Rotterdam Lab

Rotterdam Lab is a training workshop for producers at the start of their career, with the aim of offering emerging international professionals the means to build and develop their network. Providing confidence and skills to navigate the world of international film financing, sales and distribution, Rotterdam Lab annually hosts more than 70 producers from across the world during the IFFR Pro Days.

Who can participate?

In order to take part in Rotterdam Lab, it is necessary to be affiliated with one of IFFR Pro's partner organisations. This means that instead of having an open selection participants are nominated through these partners. The participants for Rotterdam Lab are emerging producers, who should have produced at least one or two short films, and not more than two feature films. These conditions are set to make sure that the level of the group is balanced and that the producers are more or less in the same stage of building their career. 

There is no open call for applications for Rotterdam Lab. IFFR Pro does not select participants – only the Rotterdam Lab partners do.

Rotterdam Lab programme

The programme consists of panels and presentations moderated and held by our experienced industry delegates, as well as individual advice and expertise from IFFR Pro's extended international network of sales agents, distributors, filmmakers, producers and other film industry professionals. At the heart of Rotterdam Lab is the opportunity for informal networking opportunities between the attending producers that create lasting connections and networks. David Pope is the advisor of the Rotterdam Lab programme and moderates all activities during the training workshop.

Read about the 2023 programme


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