Tiger Teaser #1: art, film, or both?

Invariably, the anticipation for the upcoming IFFR edition starts early november. A little while ago we already announced the very first fifteen films for IFFR 2018, and starting today, it’s Tiger Teaser Thursday every week! Every time we reveal a part of the festival programme. And because we’ve always been a little quirky, we start off this year’s series of Tiger Teasers with art.

Art has always played a prominent role in our programme. Besides various separate exhibitions, art transects the entire festival. And who has ever visited MASH-UP! knows that we always search to engage in cooperation on the art front. Through collaborations with the art world and many unexpected exhibitions and performances throughout the festival, we embrace art in more ways than one. Furthermore, we intensify our ties to the art world with our new art scheme Frameworks.

Art Directions

During the upcoming festival we break the boundaries between film and art by complementing our exciting film programme with a cutting-edge arts programme entitled Art Directions. As festival director Bero Beyer points out: “The increasingly blurry line between art and film doesn’t scare us. Being confused is part of the fun!”

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The increasingly blurry line between art and film doesn’t scare us. Being confused is part of the fun!” – Festival director Bero Beyer

From the moment of arrival at Rotterdam Central Station, visitors can already experience the cross-over of art and film during IFFR 2018. In a special film booth jointly installed by IFFR and the Art Rotterdam Week you can watch a continuing sequence of the audiovisual work Plot Point by Nicolas Provost. From there on out, the Art Directions trajectory functions as a guide leading you along the many art institutions IFFR has partnerships with, including V2_,TENT, LP2, Boijmans, Nederlands Fotomuseum and Het Nieuwe Instituut.

  • Plot Point (Nicolas Provost, IFFR 2008)

Both in and outside of these venues we will feature several new video installations by renowned artists. In the multi-screen Journey to Russia (1989-2017), Italian artists Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi attempt recover the history of the Russian avant-garde of the 1920s and 1930s, and with the international premiere of Realism (2017), thought-provoking Polish artist Artur Zmijewski challenges our conceptions of disability. Zmijewski will receive even more time in the spotlights as IFFR 2018 will feature a comprehensive retrospective of his films from the 1990s until now.


With Frameworks, we intensify our ties to the art world. From 2018 onwards, we will annually invite two renowned visual artists to propose several emerging talents deserving of a larger audience. A jury will then select two Grant Award Winners (referred to as ‘Acolytes’), who will each receive a grant of €10,000 to finish a single-screen audio-visual artwork which will premiere at IFFR.

This year’s Acolytes were put forward by Thai visual artist and Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesCemetery of Splendour) and Chilean conceptual artist Alfredo Jaar (Sound of Silence). Respectively, they nominated Grant Award Winners Pathompon Tesprateep (EndlessNameless), a Bangkok-based filmmaker, and Grada Kilomba, a Berlin-based interdisciplinary artist whose solo exhibition Secrets to Tell is currently on display at MAAT, Lisbon. Both emerging artists will present their new work in Rotterdam.

  • Pathompon Tesprateep

  • Grada Kilomba

Frameworks makes the implicit dialogue between artists explicit through public talks and presentations during the festival. Each edition will also seek to bring together visual artists, filmmakers, producers, distributors, critics, funds, foundations and collectors to discuss the intersection of film and visual arts.

Photo in header: Still by Artur Żmijewski