Film entry: films eligible for submission
The answers to most of your questions can be found in our Rules and Regulations. Please read these carefully before submitting your film.
You can find the terms and conditions for participating in an upcoming edition of IFFR here.
Feature-length films (60 minutes or longer) of first or second time directors are eligible for the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition. The film should have its world, international or European premiere in Rotterdam. The selection of films that will compete is made by the programme committee.
Short films of less than 60 minutes are eligible for the Tiger Awards Competition. The film should preferably have its world, international or European premiere in Rotterdam. The selection of films that will compete is made by the programme committee.
A Dutch Premiere means the film hasn’t had a public screening in the Netherlands. For our purposes, a public screening is any screening that has taken place in the Netherlands before the festival. This does not include private cast and crew screenings.
Please note that the festival selects very few documentaries each year. We strongly prefer creative, author-driven documentaries. In our eyes, such creative documentaries take real-life subjects as their starting points but require substantial original writing and explore an author's and/or director's own point of view. Documentaries made especially for television are normally not considered for our festival.
We will not consider previously submitted work unless it has been considerably re-edited/re-shot. Please include a letter with detailed description of the alterations. Previously considered rough cuts submitted the previous year will usually not be considered the following year.
Student films (with the exception of post-graduate works) are excluded from submission.
Find the deadlines and eligibility criteria for IFFR 2023 film submissions.
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