International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) offers a high quality line-up of carefully selected fiction and documentary feature films, short films and media art. The festival's focus is on recent work by talented new filmmakers. However, within the four sections the Festival presents, there is also room for retrospectives and themed programmes. IFFR actively supports new and adventurous filmmaking talent through its co-production market CineMart, its Hubert Bals Fund, Rotterdam Lab and other industry activities.
We encourage and stimulate both emerging and established filmmakers from all backgrounds in their artistic endeavours. We champion their films day after day since 1972, matching their work with like-minded professionals and wide audiences. We believe in the power of cinema to increase our understanding of society. We trust its potential to infuse positive social change. We collectively expand the creative space for film citizenship and celebrate the diverse forms of cinema. We are IFFR!
We represent the strength and impact of independent filmmaking. We do so in different ways:
The IFFR programme tackles issues of contemporary social relevance in uniquely exciting ways and shows a keen eye for cinematic innovation. We want to ensure these quality films reach an audience as wide and diverse as possible. We achieve this through several means: by organising our annual festival and events throughout the year and via our online strategy that allows for screening opportunities.
We’re more than a film festival. We also offer year-round guidance and support to all film professionals through our Hubert Bals Fund (HBF), our annual co-production market CineMart and the many forms of training offered in our Rotterdam Lab programme. All of these pillars make up IFFR Pro an important community for independent filmmakers and producers looking for finance, coaching, distribution, co-production partners and inspiration.
Hubert Bals Fund
The Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) is a curatorial fund dedicated to supporting filmmakers in every stage of the filmmaking process – from script development to post-production. Over more than 30 years, the fund has developed a distinguished taste for filmmakers with a forward-looking artistic vision. The HBF focuses on supporting filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe (full list here). Oftentimes, HBF-supported films premiere at major film festivals, reaching wide audiences and finding significant critical success.
Through our educational activities we familiarise young audiences with the vast spectrum of film, broadening their horizons and stimulating autonomous thinking. We organise a wide variety of events for young people of all ages and we provide year-round support to teachers incorporating film lessons into their curricula.