Annual Report 2021-2022

Organisation & team

IFFR aims to offer a platform for the worldwide community of independent filmmakers and to reach a broad and diverse audience. IFFR strives to make a difference in cultural and social life in Rotterdam and the Netherlands.

During the festival and with year-round activities, IFFR offers a strong and diverse range of screenings, talks, exhibitions and networking opportunities. This is made possible by the efforts of a team of professionals, experts, programmers and scouts, who contribute through research, development and curation. 

IFFR is led by a directorial board duo made up of festival director Vanja Kaludjercic (since February 2020) and managing director Marjan van der Haar (since October 2018). Both directors receive a salary that aligns with the WNT standard. IFFR also has a supervisory board made up of six voluntary members with complementary expertise, who convene at least six times a year. 

The festival employs a core team of 44 people (40.5 FTE). Closer to the festival, IFFR becomes a project organisation in which temporary employees, freelancers and volunteers work together. The number of people involved in the past year was different to previous years, due to the implications of Covid-19. Ultimately, there were 134 people working for the festival, including 9 trainees, 89 contractors and 54 volunteers. The festival also actively invites students to take up internships and gain experience in the cultural sector. 


IFFR follows the Fair Practice Code, with particular consideration for the Diversity and Inclusiveness Code and the Culture Governance Code.  

The Fair Practice Code is applied to the salaries of the IFFR team and freelancers, because IFFR believes a healthy labour market is important to the cultural sector. IFFR has its own employment conditions package, to be updated annually, and follows the municipal CAO (Collective Labour Agreement) guidelines on salaries, to ensure competitive offerings in the labour market. Freelance rates are similarly scaled in accordance with the salary system. Furthermore, based on the Fair Practice Code, IFFR has clarified that freelancers are entitled to additional pay when working overtime. 

In the spring of 2021, the IFFR code of conduct was updated to ensure that everyone – both visitors and employees – feels safe and respected at IFFR. The code of conduct provides a clear outline of rules regarding desirable behaviour, undesirable behaviour and conflicts of interest. The code also delineates the procedure for reporting misconduct and violations. IFFR works with internal confidential advisers, as well as external advisers available through

By signing the Diversity and Inclusiveness Code, IFFR commits to the importance of representation and including a diverse set of voices within the organisation. 


IFFR 2022 was realised with a total budget of 8.4 million euros. The government Covid-19 support from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science was again a vital component in the organisation of the festival. Nevertheless, the pandemic has presented significant challenges to the financial stability of IFFR these past two years, meaning the sustainable and resilient future strategy – which was temporarily put on hold to be able to organise the 51st edition – will be actively pursued this upcoming year. The IFFR Foundation has an ANBI status, meaning it is designated a non-profit by the Netherlands tax authorities, thereby also increasing the funding possibilities of the festival.