Press Releases


10 January 2017: IFFR announces selection for Big Screen Competition 2017

Films competing for the award include: Chez nous, the highly current election drama by Lucas Belvaux (38 Témoins), as well as the intelligent, poignant Marjorie Prime by Tiger Award jury member Michael Almereyda. [read more...][download pdf]

6 January 2017: IFFR 2017 to open with Lemon

The American film Lemon by Janicza Bravo will open the 46th IFFR on 25 January. Janicza Bravo’s impressive debut is a witty, no-holds-barred portrait of a likeable failure, with co-writer Brett Gelman [read more...][download pdf]

4 January 2017: IFFR announces complete Bright Future selection

IFFR announces the full line-up of its Bright Future programme, including the titles that will compete for the Bright Future Award. From this edition of IFFR on, Impact Cinema has adopted this award [read more...][download pdf]

3 January 2017: IFFR announces nominees and jury Hivos Tiger Competition 2017

IFFR unveils the full line up for the Hivos Tiger Competition 2017. This includes world premieres of new feature films by up and coming directors Niles Atallah, Pedro Aguilera and Hagar Ben Ashar, as well as [read more...][download pdf]


30 December 2016: IFFR announces first Deep Focus titles 

In Deep Focus – one of the festival’s four programme sections – IFFR focuses in on cinema itself, in all its diversity, through retrospectives, masterclasses, compilations and countless other manifestations. [read more...][download pdf]

29 December 2016: IFFR presents theme for 2017. 

The Perspectives section will examine polarisation and fault lines in contemporary society. Every year IFFR examines relevant societal themes with films, debates, special guests and side programmes. [read more...][download pdf]

28 December 2016: IFFR announces first Voices titles

In Voices – one of the festival’s four programme sections – IFFR shows films driven by their story or theme, many of which are by established directors with a distinct, assured voice. [read more...][download pdf]

20 December 2016: IFFR presents Short Film programme 2017

23 films confirmed for Tiger Competition for Short Films. As a central part of IFFR 2017, IFFR Short Film is a unique showcase of artists’ moving image and experimental film for works under 60 minutes. [read more...][download pdf]

19 December 2016: Koning Willem-Alexander te gast op IFFR bij wereldpremière Double Play

Zijne Majesteit de Koning woont vrijdagavond 27 januari tijdens IFFR de wereldpremière bij van Double Play. Het is de verfilming van de roman Dubbelspel van de Curaçaose schrijver Frank Martinus Arion [lees meer...][download pdf]

16 December 2016: IFFR announces the first Bright Future titles

IFFR has announced the first titles selected for the Bright Future programme, one of the four sections the festival programme consists of. Bright Future focuses on up-and-coming filmmakers [read more...][download pdf]

14 December 2016: Third edition of IFFR Live extends beyond Europe

IFFR LIVE 2017 presents film events from Rotterdam to Singapore. For the third time, International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) presents the exciting live cinema experience IFFR Live. [read more...][download pdf

12 December 2016: CineMart 2017 selection announced

26 promising projects will be presented at the 34th edition of the co-production market in Rotterdam. IFFR's co-production market CineMart has completed its line-up for the upcoming 2017 edition. [read more...][download pdf]

8 December 2016: Major film industry players team up to propel the film industry into the future

Copenhagen International Documentary Festival (CPH:DOX), Berlinale’s European Film Market (EFM), Cinemathon and IFFR are proud to announce the launch of the Propellor Film Tech Hub. [read more...][download pdf]

29 November 2016: Welcome to Planet IFFR

The campaign for the 46th International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2017 is ‘Welcome to Planet IFFR’. It is the ninth time Rotterdam-based design agency 75B has created the campaign for IFFR. [read more...][download pdf]

24 November 2016: World premiere of Ernest Dickerson’s Double Play at IFFR 2017

After the Caribbean bestseller Double Play by Frank Martinus Arion. On Friday 27 January 2017, IFFR will present the festive world premiere of Double Play with the cast and crew in attendance. [read more...][download pdf

16 November 2016: IFFR confirms first film titles of 46th edition

Gearing up for its 46th edition, IFFR is delighted to announce its first titles. This first selection, drawn from new talent and familiar names from all over the world, gives a hint of what once again promises to be a rich, diverse programme. [read more...][download pdf]

10 November 2016: Three international coproductions supported by NFF+HBF

Film projects by three Dutch producers have been selected for the NFF+HBF coproduction scheme. Circe Films, Rinkel Film and Viking Film will each receive a contribution of €50,000 from the Netherlands Film Fund towards the realisation... [read more...][download pdf]

28 October 2016: IFFR and VR Days Europe join forces

IFFR and VR Days Europe are pleased to announce their first cooperative venture. In a rapidly changing media landscape in which film and technology are increasingly converging, both parties hope this will stimulate new forms of visual experience. [read more...][download pdf

10 October 2016: IFFR and Rotterdam, I Love You enter into partnership

IFFR has entered into a partnership with the international film project and urban movement Rotterdam, I Love You. The parties will join forces in the creative development of the project, which aims to stimulate the film sector in Rotterdam... [read more...][download pdf

23 September 2016: First edition of Rotterdam Xpanded a success

Last summer, leading Rotterdam arts institutions IFFR, Kunsthal Rotterdam and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presented a multidisciplinary programme featuring exceptional films and exhibitions by
internationally renowned artists in and around Rotterdam’s Museumpark. [read more...][download pdf]

12 September 2016: IFFR presents reinforced team at TIFF

Gearing up for the 46th edition of IFFR with an ongoing focus on championing auteur films, celebrating innovative cinematic art and bringing this to a broad audience, festival director Bero Beyer presented the festival's renewed and reinforced team [read more...][download pdf]

18 August 2016: HFM/CineMart combine for greater Boost

Six international and five Dutch projects in development, as well as three worksinprogress, have been selected for the first BoostNL programme that kicks off at the Netherlands Film Festival’s Holland Film Meeting in Utrecht [read more...][download pdf]

4 July 2016: IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund announces its HBF+Europe Minority Coproduction Supportselection

The Hubert Bals Fund of International Film Festival Rotterdam selects four projects for its new HBF+Europe Minority Coproduction Support scheme, represented by coproducers from Greece, France and the Netherlands. [read more...][download pdf]

1 July 2016: Large retrospective Jan Němec at IFFR 2017

The 46th International Film Festival Rotterdam (January 25 February 5 2017) will pay special tribute to Czech filmmaker Jan Němec (1936-2016) with an extensive retrospective of his work. One of the pioneers of the Czech New Wave in the 1960s and a key figure in Eastern European avantgarde cinema [read more...][download pdf]

8 June 2016: Rotterdam Xpanded boosting your art experience

This summer, International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), Kunsthal Rotterdam and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen join forces for Rotterdam Xpanded. From 18 June through 18 September 2016 these three leading art institutes present a multidisciplinary programme in and around the Museumpark [read more...][download pdf]

17 May 2016: CineMart & Holland Film Meeting launch BoostNL

Cannes 2016 sees the launch of BoostNL, a new initiative of Dutch coproduction markets CineMart and the Holland Film Meeting (HFM). The collaboration will maximise market support for international feature projects that have already been presented at CineMart [read more...][download pdf]

13 May 2016: HBF Spring Selection 2016

Hubert Bals Fund announces its lineup for script development and NFF+HBF selection. The 9 promising film plans are from 7 different countries across Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. [read more...][download pdf]

7 February 2016: IFFR 2016 closes with symphonic film spectacle

The 45th edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) closed this weekend with an exclusive screening of The Childhood of a Leader accompanied by a live symphonic score. [read more...][download pdf]

5 February 2016: IFFR 2016: Awards announced

This evening, the IFFR 2016 Awards Ceremony was held at IFFR’s main venue ‘de Doelen’. The winner of the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition is Radio Dreams by Babak Jalali. [read more...][download pdf]

31 january 2016: IFFR announces recipients of the canon tiger awards for short films 2016

The jury for the Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films announced Dream English Kid 1964-1999 AD by Mark Leckey, Faux depart/False Start by Yto Barrada and Engram of Returning by Daïchi Saïto as the winners of the Canon Tiger Awards for Short Films 2016. [read more...][download pdf]

20 January 2016: Programme IFFR 2016: world premieres and filmmakers 

During the 45th edition of IFFR 30 European premieres, 73 international premieres and 106 world premieres will take place. More than 260 filmmakers from 50 countries will be visiting the festival and 477 different films will be screened. [read more...][download pdf

20 January 2016: IFFR 2016 revamps awards and Awards Ceremony

From the 45th edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam all the awards that can be won at the festival, will be presented at the revamped Awards Ceremony. [read more...][download pdf]

7 January 2016: IFFR welcomes 61 emerging producers to Rotterdam Lab

International Film Festival Rotterdam will welcome 61 promising emerging film producers from 26 countries to the 16th edition of Rotterdam Lab. [read more...][download pdf]


24 December 2015: Spectacular Closing IFFR 2016: The Childhood of a Leader 

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) closes its 45th edition on Saturday 6 February with a screening of The Childhood of a Leader. [read more...][download pdf]

23 December 2015: ID Check: umbrella theme for upcoming IFFR

Every year, International Film Festival Rotterdam devotes attention to significant social and current themes through its films, debates, special guests and sidebar programming. [read more...][download pdf]

22 December 2015: Beyond Sleep: opening film IFFR 2016

International coproduction based on the classic Dutch novel Nooit meer slapen to kick off upcoming festival. [read more...][download pdf]

21 December 2015: IFFR presents: This Is Where Reconstruction Starts

The theme for the city of Rotterdam in 2016 is Rotterdam Celebrates the City! Inspired by 75 years of reconstruction, we will be celebrating the city we know today and looking to the future. [read more...][download pdf]

17 December 2015: Please Welcome: Line-up IFFR Live 2016

Unique international live cinema event enters second year with five films in more than forty cinemas. [read more...][download pdf]

14 December 2015: New Bright Future Award to Celebrate Outstanding Talent 

From the coming edition onward, filmmakers presenting films in the main and thematic programme of International Film Festival Rotterdam’s section Bright Future, will be celebrated with a new award: the Bright Future Award. [read more...][download pdf]

10 December 2015: CineMart completes line-up for 33rd edition

International Film Festival Rotterdam’s (IFFR) co-production market CineMart has completed its line-up for the upcoming 2016 edition. [read more...][download pdf]

2 December 2015: Please welcome… Campaign design International Film Festival Rotterdam 2016

The campaign for International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in 2016 will focus on ‘introduction’ [read more...][download pdf]

26 November 2015: Hubert Bals Fund announces Fall 2015 and second round NFF+HBF selections

The Hubert Bals Fund of International Film Festival Rotterdam has selected fourteen film projects from countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East to receive grants in the categories HBF Script & Project Development and HBF Postproduction, totalling € 175,000. [read more...][download pdf]

12 November 2015: International Film Festival Rotterdam creates four sections of film experience 

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has grouped its various programme elements and created four new programme sections. [read more...][download pdf]