Our 50th-anniversary edition will take place in an extended format in 2021. We will celebrate the festival in two parts – 1 to 7 February and 2 to 6 June – connected by a series of events in between. IFFR 2021 will be a hybrid festival that adapts to the current crisis and continues to offer an exciting programme for local and (inter)national audiences, as well as industry professionals.
In light of the current Covid-19 situation in the Netherlands and the continuing global health crisis, we made the decision to reimagine and expand our 50th edition. The festival will comprise two distinct parts, to be presented first in February and then June, and will be connected by a series of physical and online events in between. We will work with this hybrid model throughout, to ensure the possibility of safe, socially distanced gatherings or the full festival experience for those unable or deciding not to travel to Rotterdam.
Festival director Vanja Kaludjercic: “Through the new path we are taking in 2021, we are expanding beyond our existing boundaries. At the same time, our commitment to our makers, industry and audiences remains undiminished. As is our desire to deliver a creatively audacious, mesmerising festival, albeit one whose presentation – this year at least – will seem a little unfamiliar. The form may be different, but our programme will be as thrilling and vital as ever.”
1 – 7 February
The first part of the festival will take place between 1 to 7 February. Six festival days will be dedicated to IFFR’s main competitions – the Tiger Competition, Big Screen Competition and Ammodo Tiger Short Competition – as well as our Limelight lineup of avant premieres, and a fully online edition of IFFR Pro Days for industry professionals. Physical events and screenings will take place at ‘de Doelen’ and at KINO Rotterdam. Films will also be available to watch online for audiences across the Netherlands.
The first of IFFR’s anniversary edition programmes will appear in February. Tiger on the Loose will give visitors the chance to discover interactive AR art installations mapped across the city of Rotterdam. IFFR will also reach Amsterdam with Vive le cinéma ! at Eye Filmmuseum: an exhibition on film and art, with commissioned work by iconic filmmakers.
IFFR Pro Days, 1 to 5 February
The festival’s industry programme IFFR Pro Days, which includes CineMart and the Rotterdam Lab, will take place online from 1 to 5 February. The online experience will be tailored to filmmakers in the programme and their film trajectories, will provide practical networking and training opportunities and also offer sessions for the industry at large. Rotterdam Lab will take place from 25 January to 5 February 2021. The IFFR Pro Awards will take place on 5 February.
Between February and June
IFFR will continue the celebrations with a number of events and exclusive online content in between the two main festival parts. We will release our 50/50 collection on IFFR Unleashed, a selection of 50 films from 50 festival editions. Our programme focused on local Rotterdam filmmaking, RTM, will be presented in a larger scale at LantarenVenster. And later, a mini-symposium will take place as part of Cinema Regained, the festival’s programme dedication to living film history and restoration films.
2 – 6 June
Taking place on a special spring date that honours the festival’s very first edition in 1972, the second part of the festival hopes to be a festive celebration that invites larger audiences. Here we will present ‘IFFR’s anniversary programme’ which taps into the rich history of IFFR by inviting luminaries of the last five decades to enter a dialogue with fresh names and faces.
IFFR will also present Harbour in June, our newest and largest programme representing the multidimensional nature of Rotterdam, and our Bright Future programme dedicated to emerging film talent. Other highlights will include screenings in cities throughout the Netherlands and a series of outdoor film events and presentations. With much more to come.