What not to miss

21 January 2020

Events to make your festival experience even more memorable

The festival has so much more to offer besides the many screenings at the Rotterdam cinemas. There are specials, live music performances, talks, masterclasses, exhibits and other unmissable events that will make your festival experience even more memorable. Here are some suggestions.

RTM – Focus on Rotterdam
Rotterdam camera-shy? Not today, when RTM steals the show on all screens at LantarenVenster, with new films, classics, talks and more. The spotlight will be on Rotterdam icons such as filmmaker Bob Visser and poet Jules Deelder. You can also enjoy an exclusive preview of Feyenoord documentary We hebben ’m!!, while Gyz La Rivière's New Neapolis gets its world premiere.

CJP | IFFR in One Day
CJP | IFFR in One Day features unmissable festival films at the Oude Luxor Theater to ensure an excellent day brimming with film. Expect brand new films, Q&As with filmmakers and of course our famous get-together with beer and (vegetarian) 'bitterballen'. Exclusively curated for CJP members, by IFFR and CJP. The programme features EmaLes misérables and the pre-release screening of Paradise Drifters. The day will be moderated by curator and presenter Stephanie Afrifa.

Are you next?
A special IFFR film night for Next Film Patrons, a club of young film fans and festival benefactors. You will be treated to the wacky horror comedy Boyz in the Wood, the dazzling feature film debut by music video director Ninian Doff. The night will be capped off with an excellent party. For more information, visit

A Taste of IFFR
Perfect for film fans who want to enjoy the festival at ease. Enjoy two beautiful, remarkable films with a tasty lunch in between. No stress – only festival. We select the films while Jordy's Bakery serves a lunch of soup with a sandwich at 'de Doelen'. See the daily programme here.

IFFR Instant Favourite
A surprise film you will definitely enjoy. This film will be chosen from the BankGiro Loterij Publieksprijs top 10, so it will be a sure-fire festival hit. We cannot yet tell you which film will be screened – this is for the public to decide.

Parasite (B&W version)
Parasite is the film hit of 2019: Golden Palm winner in Cannes, number 1 of countless year-end lists and now also tipped as Oscar winner. South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon Ho crafted this fantastic, cross-genre story about a poor Korean family that infiltrates the life of a wealthy household. Ever since his debut film Barking Dogs Never Bite, Bong (also responsible for Memories of MurderSnowpiercer and Okja) has delivered festival favourites. He will attend the festival and bring a special black-and-white version of Parasite for IFFR. He will also discuss his work in a masterclass.

Crash with Live Score by Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra 
The soundtrack of cult classic Crash (1996) is one of the highlights of the long-term cooperation between award-winning composer Howard Shore and filmmaker David Cronenberg. IFFR presents an exclusive screening of Crash at 'de Doelen’ with a live score by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. The ominous soundtrack accompanies the story – based on a novel by J.G. Ballard – of a group of people who are sexually aroused by car crashes. Howard Shore composed the scores for almost all of Cronenberg’s films, along with soundtracks for films of Martin Scorsese, David Fincher and Jonathan Demme. Perhaps his most famous work is the epic score for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which was awarded with an Oscar.

Closing Film: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
The festival will end on a positive note. Tom Hanks is the American puppeteer and TV presenter who made a popular kids show for more than 30 years. When a cynical journalist (played by Matthew Rhys) writes a profile of this child hero, he does not remain unmoved. After the screening, IFFR 2020 will conclude with a spectacular party at 'de Doelen’, with DJs, live music and acts.

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