Film entry: submission materials

The answers to most of your questions can be found in our Rules and Regulations. Please read these carefully before submitting your film. 

When are the submission deadlines?

The submission deadlines for selection purposes for IFFR 2018, which means the deadline for the Festival's office to receive all required submission materials, are:

Short films (up to 60 min.) completed before 1 July 2019: 23 August 
Short films (up to 60 min.) completed after 1 July 2019: 20 September 
Feature-length films (60+ min.): 15 October 

Is it possible to submit a film after the deadline has passed?

The Festival will make an effort to consider late entries, but because of the overwhelming amount of entries and limited time available, we cannot guarantee that your film will be viewed. 

My film is not yet finished. Can I submit a rough cut or work-in-progress?

Yes, our selection committee is used to previewing unfinished films, and will judge accordingly. Please fill this out on your online entry form and clearly mark the DVD with 'rough cut'. Furthermore, do not send in more than one work-in-progress without notifying our programme department. Because of the enormous amount of entries, we cannot guarantee that your final version will be viewed by our programmers on a later date. 

I have made a short film, is there a separate entry form?

No the entry form for both features and films under 60 minutes is the same.

Can I upload my film for previewing?

Can I upload my film for previewing?

You can upload your preview copy to Vimeo and add the link to the online entry form. The file at the Vimeo link should be downloadable and the password should be valid until January 2018.

In case you’re not able to provide us with a digital preview copy, please send your DVD to:

International Film Festival Rotterdam
Attn: Programme Department

By ordinary (air) mail:
P.O. Box 21696
3001 AR Rotterdam
The Netherlands

By express courier:
Please mention "without commercial value, for cultural purposes only" and mark "No value", or not more than "10 US$"

Karel Doormanstraat 278-B 
3012 GP Rotterdam
The Netherlands
Phone: +31 10 890 90 90
Fax: +31 10 890 90 91
e-mail: [email protected]

None of the above listed submission enclosures will be returned. 

Can I send my DCP for previewing?

Although exceptions can be made, the festival does not accept any DCPs for preview purposes. Should the festival accept the request for a DCP screening, the costs for previewing will be borne by the submitter. Please contact our programme department for further details. 

Do I need to send a signed copy of the entry form after submitting my film online?

No, it is not necessary to enclose a signed entry from. 

What is a director’s statement?

A director’s statement is normally a brief statement by the director about the intention of the film and the inspiration/motivation to make it. This document is usually half a page long. 

I have sent you a DVD / .MOV file but haven’t received a confirmation email. Should I worry?

Due to the enormous amount of entries, it is possible that we are not able to fully process all entries at once. Especially at peak moments, you should expect to receive a confirmation of your submission at a later time than usual. However, if you feel that a number of weeks has passed without any reply, please get in touch with the programme department and mention your submission number.