Short films occupy a prominent position throughout the programme. They are everywhere: as part of installations, preceding premières and, naturally, at the shorts headquartersLantarenVenster.
Basically, International Film Festival Rotterdam consists of not one, but two festivals. The shorts programme, which features hundreds of films, is the largest of its kind in the Netherlands and one of the largest in Europe, and can be viewed as a festival inside a festival. The short films have their own Tiger Awards Competition and also appear in all the other parts of the programme. Nevertheless, the highest concentration of shorts can be found at LantarenVenster which has been the shorts headquarters for several years now. The films that are screened vary in length from just under a minute to 59 minutes in length.
Alongside their duration, the films also vary wildly in subject, technique and execution: from documentaries and fiction to animation and experimental films. Nowhere else can film buffs engage with such a wide range of cinematographic options. For instance, in In Search of a City, which was part of the Signals: Power Cut Middle East programme in 2012, Hala Elkoussy takes a hallucinatory walk through Cairo, from the centuries' market old gate to a modern suburb. In 20 Hz, artistic duo Semiconductor even takes viewers to the highest layer of the atmosphere providing an awe-inspiring visual translation for a geomagnetic storm. The black & white computer animation created by Manque de preuves visualises something entirely different: the inhumanity of the asylum system. What starts out as an ancient fairy tale descends into a nightmare.
Shorts on YouTube
Whether it is the festival or not, the shorts programme continues throughout the year. Via IFFR's YouTube channel youtube.com/iffrotterdam you can watch new shorts programmes every month.