51st edition ends, IFFR to show more films later in 2022

06 February 2022

Along The Way audience © Jan de Groen

The screening of Dragon Inn by King Hu marks the close of IFFR 2022 and the launch of 25 Encounters, a curated publication and accompanying film programme on IFFR Unleashed. The Closing Night revealed the VriendenLoterij Audience Award winner: Freaks Out by Gabriele Mainetti.

six people standing on a carpet

The winner of the VriendenLoterij Audience AwardFreaks Out by Gabriele Mainetti, was revealed during the Closing Night, and the 25 Encounters film programme was launched.

The IFFR 2022 Official Selection encompassed 217 films. The festival presented 54 films (including 11 world premieres) to audiences on, the world premiere of Along the Way in cinemas and 5 Big Talks available worldwide. IFFR also presented a selection of films to 2,112 press and industry guests on Festival Scope Pro, which included Tiger Competition, Big Screen Competition and Ammodo Tiger Short Competition selections. The competition selections, which have been exclusively screening online for press and industry guests during the festival, will screen in cinemas for audiences later in the year.

Festival director Vanja Kaludjercic: “Today marks the close of another exceptional edition of IFFR. It was heartwarming to feel the continued support of filmmakers, industry members, partners and audiences in the face of ongoing uncertainties. We are proud to find alternative ways to bring exciting new films and look forward to presenting our competition titles later this year as they were intended: to audiences on the big screen in the presence of filmmakers.”

IFFR 2022 facts and figures

Figures are indicative. The definitive IFFR 2022 figures will be reported in the upcoming Annual Report. IFFR 2023 festival dates will be announced later in the year.

IFFR 2022 Official Selection

  • 217 films

IFFR 2022 Selection available on

  • 17 Harbour titles 
  • 4 Bright Future titles 
  • 5 Limelight titles
  • 8 Focus: Amanda Kramer titles
  • 6 Cinema Regained titles 
  • 1 Short & Mid-length title 
  • 12 RTM titles 
  • 1 Scopitone title
  • 5 Big Talks accessible globally online
  • 33 films eligible for the VriendenLoterij Audience Award, 11 of which received an audience rating of four out of five or higher.

Press & Industry Selection 2022 

  • 14 Tiger Competition titles
  • 9 Big Screen Competition titles
  • 16 Ammodo Tiger Short Competition titles
  • 56 feature films 
  • 12 mid-length films
  • 55 Short films
  • 4 VR projects
  • 22,672 Festival Scope Pro visits

Audience engagement

  • 117,000 visits
    - Of which, 1,500 visits were onsite
  • 5% decrease in comparison with the February festival days of IFFR 2021
  • 1.7 multiplier for online visits
  • Geographical representation of visits per province
    - In 2022, 40% of audience members were watching from the province of South Holland, of which Rotterdam is the largest city. This is the same representation as in 2021. 
    - The province of North Holland (which includes Amsterdam, Haarlem and Alkmaar) represented 32%, an increase of 8 percent point compared to 2021.
    - Viewers from other provinces made up 28% of the audience.
  • 905,000 YouTube views from 7 January until 6 February

Press guests

  • 550 journalists (88 Netherlands-based journalists and 462 international journalists)
    • Compared to 508 journalists (80 Netherlands-based journalists and 428 international journalists) during the February festival days of IFFR 2021
  • 65 countries represented in total 
    • 7% increase from IFFR 2021

IFFR Pro Days

  • 1,562 guests from the film industry including:
    - 827 IFFR Pro guests
    - 141 filmmakers
    - 86 countries represented
    - 594 CineMart guests
    - 4,473 visits to IFFR Pro activities, including online panels
    - 656 CineMart one-on-one meetings facilitated


  • 40,000 of visits (both online and physical) by school children, students and teachers between 1 March 2021 and 5 February 2022, an increase of 99% compared to IFFR 2021
    - 22% of lessons and workshops took place physically in cinemas and school
    - 78% of lessons and workshops took place online

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