Annual Report 2021-2022

Film support year-round

Throughout the year, IFFR engages its audiences with film by organising special screenings and events outside of the festival days, and by hosting its online streaming service IFFR Unleashed. The festival also presents a varied educational programme to engage younger audiences.

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Screenings and talks

In collaboration with KINO cinema in Rotterdam, IFFR organises a year-round curated programme with a variety of festival films from previous editions: IFFR KINO. From October to December 2021, Stroszek, Mi chiamo Francesco Totti and The Spooky Bunch returned for one-off screenings. Following their premieres at IFFR, the festival also supports the cinematic releases of titles through our communications channels, such as social media and newsletters. 

The Talks & Masterclasses 2022 presented during the festival programme are available year-round on our website. Due to the global pandemic, IFFR’s sister festival in Curaçao, CIFFR, could unfortunately not take place in 2022. 

25 Encounters

The screening of this year’s closing film, Dragon Inn, also marked the launch of 25 Encounters. The programme comprised 25 conversations between filmmakers and film enthusiasts, among them Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Christine Vachon, Olivier Assayas, Ayoka Chenzira, Ester Martin Bergsmark, Costa-Gavras and Yuasa Masaaki. All encounters have been captured in a limited edition print publication, released with an accompanying film programme of 24 titles curated by the participants. The film programme was made available on IFFR Unleashed in three scheduled releases.

IFFR Unleashed infographics

Support Filmmakers at Risk

IFFR is strongly invested in supporting filmmakers – whether through structural funding opportunities or advocating for filmmakers at risk. Together with International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and the European Film Academy (EFA), IFFR founded the International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk (ICFR) in 2020. The organisation’s mission is to advocate for and to act in solidarity with filmmakers facing political persecution for their work.

In response to the war in Ukraine, ICFR and its partners urgently set up an Emergency Fund to help filmmakers with small financial grants. As soon as the war broke out, the Coalition and the Fund started raising funds and donations. The Emergency Fund provides filmmakers with small funds of €500, €1,000 or €1,500 to be able to assist in covering temporary relocation expenses, legal and administrative fees, to cover initial minor but necessary expenses required during the current situation. Within the first three weeks over 150 filmmakers who were in direct danger were supported.

Videoland Academy 

IFFR collaborates year round with the Netherlands Film Festival, IDFA and the Dutch streaming service Videoland on a talent development trajectory for up-and-coming genre filmmakers. 2021 saw the first premieres for work produced on the programme. Three sci-fi mid-lengths premiered at the Netherlands Film Festival in September, before a documentary series made its debut on the Videoland platform in February 2022. The third edition of the programme was announced based on Dutch horror, and a masterclass took place with director Fabrice du Welz presented together with Imagine Film Festival.