Film entry: films eligible for submission

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

May I submit documentaries?

Please note that the festival selects very few documentaries each year. We strongly prefer creative, author-driven documentaries. In our eyes, such creative documentaries take real-life subjects as their starting points but require substantial original writing and explore an author's and/or director's own point of view. Documentaries made especially for television are normally not considered for our festival.

I made a student film, can I send this to you?

Student films (with the exception of post-graduate works) are excluded from submission. 

I submitted a film last year, can I submit the same film this year?

We will not consider previously submitted work unless it has been considerably re-edited/re-shot. Please include a letter with detailed description of the alterations. Previously considered rough cuts submitted the previous year will usually not be considered the following year. 

When is my film eligible for the Tiger Awards Competition?

Feature-length films (60 minutes or longer) of first or second time directors are eligible for the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition. The film should have its world, international or European premiere in Rotterdam. The selection of films that will compete is made by the programme committee. 

When is my film eligible for the Tiger Awards Competition for short films?

Short films of less than 60 minutes are eligible for the Tiger Awards Competition. The film should preferably have its world, international or European premiere in Rotterdam. The selection of films that will compete is made by the programme committee. 

What constitutes a Dutch Premiere?

Any public screening in the Netherlands prior to the IFFR dates will disqualify your film from inclusion in the IFFR. For our purposes, a public screening is any screening that has taken place in the Netherlands before January. This does not include private cast and crew screenings.