RTM Pitch

The RTM Pitch offers you – talented, Rotterdam-based filmmakers – the opportunity to submit a plan for a short film that reflects the IFFR DNA. The pitch winner will receive €20,000 with which to make a short film of between 5 and 20 minutes in 2020. If your plan wins, you will be coached during the making of this film by an experienced Rotterdam-based film producer. In January 2021, your film will premiere at the special anniversary edition of IFFR, at the RTM stage at the revamped Ahoy venue.

About RTM

The RTM Pitch is part of RTM: IFFR’s Rotterdam programming, which puts Rotterdam-based filmmakers in the spotlight. For a whole day, the screens and spaces in the LantarenVenster cinema will be filled with fresh, new short and feature-length films, Rotterdam classics, events, talks, audio-visual experiments, video clips and installations – all related to the huge array of film talent Rotterdam has to offer. That means you!

How to take part

Submit your film plan accompanied by a synopsis, logline, statement of motivation and realisation plan, including budget. We would also like to see supporting visuals or examples of your previous work. An independent jury made up of two Rotterdam-based (film) experts and an IFFR programmer will judge the film plans submitted. The winning plan will receive support and coaching, right up to the premiere, from an experienced, Rotterdam-based producer throughout the development and realisation of the film project.

You can submit your film plan starting from 24 January. The deadline for the submission of film plans is 5 April. The winner will be announced on 1 June. You will find the registration form at the bottom of this page.

Selection criteria

  • You are a talented filmmaker aged 18 or older and you live and work in Rotterdam. Although we love to discover new talent, established makers are not excluded from participation; 
  • You will put together your own film crew and will work with an independent producer. The coach, assigned to you by IFFR, is available for ten days during the making process until the day of your premiere; 
  • In the selection, account will be taken of the innovative aspects of the short film in terms of form and content (originality and innovative visual language);
  • The content of your film must be of contemporary relevance, tackle social themes and fit the festival’s profile. The language spoken is not an issue (subtitling is possible);
  • The City of Rotterdam plays a major role in the backdrop to the film, irrespective of district or neighbourhood;
  • You can clearly formulate and state the underlying motivations for your film plan. As a foreign student or filmmaker living in Rotterdam, you may submit your plan in English.