International Film Festival Rotterdam - dates, screenings

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is one of the largest and most prestigious film festivals in the Netherlands. IFFR is a 12-day audience and industry-driven festival during which hundreds of films are screened at over 20 locations.

About International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)

The International Film Festival Rotterdam has been around since 1972. The film festival focuses mostly on recently released fiction, documentary feature films, short films and media art by talented up and coming filmmakers.
It's amazing how far the festival has come. The very first edition of the film festival attracted a whopping 17 people on opening day. In more recent times, the festival attracts over 300,000 attendees. Nowadays, IFFR touts itself being one of the biggest audience and industry-driven celebrations of cinema worldwide. Visitors to IFFR are treated to an official selection consisting of over 500 masterpieces by hundreds of filmmakers hailing from over 50 nations.
An interesting aspect of IFFR is that it actively works to support filmmakers through various means and collaborations such as funding through the Hubert Bals Fund, coaching by Rotterdam Lab as well as distribution via CineMart, an annual co-production market. 

IFFR programme

The full schedule for IFFR will be made available on 15 January. For now, we do know a few of the titles screened at the 2020 IFFR. These include films like Children of the Sun by Prasanna Vithanage, Bacurau by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles, The Whistlers by Corneliu Porumboiu, Tierra adentro by Mauro Colombo, Blanco en blanco by Théo Court and various other local and international films. You can keep an eye on the ever expanding list by visiting the IFFR website

IFFR opening film

The opening film for 2020 is yet to be revealed. In 2019, the opening film of the 48th International Film Festival Rotterdam was Dirty God, by Dutch filmmaker Sacha Polak. The screening was the film's world premiere. Polak (born 1982) had previously won the FIPRESCI award as well as the C.I.C.A.E. award for her features Hemel (2012) and Zurich (2015) respectively at the Berlin International Film Festival. Dirty God was her first English-language film.

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) event details

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020

De Doelen
Schouwburgplein 50, 3012 CL Rotterdam

Date(s) & Time(s):
22 January - 2 February 2020


On sale 17 January 2020 at 20:00

Event type:
Film Festival

Find out more about the festival programme on the official IFFR website


Location: De Doelen

IFFR films are screened at various theatres throughout the city. De Doelen is the main venue. It is also the location of IFFR PRO Cinemart as well as the PRO Hub and Press Centre. Other venues include but are not limited to Pathé Schouwburg, KINO, Oude Luxor, LantarenVenster, Rotterdamse Schouwburg and Cinerama.


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