A selection of discoveries for the future. Emerging talent with original subject matter and an individual style. Includes the Bright Future Competition for first feature films.

Since 2009, Bright Future has been IFFR's programme dedicated to young and emerging film talent with their own style and vision, often presenting their films for the first time on the international film scene. The section includes:

Hivos Tiger Competition

The Hivos Tiger Competition is the festival's most prestigious competition. Since its inception in 1995, it has celebrated the innovative spirit of young filmmakers from all over the globe. 

Tiger Competition for Short Films

Established in 2005, the Tiger Competition for Short Films presents cinema under 60 minutes in all its forms: fiction, documentary, essay film, animation and more.

Bright Future Main Programme

Highlighting predominantly first or second features by young filmmakers, Bright Future Main Programme offers a selection of discoveries for the future. All films are made by original, up-and-coming directors bringing their own style, vision and subject matter. 

Bright Future Mid-length

With a selection of 10 mid-length films, all with a running time between 40 and 62 minutes, IFFR spotlights the Mid-length format, one of the most interesting, vibrant formats in current cinema. The section is non-competitive, but the films are presented in solo-screenings - not as part of a combined programme - high-lighting the idea that these films are just as long as it takes.

Bright Future Short

IFFR’s short film section is one of the largest and most significant showcases for short filmmaking and artists’ moving image in the world. It brings numerous short film professionals and international audiences to Rotterdam. 

Films inside ‘Bright Future’