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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.

Meet the team


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!


As an international film festival, we represent the strength and impact of independent film, filmmakers and film-related art. We stimulate, coach, finance, distribute and support filmmakers through the Hubert Bals Fund (HBF), our annual co-production market (CineMart) and the many forms of training provided to filmmakers through the Rotterdam Lab. By organising the annual festival and other events throughout the year, we create a platform for makers to present their (life’s) work to broad, diverse audiences. In doing so, we accept challenges head-on. Hotly debated and challenging, our programming tackles issues and tensions of contemporary social relevance.

The festival

IFFR is one of the largest audience and industry-driven film festivals in the world. During twelve festival days, hundreds of filmmakers and other artists present their work to a large audience (2019: 327,000 admissions, over 2,400 film professionals – 329 of them film directors). The festival's Official Selection includes more than 500 feature, mid-length, and short films out of over 50 countries. It aims to organise and stimulate film-related activities in Rotterdam.

The 49th edition of IFFR will take place from Wednesday 22 January until Sunday 2 February 2020.

What we stand for

At International Film Festival Rotterdam, we represent the strength and impact of independent film, filmmakers and film-related art.
In our work together, we each contribute to a culture that is built on foundations of mutual respect and dignity. For International Film Festival Rotterdam respect means welcoming and appreciating everyone around us — from our colleagues to our business partners to our guests — as well as creating an environment where everyone has the freedom to express him or herself, without fear of harassment, intimidation, discrimination, sexism, or other disrespectful behavior.
We reserve the right to revoke, without notice or refund, credentials or access to Festival events and venues for those who engage in such conduct.

If you have been involved of have witnessed something that violates this code we ask that you contact us as [email protected].
If you prefer to speak to an outside organisation you may also contact Slachtofferhulp Nederland at 088-7460 000 or 0900-0101. Alternatively, you can contact the professionals of Mores.online, an independent online platform allowing anyone working in the cultural sector to report instances of harassment, discrimination and other types of abuse. For emergencies, immediately dial 1-1-2.

Short history

Famously, seventeen people attended the opening night of the first Film International Rotterdam on 28 June 1972. An initiative of the Rotterdam Arts Foundation, Film International (later: International Film Festival Rotterdam) showcased films purchased for distribution to the newly established circuit of art house cinemas in the Netherlands. A driving force, famous figurehead and inspirational director until his early death in 1988, Hubert Bals gave the festival its solid reputation of commitment to and active support of independent cinema as well as of a welcoming meeting place for filmmakers, audiences, film professionals and film critics. Under the subsequent directorships of Anne Head (1989), Marco Müller (1990-1991), Emile Fallaux (1992-1996), Simon Field (1996-2004), Sandra den Hamer (2000-2007), Rutger Wolfson (2008-2015) and Bero Beyer (2015 - Present) IFFR grew to become one of the largest audience and industry-driven film festivals in the world, while maintaining its focus on innovative filmmaking by talented newcomers and established auteurs as well as on presenting cutting edge media art.

Festival Archive

Funders and Business Partners

International Film Festival Rotterdam is subsidized by Dutch national and Rotterdam’s local governments. For theme sections, collaborations with other Rotterdam cultural institutions and special projects, the festival receives donations from private funds. Ultimately, the festival would not be possible without its large festival audience, hundreds of volunteers and support from its main business partners de VolkskrantBankGiro Loterij, vfonds as well as our Tiger Members, maecenases and many other partners and suppliers.

IFFR partners

Locations, Screening Schedule, Box Office

The IFFR main screening venues are 'de Doelen' (also the location of IFFR PRO CineMart, IFFR PRO Hub & Press Centre), Pathé Schouwburgplein multiplex, KINO, Cinerama, LantarenVenster, Oude Luxor and Rotterdamse Schouwburg. More venues are to be announced.

More information for film professionals on how to get tickets and how to get to Rotterdam may be found on the Service and FAQ page.

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More about the Festival's activities

Annual Report Programme Awards & Competitions CineMart Hubert Bals Fund Rotterdam Lab Young Film Critics PRO Hub Curaçao IFFR IFFR Unleashed