IFFR Sessions

New for our 49th festival edition. IFFR Sessions is a series of discursive ‘sessions’ in which selected participants will take part in workshops designed for discussion and learning.

Taking place daily over the first weekend of IFFR 2020 (23–27 January), and hosted by our location partner Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, IFFR Sessions promise to offer a platform for discussion, time and space for reflection and a laboratory for critical engagement. Each morning, IFFR will invite a professional (artist/filmmaker, curator or writer) to lead a three-hour session involving a presentation and screening, specially put together and solely for the group, followed by a discussion.

For the upcoming festival, IFFR Sessions will be held around the theme Collectivity. Celebrating the spirit of collective discussion and action, the sessions will explore alternatives to the cult of personality and explore the possibility of collaboration outside of hierarchical relations. The theme will resonate with aspects of IFFR’s programme in 2020.

The sessions will be moderated by curator and writer Rachael Rakes, Programmer at Large for Film at Lincoln Center, where she co-curates the annual festival Art of the Real, and Editor at Large for Verso Books. Until recently she was Head Curator and Manager of the Curatorial Programme at De Appel, Amsterdam.

Find out more about the five professionals invited to lead the individual sessions, selected by IFFR programmers and Rachael Rakes, here.

Read the IFFR Sessions 2020 report

How to join IFFR Sessions?

Please note: applications for participation are closed.

If you’re interested in participating, please apply with the following by 31 October (extended deadline).

  • Self-introduction
  • Short CV
  • Letter of motivation explaining why you are interested in participating and what you think you could contribute

The fee is € 400, with which you will receive:

  • An IFFR festival badge
  • Exclusive film screenings and presentations for five mornings
  • Group discussions and workshops
  • An invitation to our IFFR Sessions opening dinner and closing drinks

The number of participants is limited to 20, and they will be chosen by a selection committee. There is no age limit but young and/or early career applicants will be prioritised. Included in the fee is an allowance, up to 150 euros, for travel and accommodation costs.

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