RTM Pitch

Rotterdam filmmakers: For the fourth edition of RTM Pitch, we’re inviting you to submit your plan for a short film that connects with the spirit of IFFR. Our RTM Pitch winner will receive an amount of € 20,000 for the creation of a film between 5 and 20 minutes long, and will be guided and supported by an experienced film producer. The winning film will premiere at IFFR 2024, as part of the RTM programme.

About RTM

RTM Pitch is part of IFFR's programme dedicated to Rotterdam, in which films and their makers from the Maasstad take centre stage. During the RTM programme, all the screening rooms at LantarenVenster are filled with new short-length and feature films, Rotterdam classics, events, talks, audiovisual art, video clips and installations. Next to that RTM focusses on exchanging cinematic knowledge and experiences amongst Rotterdam filmmakers. 

How to participate

Submit your film plan from 27 January through the application form on this page. 

Please include a description of your story, where it takes place, and information about yourself and your team. You may also add supporting images or previous work as an attachment. Would you prefer to submit a video? Please do! Introduce yourself and your idea for your film in a maximum of three minutes. You can paste the link to your video (Vimeo or YouTube) in the field at the bottom of the form.

A jury of Rotterdam film experts and programmers from IFFR's Short & Mid-length Film programme will evaluate the entries. We’ll then be in touch with our winner who will receive advice and coaching from an experienced producer during the development and production of the film project.

Deadline: Monday, 3 April 2023

Selection criteria 

  • You are a talented filmmaker, 18 years old or older (starting or established)
  • You live and work in the Rotterdam region
  • The city of Rotterdam plays a leading role in the setting of your film, regardless of which district
  • You are able to put together your own team and work with your own producer who will will be responsible for the film’s budget
  • Your film addresses a current or social theme and fits the spirit of IFFR
  • Your film plan is original and innovative in form and content 

Additional information

  • Depending of the needs of the selected project coaching will be offered for a maximum of ten half-days, up until the film's premiere
  • The language is not bound to Dutch or English and you can work with subtitles
  • You can also submit your plan in English if your are a foreign student or filmmaker living in the Rotterdam region 
  • You can and we strongly advise to source extra funding for the film yourself 
  • If you want your film to be considered for the other IFFR programmes outside of RTM, your film should be submitted before the general festival submission deadline set at the end of September. Standard terms and conditions for festival submissions apply

RTM Pitch

RTM Pitch

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