Rotterdam Lab

Besides the presentation of projects at its co-production market, CineMart organises Rotterdam Lab, a training workshop for promising emerging producers from all over the world. The aim of Rotterdam Lab is to provide emerging professionals with the means to build and develop an international network. Providing confidence and skills to navigate the world of international film financing, sales and distribution, Rotterdam Lab offers a place to over 69 producers from over 31 countries.

The 2021 participants will be announced in January 2021

Over the past few years, Rotterdam Lab has expanded steadily, with more producers from more different regions participating each year. The results of the Rotterdam Lab programme have been spectacular: many selected producers have returned to CineMart, and films by former Rotterdam Lab participants have been selected for different sections in the programme of IFFR. Moreover, by bringing together a mix of producers from all around the world, the Rotterdam Lab has also generated many alluring international co-productions.

IFFR Pro shares its extended international network with sales agents, distributors, filmmakers, producers and other film industry professionals with Rotterdam Lab. It has built up many strategic alliances over these past years with training organisations, funding bodies, film agencies, festivals and markets in order to be able to support the Rotterdam Lab participants throughout the year and not just during the programme.

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. An overview of the partners can be found below.
We would like to emphasise that IFFR Pro does not nominate participants; only the Rotterdam Lab partners do.

Rotterdam Lab programme

The five-day programme consists of expert individual advice, a lot of (informal) networking opportunities, panels and presentations moderated and held by our experienced Industry delegates. David Pope is the advisor of the Rotterdam Lab programme and moderates all activities during the training workshop.

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  • Alessia Acone

    Rotterdam Lab Coordinator

  • Inke van Loocke

    IFFR Pro, CineMart & Rotterdam Lab Manager

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