International Film Festival Rotterdam - IFFR 📷 Vysotsky
The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is one of the largest and most prestigous 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 in the city.
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 anual co-production market.
IFFR opening film
In 2019, the opening film of the 48th International Film Festival Rotterdam is Dirty God, by Dutch filmmaker Sacha Polak. The screening will be the film's world premiere. Polak (born 1982) has 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 is her first English-language film.
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2019
Place: De Doelen Schouwburgplein 50, 3012 CL Rotterdam
Date(s) & Time(s): 23 January - 3 February 2019
Featuring: Various Entrance/Tickets: On sale 18 January 2019 at 20:00 Tiger Members get access on 17 January at 20:00
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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