At IFFR Academy you will be introduced to the film industry by film professionals, independent filmmakers and festival experts. Five days long with every day a different perspective on contemporary filmmaking and producing.

Introducing: IFFR
The opening of IFFR Academy hosted by Jordi Wijnalda, with an introduction by festival director Bero Beyer. Programmer Inge de Leeuw will give a short introduction of her programme The Collective Space where IFFR hosts workshops for young talent, organised together with the Ghetto Film School (Los Angeles, New York and London), the Netherlands Film Academy and Rotterdam based communities. combined with a celebratory network drinks. 
Monday 27 January 16:30-18:00 in Het Nieuwe Instituut

Focus: First Stage
Focus on the first phase of filmmaking. We will treat questions like: ‘How to find funding?’, ‘What can filmmarkets do for my project?’, ‘How can I improve my script?’ and ‘How to find and work with, an international co-producer?’. In a round table setting we invited experts to do a short introduction of their field of expertise and invite students to ask questions and take part in the conversation. 
Tuesday 28 January 16:00-17:00 in Kleine Zaal in Theater Rotterdam Schouwburg

Focus: How to get your film in the cinema?
Focus on the last phase of filmmaking. We will treat questions like: 'How to find a sales agent?', ‘What festival strategy should I manage?', ‘How to bring my editing to the next level?’ and 'What is the role of a festival programmer in the film industry?'. In a round table setting we invited experts to do a short introduction of their field of expertise and invite students to ask questions and take part in the conversation.
Wednesday 29 January 16:00-17:00 in Kleine Zaal in Theater Rotterdam Schouwburg

Focus: Other screens
Black box, white cube, digital zone. Two makers in the field of experimental video making and VR explain the challenges when you work on different screens.
Thursday 30 January 16:00-17:00 in Kleine Zaal in Theater Rotterdam Schouwburg

Focus: On filmmaking
In dept conversation with Mees Peijnenburg about the production process of his film Paradise Drifters which will have it’s Dutch premiere at IFFR and International Premiere at Berlinale.
Friday 31 January 16:00-17:00 in Kleine Zaal in Theater Rotterdam Schouwburg