What are the competitions of the festival?
  • Hivos Tiger Competition (for first or second feature films)
  • Tiger Competition for Short Films
  • The Hubert Bals Fund Audience Award (previous: Dioraphte Award, for Hubert Bals Fund-supported films)
  • The Impact Cinema Bright Future Award (for Bright Future films)
  • The Big Screen Competition (for recent films with no Dutch distributor confirmed, chosen by audience jury)
  • The Warsteiner Audience Award (for recently finished films >60 min)
  • Lions Film Award (to a film project which previously received post production support from the Hubert Bals Fund)
  • FIPRESCI Award (for Bright Future films with a world premiere)
  • MovieZone Award (Young People's Jury)
  • NETPAC Award (to the best Asian feature film)
  • KNF Award (for recent films with no Dutch distributor confirmed, chosen by Circle of Dutch Film Journalists)
  • The ARTE International Prize (to the producer of the best CineMart project)
  • The Eurimages Co-Production Development Award (to one of the selected CineMart projects that is, or will be an European co-production)
  • Wouter Barendrecht Award (for young directors)
  • Filmmore Post-Production Award 

More extensive information on all prizes can be found on the Juries and Awards page.

How do I get a ticket for a screening?

With an Industry, Press or CineMart badge, you have access to all Press and Industry screenings (for guests with a Guest Badge, access depends on availability of seats). If you would like to attend Public Screenings, there are two ways to obtain tickets: online through your MyIFFR account or through the Guest Box Office in de Doelen and LantarenVenster. If you missed a Press and Industry screening and the Public screening is sold out, an option is the Video Library, where most festival titles are available for viewing (also accessible on your mobile device throughout de Doelen). 

More information for film professionals on how to get tickets may be found on the Festival Badge & Tickets page.

What can I do if the screenings I want to attend are fully booked?

Although the public screenings are also open to professionals (check at the Guest Box Office), these tend to be fully booked, so we strongly advise you to check the Press & Industry Screenings first. There is usually enough space at these Screenings to accommodate our professional guests, and you do not need to get a ticket for these screenings. Another option is the Video Library, where most festival titles are available for viewing.

What is CineMart?

Being the first co-production market of its kind, CineMart offers filmmakers the opportunity to launch their ideas to the international film industry and to find the right connections to get their projects launched. Launching about 30 new projects in need of additional financing, CineMart also heralds an important start of the 'film year'. The 35th edition of CineMart will take place at IFFR from 28 January to 31 January 2018.

What is the Hubert Bals Fund?

The Hubert Bals Fund is an initiative of International Film Festival Rotterdam that provides grants to remarkable cinema projects in various stages of completion.

Is there a delegates list or Industry Manual available on your website?

A delegates list and Industry Manual will be published on the MyIFFR on Friday 19 January. Kindly note that these publications are only accessible for Industry and CineMart confirmed guests.

Where can I find information on the programmes of past festivals?

Have a look at the IFFR archives for information on recent editions of the festival:

How do I get to IFFR?

Many visitors will arrive at Schiphol Airport, a major international aviation hub located on the main railway line between Rotterdam and Amsterdam. The second largest, Rotterdam Airport, is a regional airport located close to the city centre. Rotterdam Central Station is well linked to international (hi speed) train lines to and from the UK, Germany, France and Belgium.

Arrival by plane at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport

The easiest way to get from Schiphol Amsterdam Airport to Rotterdam and back is by train. From Rotterdam Central Station, it is a 5 minute walk to festival centre de Doelen (Kruisplein 40).
Schiphol Railway Station is located directly at the airport. Trains run four times per hour and take approximately 50 minutes. Train tickets can be obtained from the yellow vending machine with the blue sign and NS logo across the top at the main entrance of Schiphol Airport (reservation not necessary).

There is a high speed train option available called the ‘Intercity Direct’, which runs between Amsterdam Central Station and Breda (reservation not necessary). This train takes you from Schiphol Amsterdam Airport to Rotterdam Central Station in 25 minutes. Please note that a supplement is required, which you can also buy at the yellow vending machines.

For more railway details please check the website of Dutch railways NS.

Arrival by plane at Rotterdam The Hague Airport

Arriving at Rotterdam Airport, taxis are available in front of the terminal building. A shuttle bus service runs every 20 minutes (RET bus 33) and takes you in about 20 minutes to Rotterdam Central Station. From there it is only about 300 meters to the IFFR Professionals Centre in 'de Doelen', entrance Kruisplein. You can find the RET bus stop on the left leaving the airport terminal; tickets are available from the driver. Bus 33 runs from Rotterdam Airport to Rotterdam Central Station on Mon-Fri from 05.50 till 0.00; Sat from 06.05 till 0.00; Sun 08.00 till 0.00. Bus 33 runs from Rotterdam Central Station to Rotterdam Airport Mon-Fri 06.00 till 0.25; Sat 06.30 till 0.25; Sun 08.30 till 0.25 hrs.

Arrival by train at Rotterdam Central Station

Trains from over the entire Netherlands as well as international trains stop in Rotterdam Central Station. Tip: plan your train journey via, and check the latest travel updates before departure.

From Belgium and France, Rotterdam can easily be reached with the Thalys high speed train, which runs ten times a day. When travelling from the UK you can take the Eurostar to Brussels and transfer to the Thalys there.

When travelling from Amsterdam, the Intercity Direct travels over the high-speed rail line. It is therefore the fastest connection between Amsterdam and Rotterdam via Schiphol Airport.Please note: to travel by Intercity Direct, an extra supplement is required.

By car

Rotterdam is easily accessible by the A13, A15, A16 and A20 motorways. There are several parking options available in the centre of Rotterdam.

In order to plan your travel to the festival, visit Google Maps. There are several parking options available in the centre of Rotterdam, which you can find more information about at City Guide Rotterdam.


What is the best way to get around Rotterdam?

Rotterdam is a compact city well served by an efficient transportation system. Almost all main festival locations are within easy walking distance of each other in the city center. Walking, public transport or taxis are appropriate options for getting around in Rotterdam. For full information, click here.

Where can I use the Internet during the festival?

Wireless internet is available throughout de Doelen, our main festival location. IFFR badge holders are welcome to the 3rd floor of de Doelen, where you can find all Industry, Guest and Press related information and workspaces. A password to use the WiFi will be provided at all of our desks, as well as on the information boards. The Video Library is also available throughout de Doelen on your mobile devices, when using the festival’s WiFi- network and your MyIFFR details when logging on to the platform.

What sort of weather should I expect during the Festival?

During the Festival period, Rotterdam temperatures typically hover just above the freezing point 1-5°C (34-42°F). Ice or snow is possible, so remember to bring appropriate footwear and warm clothing.

I do not speak Dutch. Will that be a problem at IFFR?

All films in the IFFR programme are screened in the original language, mostly with English subtitles. Only a small part of the selected films are subtitled in Dutch, or spoken in Dutch. Generally speaking, you'll get around the Netherlands speaking English. 

My question has not been answered yet. What do I do?

If you cannot find what you are looking for, please check our other FAQ pages first. For questions about entering your feature-length film, see the FAQ under Film Entry. For questions about the Hubert Bals Fund and CineMart, you can check the FAQ as well. If you still have any more questions, please use the search in the top right corner of this website to find an answer or contact the festival.