Saturday 27 January

It’s the first Saturday at IFFR 2018. We welcome our professional talents at the official Kick Off (14:00, de Doelen, Jurriaanse Zaal) of the IFFR PRO Days. The 16 selected projects at CineMart and the returning nine of BoostNL will have their very own prep sessions while our 59 brand new “labbies” will attend the Rotterdam Lab speed dating session.

PRO HUB PANEL: AFTER UNIQUENESS
11:00-12:30 de Doelen PRO Hub, 4th Floor Free admission with PRO badge

The reproducibility of film and video is both a promise and a threat. Reproducibility offers the democratisation of access, but also raises the threat of un-authorised circulation and degraded forms of presentation. Erika Balsom (King’s College London) will deliver a keynote that will consider how this tension has played out in the distribution ecology of artists’ moving image. A panel will ponder when and why artists embrace copying and circulation, and when and why they turn to restriction and control.

  • With academic and writer Erika Balsom, Senior Curator International Art (Film), Andrea Lissoni (Tate/Vdrome), artist Aura Satz and distributor Hanna Maria Anttila (AV-arkki).
  • Moderated by Mark Williams (CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand).

IFFR PRESENTS HOUSE ON FIRE:PANEL TAMIL NADU FILMMAKERS
11:30-13:00 Hilton Le Jardin Free admission

Tamil Nadu cinema is unlike anything in the rest of India. The best of it is often driven by a sense of fear and anger, producing films that regularly test audiences in terms of poetics, violence, satire and political urgency. Two auteurs from very different backgrounds, Ram and Balaji Mohan, will explain to guest programmer and moderator Olaf Möller, and to Indian film researcher Stefan Borsos, the particular conditions for filmmaking in India’s southernmost state. They will address why something so seemingly local might have global significance and how the edgiest and brightest of Tamil cinema can be an example to filmmakers all over the world.

IFFR PRESENTS PACT: PANEL PAN AFRICA ARCHIVE
12:00-13:30 Hilton Rotterdam Free admission

An exploratory programme about the dynamics of archives and archival collections, introduced by Dr. Rhea L. Combs and Jon Goff from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Many musea and institutes with historic collections in Europe and the Americas are facing challenging questions about their place in modern society. How to tackle collections comprised of colonial, imperialist and racist objects and how to contextualise the power relations reflected in these? The programme will also focus on incorporating the differing needs and views of visitors and making the collections relevant to future generations. In collaboration with Smithsonian, BNG a.o.

PRO HUB PANEL: MAKE THE MOST OF THE FILM FESTIVAL
14:00-15:30 de Doelen PRO Hub, 4th Floor Free admission with PRO badge

Key professionals will share their experiences, insights and tips and tricks about how to use your time at IFFR in the most effective way. A chance for filmmakers to get their questions answered and for Industry pros to meet new talents.

  • With festival director Mark Adams (Edinburgh International Film Festival), sales agent Leslie Sausserau (MPM Premium), producer and distributor Paula Astorga (Circo 2.12), festival programmer Müge Demir (IFFR), filmmaker Felipe Gamarano Barbosa (Gabriel and the Mountain) and FIDLab Co-Head/ FID Marseille Programme Coordinator Fabienne Moris..
  • Moderated by Hayet Benkara.

IFFR X DDG: PACT WORKSHOP HAILE GERIMA
14:00-15:45 Hilton Le Jardin Ticket needed

Critically acclaimed and influential director, Haile Gerima is an independent filmmaker and professor of film at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Born and raised in Ethiopia, Gerima’s concern for people of African descent defines his oeuvre. The director will share his vision on the importance of independent cinematic expression as opposed to formulated conventions and stereotypes. He encourages oppressed voices to develop a visual and narrative language to express one’s personal and cultural sources and engage social change. Two of his iconographic films will screen in the PACT programme: Sankofa and Harvest 3000 Years. Part of IFFR’s PACT programme, in collaboration with the Dutch Directors Guild (DDG).

IFFR PRESENTS: THE TIGERS PART I
14:30-16:00 Hilton Rotterdam Free admission

IFFR festival director Bero Beyer will enter into conversation with four participants in the Hivos Tiger Competition. He will be joined by the directors of Djon África, Sultry, Nervous Translation and The Reports on Sarah and Saleem. These four filmmakers will speak freely about their sources of inspiration, struggles in filmmaking and the current film market. The audience will be given the chance to quiz our Tigers during the subsequent Q&A.

PRO HUB TRAINING: PITCH YOUR FILM TO SALES AND FESTIVALS – GAIN HANDS ON EXPERIENCE
16:00-18:00 de Doelen PRO Hub, 4th Floor Free admission with PRO badge

Get the lowdown on how to promote your film in an effective and simple way, learn how to develop and enhance your pitch and receive feedback from top professionals in a supportive and constructive environment.

  • With Pitching Trainer Marjorie Bendeck, Sydney Film Festival director Nashen Moodley, publicist Michael Arnon (Wolf), marketing specialist Karina Gechtman and sales agent Nathan Fischer (Stray Dogs).

BIG TALK: APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL
17:00-18:30 Hilton Le Jardin Ticket needed

Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s incredibly fertile career bears the mark of an artist who, whilst being politically and socially conscious, seamlessly creates a realm beyond the one immediately visible to the naked eye. In his films, Weerasethakul speaks to us through memories, flashes and fantasies. He devises energetic entities, and shows us how they flow through the fabric of collective consciousness over many generations in his native Thailand. His tools are never dogmatic, as he moves freely between different media and exhibition choices. In this interview, moderated by Volksbühne artistic director Chris Dercon, Apichatpong Weerasethakul will talk to us about his unique approach to his craft.

IFFR PRESENTS A HISTORY OF SHADOWS: FACING THE TIMES
17:30-19:00 Hilton Rotterdam Free admission

We are living in a period where past and future seem to matter ever less – it’s all about the now, the instant and consequently the obvious, the over-inflated and the ridiculous. Five filmmakers from a History of Shadows programme – Pablo Sigg (Lamaland), Fabrizio Ferraro (Les Unwanted de Europa), Giovanni Donfrancesco (Il risoluto), Narimane Mari (Le fort de fous) and Dominik Graf (Der rote Schatten) – will embark upon a wide-ranging discussion to examine where to find what the consensus keeps quiet. Film curator and critic Olaf Möller will guide this discussion that revolves around the question: how do we de-victimise those who are negatively impacted by history, and how do we make time matter again?