, your film has unfortunately
not been selected for the festival.
We apologize for the impersonal way of bringing this news to you. It goes without saying that we wish you success with your film and we sincerely hope that you will keep us informed on your future projects.

When is the next International Film Festival Rotterdam?
The 45th edition of IFFR takes place from 27 January to 7 February 2016.

When will the programme for the 45th edition be announced?
The full programme of the 45th edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam will be announced in January 2016. It will be available on this website and in print form as the IFFR Programme Magazine, a supplement to the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant. The Catalogue with detailed programme information will be available at the start of the festival.

What are the themes of the festival?

International Film Festival Rotterdam emphasises diversity in its film programming and has no overall theme. However, there are several programme sections that recur every year, such as the Tiger Competitions for long and short films, Bright Future for first and second time filmmakers, Spectrum and Signals. Each edition also contains a number of thematic sidebars.

What are the competitions of the festival?
  • Hivos Tiger Awards Competition (for first or second feature films)
  • Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films
  • The Big Screen Award (for recent films with no Dutch distributor confirmed, chosen by audience jury)
  • The Dioraphte Award (for Hubert Bals Fund-supported films)
  • The Audience Award (for recently finished films >60 min)
  • FIPRESCI Award (for Bright Future films with a world premiere)
  • MovieZone Award (Young People's Jury)
  • KNF Award (for recent films with no Dutch distributor confirmed, chosen by Circle of Dutch Film Journalists)
More extensive information on all prizes can be found on the Juries and Awards page.

What is CineMart?
Being the first co-production market of its kind, CineMart offers filmmakers the opportunity to launch their ideas to the international film industry and to find the right connections to get their projects launched. Launching about 30 new projects in need of additional financing, CineMart also heralds an important start of the 'film year'. The 33rd edition of CineMart will take place at IFFR from 31 January to 3 February 2016.

What is the Hubert Bals Fund?
The Hubert Bals fund is an initiative of International Film Festival Rotterdam that provides grants to remarkable cinema projects in various stages of completion.

How do I get a ticket for a screening?
With an Industry, Press or CineMart badge, you have access to all Press and Industry screenings (for guests with a Guest Badge, access depends on availability of seats). If you would like to attend Public Screenings, there are two ways to obtain tickets: online through your MyIFFR account or through the Guest Box Office in de Doelen and LantarenVenster. If you missed a Press and Industry screening and the Public screening is sold out, an option is the Video Library, where most festival titles are available for viewing (also accessible on your mobile device throughout de Doelen).

More information for film professionals on how to get tickets may be found on the Service and information page.

What can I do if the screenings I want to attend are fully booked?
Although the public screenings are also open to professionals (check at the Guest Box Office), these tend to be fully booked, so we strongly advise you to check the Press & Industry Screenings first. There is usually enough space at these Screenings to accommodate our professional guests, and you do not need to get a ticket for these screenings. Another option is the Video Library, where most festival titles are available for viewing.

I want to attend the festival as a professional delegate, what should I do?
For information on how to request for an accreditation, go to the Accreditations page.

Is there a delegates list or Industry Manual available on your website?
A delegates list and Industry Manual will be published on MyIFFR shortly before the start of the festival. Kindly note that these publications are only accessible for Industry and CineMart accredited guests.

Is there a festival app I can use to access the programme or my schedule?
Yes. Each year the festival launches a new app shortly before the festival. You can use your MyIFFR credentials to access the public programme, your calendar and information on festival events.

Where can I find information on the programmes of past festivals?
Have a look at the IFFR archives for information on recent editions of the festival: How do I get to Rotterdam?
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is only a train ride away: the easiest way to get to Rotterdam city centre. Trains run from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport day and night (see here) as well as from all other main Dutch cities. For more information, kindly check the Getting to Rotterdam section.

Where should I stay in Rotterdam during the Festival?
For information about where to stay in Rotterdam, click here.

What is the best way to get around Rotterdam?
Rotterdam is a compact city well served by an efficient transportation system. Almost all main festival locations are within easy walking distance of each other in the city center. Walking, public transport or taxis are appropriate options for getting around in Rotterdam. For full information, click here.

Where can I use the Internet during the festival?
Wireless internet is available throughout de Doelen, our main festival location. IFFR badge holders are welcome to the 3rd floor of de Doelen, where you can find all Industry, Guest and Press related information and workspaces. A password to use the WiFi will be provided at all of our desks, as well as on the information boards. The Video Library is also available throughout de Doelen on your mobile devices, when using the festival’s WiFi- network and your MyIFFR details when logging on to the platform.

What sort of weather should I expect during the Festival?

During the Festival period, Rotterdam temperatures typically hover just above the freezing point 1-5°C (34-42°F). Ice or snow is possible, so remember to bring appropriate footwear and warm clothing.

I do not speak Dutch. Will that be a problem at IFFR?
All films in the IFFR programme are screened in the original language, mostly with English subtitles. Only a small part of the selected films are subtitled in Dutch, or spoken in Dutch. Generally speaking, the Dutch possess a high English proficiency and can often also converse in other languages such as French and German.

My question has not been answered yet. What do I do?
If you cannot find what you are looking for, please check our other FAQ pages first. For questions about entering your feature-length film, click here. For questions about the Hubert Bals fund, click here. For questions about CineMart, click here. If you still have any more questions, please use the search option in the top right corner of this website to find an answer or contact the festival.