It's another online edition of Rotterdam Lab! Although we had hoped to meet together in person once again, we quickly adapted to the new circumstances to put together a meaningful programme to connect with emerging producers from across the world. This year, the second online edition of Rotterdam Lab welcomes 73 up-and-coming producers looking to broaden their networks and learn vital skills and practices. The lineup includes participants from 37 countries and features a strong female presence, with 46 women out of the total of 73.
Participants were selected and nominated by our IFFR Pro partners, of which we have 73 located across the globe – 46 of these sent us Lab participants. We are happy to welcome back the National Film Development Corporation of India and the Israel Film Fund, whilst also celebrating new collaborators and partners including the Beirut Cinema Platform, the Documentary Association of Pakistan, Film Fund Luxembourg, Great Lakes Creative Producers Lab and Yayasan Cipta Citra Indonesia.
Rotterdam Lab kicks off with a combined and double opening session on Monday 24 January, beginning with a discussion of new leadership in the film industry, followed by a pitching masterclass given by Ido Abram, director of SEE NL, the Netherlands film promotion body. The mid-week programme will include a co-production case study with the team of IFFR 2022 film Clara Sola. Producer Nima Yousefi and filmmaker Nathalie Álvarez will discuss with filmmaker and industry expert David Pope the production journey of this Hubert Bals Fund-supported title.