New team lineup and structure

18 May 2022

IFFR in June © Jeroen Mooijman

We’ve just announced our new team lineup and structure ahead of our upcoming edition, which will take place from 25 January to 5 February 2023. Our film entry is open from 1 June.

Festival Director, Vanja Kaludjercic: 

“IFFR is completely unique – our team and our programme each year are testament to our commitment to bold and thought-provoking cinema – and we’re excited to be entering into a new chapter in our history. This year, we’ve had the challenging experience of looking at our organisation and asking difficult questions about how we become more inclusive and more sustainable for the decades to come – and as a result, have made some significant changes. Now we are looking forward to delivering IFFR 2023 and beyond through a revitalised team consisting of many of our existing programmers as well as adding new voices. We can’t wait to be back in person with audiences next year to present a lineup of surprising, challenging, and exciting cinema and visual arts.” 

  • The selection committee for features consists of former IFFR programmers Stefan Borsos (South and South-East Asia), Michelle Carey (English-speaking territories),  Evgeny Gusyatinskiy (Central and Eastern Europe, Israel), Mercedes Martínez-Abarca (South and Central America, Mexico, Caribbeans), Olaf Möller (German-speaking territories, Nordic countries, the Cinema Regained programme), Lyse Nsengiyumva (Sub-Saharan Africa), Olivier Pierre (French-speaking territories), and Delly Shirazi (Middle-East, Northern Africa, Iran, Turkey), former Shorts programmer Koen de Rooij (Netherlands, Flanders), and new hires Rebecca De Pas (Italy, Spain, Portugal), and Kristína Aschenbrennerova (South Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan).
  • The Shorts programme will be curated by the selection committee for shorts consisting of Rebecca De Pas, Cristina Kolozsváry-Kiss, Lyse NsengiyumvaIvan Ramljak, Koen de Rooij, and Leonie Woodfin.
  • Our Rotterdam dedicated programme RTM, which aims to encourage Rotterdam film talent development, becomes more central to our programming and is led by Ronny Theeuwes as Head of Year-round events, Talks & IFFR Unleashed.
  • The scouts for IFFR’s upcoming programme are Hiromi Aihara (Japan), Robert Gray (French-speaking territories), Wu Jueren (mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan), Ralph McKay (North America), Ivan Ramljak (Former Yugoslav countries), and Susana Santos Rodrigues (Latin America). 

IFFR also welcomes Bianca Taal as Head of HBF, Inke Van Loocke as Head of Pro, Charlie Vermeulen as Head of Programme Operations, Alessia Acone as Manager Pro, Sara Juricic as Manager Talent. Other posts include Barbara de Heer as Chief of Funding and Business Growth, Marije Stijkel as Chief of Operations, and Anne Wabeke as Head of Communications. Overall, six permanent roles in total were made redundant across the organisation as part of the restructure. 

Chairperson of the Supervisory Board, Korrie Louwes: “In 2020 we appointed new leadership, tasked with revitalising and strengthening IFFR’s position in the years to come. The impact of two years of Covid-19 has made this assignment even more urgent, and we are confident in the changes which have been made and excited for the future of this organisation.”

Managing Director, Marjan van der Haar: “We thank all the team members who contributed to IFFR’s rich legacy. We had two years severely impacted by the pandemic, after which we aligned the future plan and restructured the organisation to create a sustainable financial future. We are very grateful for the continued support of our partners in the past two years and the continued collaborations in the upcoming 52nd edition. These partnerships and the support from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Municipality of Rotterdam alongside IFFR’s new organisational structure, enable us to embark on planning IFFR 2023 in the healthiest financial conditions.”

IFFR’s festival strands consist of the Tiger Competition, Big Screen Competition, Tiger Shorts Competition, Bright Future, Harbour, Limelight, Cinema Regained, special programmes (retrospectives/thematic programmes), Shorts, and Art Directions. 

See the full team for IFFR 2023 here

Film submission

Our film entry for IFFR 2023 will open 1 June. 

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