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International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) offers a high quality line-up of carefully selected fiction and documentary feature films, short films and media art. The festival's focus is on recent work by talented new filmmakers. However, within the four sections the Festival presents, there is also room for retrospectives and themed programmes. IFFR actively supports new and adventurous filmmaking talent through its co-production market CineMart, its Hubert Bals Fund, Rotterdam Lab and other industry activities.



We encourage and stimulate both emerging and established filmmakers from all backgrounds in their artistic endeavours. We champion their films day after day since 1972, matching their work with like-minded professionals and wide audiences. We believe in the power of cinema to increase our understanding of society. We trust its potential to infuse positive social change. We collectively expand the creative space for film citizenship and celebrate the diverse forms of cinema. We are IFFR!


As an international film festival, we represent the strength and impact of independent film, filmmakers and film-related art. We stimulate, coach, finance, distribute and support filmmakers through the Hubert Bals Fund (HBF), our annual co-production market (CineMart) and the many forms of training provided to filmmakers through the RotterdamLabBy organising the annual festival and other events throughout the year, we create a platform for makers to present their (life’s) work to broad, diverse audiences. In doing so, we accept challenges head-on. Hotly debated and challenging, our programming tackles issues and tensions of contemporary social relevance.

The festival

IFFR is one of the largest audience and industry-driven film festivals in the world. During twelve festival days, hundreds of filmmakers and other artists present their work to a large audience (2017: 314.000 admissions and 2.298 film professionals). The festival's Official Selection includes some 252 feature films and 225 short films out of 50 countries. It aims to organise and stimulate film-related activities in Rotterdam.

The 46th edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam took place from Wednesday 25 January till Sunday 5 February 2017.

The 47th IFFR will be from Wednesday 24 January till Sunday 4 February 2018 (film submissions are open from July 2017)

Short historic profile

Famously, seventeen people attended the opening night of the first Film International Rotterdam on 28 June 1972. An initiative of the Rotterdam Arts Foundation, Film International (later: International Film Festival Rotterdam) showcased films purchased for distribution to the newly established circuit of art house cinemas in the Netherlands. A driving force, famous figurehead and inspirational director until his early death in 1988, Hubert Bals gave the festival its solid reputation of commitment to and active support of independent cinema as well as of a welcoming meeting place for filmmakers, audiences, film professionals and film critics. Under the subsequent directorships of Anne Head (1989), Marco Müller (1990-1991), Emile Fallaux (1992-1996), Simon Field (1996-2004), Sandra den Hamer (2000-2007), Rutger Wolfson (2008-2015) and Bero Beyer (2015 - Present) IFFR grew to become one of the largest audience and industry-driven film festivals in the world, while maintaining its focus on innovative filmmaking by talented newcomers and established auteurs as well as on presenting cutting edge media art.

Festival Archive

Funders and Business Partners

International Film Festival Rotterdam is subsidized by Dutch national and Rotterdam’s local governments. For theme sections, collaborations with other Rotterdam cultural institutions and special projects, the festival receives donations from private funds. Ultimately, the festival would not be possible without its large festival audience, hundreds of volunteers and support from its main business partners de Volkskrant, United Foundation, Hivos, BankGiro Loterij as well as our Tiger Friends, maecenases and many other partners and suppliers.

IFFR partners

Locations, Screening Schedule, Box Office

The IFFR main screening venues are 'de Doelen' (also the location of CineMart, Delegates & Press Centre and Film Office), Pathé Schouwburgplein multiplex, Cinerama, LantarenVenster, Oude Luxor and Rotterdamse Schouwburg. More venues are to be announced.

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

Last updated on 9 June 2017.

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More about the Festival's activities

Programme Awards Cinemart Hubert Bals Fund Rotterdam Lab Young Film Critics Film Office Distribution activities Curaçao IFFR