Annual Report

Partners & friends

IFFR’s financing comes from a variety of sources, both private and public. Collaborations and partnerships are formed based on shared goals and attitudes, ensuring they are long-term and sustainable.

The festival has five main partners: VriendenLoterij, FONDS21, Stichting Droom en Daad, vfonds and de Volkskrant. Thanks to them as well as all our patrons, partners, supporters, corporations and foundations, the 50th edition was successful and the organisation remains financially healthy.

Friends of IFFR

The donations the festival received this year were much needed in these difficult circumstances. The ongoing and crucial support from our donors, including members of our Tiger Film Mecenaat and the Next Film Patrons, directly impacts the number of film projects IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund can support, and the quality and reach of our festival programme each year. 

Once again, IFFR would like to express its gratitude to everyone who helped to create a memorable 50th edition. 

“Why are IFFR and vfonds such a good match? Here in the Netherlands we have been able to live in a society without war for more than 75 years, but freedom and democracy cannot be taken for granted. It is so important to keep learning from and about this, and film is a wonderful form of expression for that. Film puts a subject in the spotlight, and makes heavy or sensitive subjects accessible and open for discussion. This applies to the general public as well as to young people.”
– Lisette Mattaar, vfonds director

The economic impact of IFFR

In 2020, IFFR published the results of the data-driven research by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The report measured the economic impact of IFFR on Rotterdam and the positive contribution to the city’s good reputation.

Infographic PwC economic value IFFR

Educational partners

Education has long been central to IFFR’s mission. Thanks to the generosity of several funds – including VSBfonds, Stichting Elise Mathilde Fonds, Erasmusstichting and Stichting Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie – IFFR can explore new ways of engaging younger audiences. IFFR’s educational programming introduces Rotterdam-based school children and students to the realm of cinema, by offering school curriculums and year-round film education.