IFFR abroad

In preparation of the 49th edition of IFFR, the major festivals in September and October are a very valuable stopover.

We're there in a literal sense: members of the IFFR team pay a visit to meet film professionals, join expert programmes, watch films and get inspired. But IFFR is also present in a more indirect way: several films selected in Toronto, Venice and San Sebastian have been supported by our Hubert Bals Fund or were presented in an early stage of development at our co-production market CineMart.

Venice Film festival

28 August – 7 September 2019

In the Venice competition, the film Martin Eden is selected. Pietro Marcello second fiction feature was presented at CineMart in 2017. In the programme Orrizonti, the new film by Chilean director Théo Court has its world premiere. His second film White on White was supported by HBF already in 2011 for script and project development.

The IFFR crew in Venice is interested and involved in a wide range of the progamme.


5 – 15 September 2019

At this year’s TIFF, the IFFR supported films pop-up in every section of the Toronto programme. In the Contemporary World Cinema section A White, White Day by Hlynur Pálmason and Flatland by Jenna Bass are selected. Palmasons film, which was part of CineMart in 2018, was already selected in Cannes where it won the Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award. Whereas Flatland, supported in 2017 with an HBF minority co-production fund, had its world premiere at the 2019 Berlinale.

IFFR Films in Berlin

We were also already very present at this years Berlinale

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  • Monos by Alejandro Landes 

  • Martin Eden by Pietro Marcello 

  • A White, White Day by Hlynur Pálmason 

  • Flatland by Jenna Bass 

  • Pompéi by John Shank & Anna Falgueres

  • Cunningham by Alla Kovgan 

  • Fire Will Come by Oliver Laxe

  • The Fever by Maya Da-Rins

  • Jojo Rabbit by Taika Waititi

In the Discovery programme the duo directors John Shank & Anna Falgueres are screening Pompéi, their co-directional debut which was presented at CineMart in 2016. John Shank’s first feature L'hiver dernier followed the same route; presented in 2009 at CineMart and premiering in Toronto in 2011.

In the TIFF Docs section Cunningham by Alla Kovgan is selected. This creative documentary about choreographer Merce Cunningham was at CineMart in 2015.

Fire Will Come by Oliver Laxe, which won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize this year in Cannes, was presented at CineMart in 2017 as A Sun That Never Sets. Maya Da-Rins The Fever received HBF funding in 2015 and just won two awards in Locarno this August. Both films are part of the Wavelengths section.

In the Platform section, Martin Eden by Pietro Marcello will be the closing night film. Another Special Screening is Jojo Rabbit, the new feature by Taika Waititi.

In Toronto, the following IFFR delegation will be present

San Sebastian International Film Festival

20 to 28 September 2019

In the International Competition at San Sebastian Jose Luis Torres Leiva will screen his new film, Death Will Come and It Will Have Your Eyes. IFFR has a strong relationship with the filmmaker of which all previous features were supported by either CineMart or HBF. This film received script & project development support in 2016.
At the Horizontes Latinos section at the 67th SSIFF the festival favourite Monos by Alejandro Landes is screened. Landes’ second feature was part of CineMart in 2014, received HBF support in 2015, and already won 14 awards among which, the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award at Sundance.

Photo in header: White on White by Théo Court