How to fest at IFFR 2023

24 January 2023

IFFR 2023


How to fest at IFFR 2023

24 January 2023

We are more than excited to be back on the face of Rotterdam for IFFR 2023. In the last few weeks, we have been releasing the titles for our programme and the time is finally here to start getting ready for the festival. Be sure not to miss out on the perfect film for you or an important festival update by following these tips. Enjoy our special events and special edition merchandise to make the most of your festival experience.

Review the programme and find films you love 

For this 52nd edition of IFFR, we will screen over 600 films. We have carefully curated this selection of intriguing, moving, and diverse films for everyone but don’t be overwhelmed! We have tools to help you navigate the programme and find the perfect film for you. A printed copy of the programme was also distributed in the Volkskrant on Jan 18, and will be distributed in different locations across the Netherlands, Rotterdam, and at our festival locations


Before you start browsing the programme, we recommend you create an account on (if you don’t have one already). There, you can add favourites from the programme or the IFFR Film Finder and quickly access the films that you find interesting.

The IFFR Film Finder

With the Film Finder, you can discover the films that best suit you. Watch film trailers and rate the ones you like. The more films you rate, the more personal your suggestions. 


When browsing the programme on our website, be sure to use our filters to see the selection for our competitions, awards, or IFFR programmes such as RTM, Harbour, Limelight, Bright Future, Cinema Regained, and Short & Mid-length. You can also search our Art Directions programme including Installation, Immersive Media, and sound//vision, or the Focus programmes on Stanya Kahn, Yuasa Masaaki, Judit Elek, arc, and The Shape of Things to Come.


At IFFR, we’re lucky enough to have partners who love cinema as much as we do. See our Partner Tips blogs with all the highlights from CJP, Cineville, We Are Public, and VPRO — and learn about their discounts.

Get festival ready!

Get your tickets

Tips for Ticket Sales

Ticket sale for IFFR 2023 is online via our website. During the festival there will not be a box-office at every location this year. At ‘de Doelen’ and LantarenVenster there is a ticket support desk for those that have challenges buying tickets online. At the other screening locations there is a servicepoint where volunteers can help you to buy  your online tickets

Regular: €12

Short and Mid-Length: €9

On Demand €8,50

Talks €9/€6

Read more about our discounts and deals


Not only does an account makes it easier to remember your programme preferences; with an account, you can create your personal Agenda with screenings of all your favourited films.


Have the IFFR 2023 programme at your fingertips, and dive into interviews and the latest news on your smartphone. During the festival, the app also features the IFFR Film Finder – a tool to help you discover your best-matched films. Make sure to turn on our push notifications to stay up to date with festival news and receive our film tips of the day. 

Follow the link to download

Tiger Alerts and social media

Sign up for our newsletters to stay up to date. You’ll receive regular updates whether you are an IFFR visitor, film professional, festival benefactor, or you like to watch films online.

Sign up for the Tiger Alert

Follow us on social media to stay in the loop. We will share about last minute updates, must see screenings, special events, giveaways and discounts, BTS content, and so much more. Find our handles below: 

Instagram @IFFR

TikTok @IFFRTikTok

Twitter @IFFR

Facebook & Youtube @IFFRotterdam


Be sure to check out our IFFR merchandise available for purchase via our webshop and physical locations throughout the festival. We currently have available special merchandise featuring our visual campaign for the 52nd edition of the festival. See the opening time for the physical merchandise stalls here

Enjoy all sides of the festival 

Dudok Rotterdam

Need a spot to meet friends also visiting IFFR? Stop by the iconic Dudok (Meent 88) which is dressed-up in IFFR campaign style throughout the festival period. There you can find cartoon tigers jumping out from the ceiling, as well as our special edition Kaapse Brouwers beer, and ‘Tiger snacks’ which you can order from the menu, available at Dudok during the festival period. 

There is also a breakfast deal available at Dudok; ticket holders ordering food at Dudok can get a free coffee by showing their IFFR film screening ticket before 12:00. We also offer a breakfast deal with Heilige Boontjes where IFFR ticket holders can get a hot drink and a cake for €7.50.

Kids & family

There are a number of events during IFFR that are suitable for kids and family:

 Young people and young adults

Are you younger than 23? Then you are eligible for a discount on your IFFR 2023 tickets. Feature films cost €8 instead of €12. And instead of €9, you will pay €5 for a shorts compilation or mid-length film.

Read more about our under 23 discount

Students receive a discount of €4 on all films of the regular and shorts & mid-length programmes. This means that students only have to pay €8 and €5 respectively. For IFFR Specials like the Opening Film, the Closing Party and much more, you can enjoy discounts as a student as well. 

Read more about our student discount

Club IFFR & The Closing Party @ ‘de Doelen’

See the full programme for Club IFFR taking place at Theatre Rotterdam Schouwburg on both weekends of the festival: Friday 27 and Saturday 28, as well as Friday 3 and Saturday 4 Feb. Entry is free with a film ticket. 

But that’s not the only party you can attend during IFFR, the Closing Party at ‘de Doelen’ is not to be missed. Once the end titles of the final film have rolled, film freaks, music lovers, party animals and other Rotterdammers will be treated to such old classics as Silent Disco, photo booths and of course the famous gin & tonics. 

Special Screenings

At IFFR, we don’t just show films. We have a number of special events that give your film screening a fun twist, such as the Blind Date and Surprise screenings, the Vriendenloterij Instant Favourite, or the book launch with Judit Elek.

See all of our Festival Specials