The films that are presented in Voices are driven by their powerful stories, their distinct characters, their captivating subjects and important themes. Each film brings a distinct viewpoint on the world we live in, told by filmmakers with a confident voice. The section includes:

Big Screen Competition

Brand new films and an audience jury.

Suntan ok

The VPRO Big Screen Award promotes the distribution of art-house cinema in the Netherlands. Eight new films are presented to an audience jury of five enthusiast film lovers, who will choose a winner they wholeheartedly recommend to the general art-house audience. This film will receive a guaranteed theatrical release in the Netherlands. For films like Nicolette Krebitz’ Wild, Argyris Papadimitropoulo’s Suntan-and Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship, the VPRO Big Screen Award marked the successful start of their international run.

Voices Main Programme

A harvest of important features from filmmakers with a confident voice.


Voices selects about twenty-five films from all corners of the world: well-known as well as new filmmakers present their personal take on the human condition. 


Avant premieres of the big names of international cinema.


Limelight presents avant-premieres of some of the cinematic highlights of the year. Here, approximately thirty films that will be released in Dutch arthouse cinemas, have their first screening. Recently, Limelight included many films by directors with a long history with IFFR such as Miguel Gomes, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Naomi Kawase, Pablo Trapero, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, as well as successful new filmmakers such as Martin Zandvliet or Ben Wheatley.


Interactive Film Premieres with Q&A and live show all over Europe.


IFFR Live is a unique series of film events held simultaneously in cinemas and on selected VOD platforms throughout Europe and beyond. Audiences outside of Rotterdam will be able to see the filmmaker and cast attend the premiere in Rotterdam through a live stream on a specially developed dashboard. After the screening, audiences can participate in a live Q&A via Twitter, enjoy music performances and more film related content via the live stream. 


Music documentaries in a unique setting.

Eight evenings in a row a different music genre is explored in a characteristic setting with live extra’s. What links these documentaries is their attention to social backgrounds. It’s never just about the music.

Voices Short

Narrative driven short stories.

Ton Coeur

IFFR’s short film section is one of the largest and most significant showcases for short filmmaking and artists’ moving image in the world. The selection covers a spectrum of moving image practice that includes auteur-driven narrative works, experimental films, works by visual artists and films that refuse to be pinpointed to existing genres or styles. Voices' Short film programme focuses on auteur-driven, narrative works.