Soaring numbers at 49th IFFR

With the screening of Marielle Heller’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and the IFFR Volkskrantdag on 2 February 2020, International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) closed off its 49th edition. The festival’s 574 films, including 145 world premieres, were curated within four sections: Bright Future, Voices, Deep Focus and Perspectives. The Art Directions and Talks & Masterclasses programmes gave extra depth to the festival lineup. IFFR welcomed 2691 film professionals from 89 different countries, including 346 filmmakers.

Outgoing festival director Bero Beyer: “This edition of IFFR has been a dream, and an amazing finale to my five years as festival director. Once again Rotterdam was the place where emerging talent – such as Tiger Award winner Zheng Lu Xinyuan with The Cloud in Her Room – and legendary filmmakers came together to create a truly unique celebration of cinema.”

Managing director Marjan van der Haar: “It was a joy to see the city teeming with film lovers: enthusiastic audience members, school kids and industry professionals alike. Exceeding all expectations, we counted 340,000 visits this year, an increase of 13,000 compared to last year. This includes over 28,000 visits in the context of education. I want to thank our partners for making this festival possible.”

New festival director Vanja Kaludjercic: “My festival experience has been wonderful and productive in equal parts. The first preparations for IFFR’s festive 50th edition have already been set in motion. I look forward to realising our many plans for next year together with our brilliant team.”

Facts and figures


273 feature films (65 world premieres, 43 international premieres and 17 European premieres)
301 short and mid-length films (80 world premieres, 21 festival world premieres, 46 international premieres, 14 European premieres)
37 Talks & Masterclasses open to the public
84 out of 203 films eligible for the BankGiro Loterij Audience Award scored an audience rating of four out of five or higher

Art Directions
21 art installations
13 performances

2691 guests from the film industry
346 filmmakers
670 CineMart guests
354 journalists (101 Dutch journalists and 253 international journalists)

Over 28,000 visits by school children, students and teachers.

IFFR 2021
The 50th edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam will take place from 27 January to 7 February 2021.