Rotterdam International Film Festival
Marjan van de Haar
Year of Foundation 1972
Event Date from 27 January 2021 till 07 February 2021
in Rotterdam, Netherlands
Sections Tiger Competition: Eligible for Tiger Competition are directors of a 1st, 2nd or 3rd feature-length film, 60 minutes or longer, that are presented in World premiere at IFFR or, in consultation with the festival, in International or European premiere after no more than one festival event or territorial release between September 2020 and January 2021.
Bright Future: Predominantly young, up-and-coming talent with their own style and vision.
Ammodo Tiger Short Competition: Short films. The film should have its world, international or European premiere in Rotterdam.
VPRO Big Screen Award: Big Screen Competition comprises up to sixteen selected films having their World premiere at IFFR or, in consultation with the festival, in International or European premiere after no more than one festival event or territorial release between September 2020 and January 2021.
BankGiro Loterij Audience Award: All feature length films, having received their first public screening after 1 January 2020, are eligible for the BankGiro Loterij Audience Award, chosen by the audience of the festival.
Other awards presented in the context of IFFR include, but are not necessarily limited to, FIPRESCI Award, KNF Award, IFFR Youth Jury Award.
Terms of Entry Long feature films over 60 min., short films less than 60 min., creative documentaries, experimental films, short films and innovative visual productions for digital media; world, international and European premieres are preferred. No prior screening in the Netherlands.
Subtitles English subtitles necessary
Format 16 mm, 35 mm, DCP
Registration Deadline Short films (up to 60 min.) completed before 1 July 2020: 24 August
Short films (up to 60 min.) completed after 1 July 2020: 21 September
VR Interactive works: 21 September
Feature length films (60+ min.): 14 October
Fees shorts: 30 EUR (excl. VAT), features: 55 EUR (excl. VAT)
Attendance Figures 340,000
Participants of the Film Industry With its annual co-production market, the CineMart, the International Film Festival Rotterdam has developed a very effective instrument to bring together financiers and filmmakers. Every year, the CineMart invites a select number of producers to present their film projects to potential co-producers, bankers, funds, sales agents, distributors, and TV stations.
Prizes/Awards Hivos Tiger Award (40.000 €, equally shared between director and producer), Special Jury Award will be presented to an exceptional artistic achievement within the competition (10.000 €). Tiger Awards for Short Films (3 awards, 3.000 € each). Big Screen Award (30.000 € shared between filmmaker and Dutch distributor). Impact Cinema Bright Future Award (10.000 €, to be spent on the development of a next film project). Warsteiner Audience Award (10.000 €).
Other awards: FIPRESCI Award (an international critics jury), KNF Award (Dutch critics jury for best Dutch (co)production in the festival), NETPAC Award (for best new Asian film in the festival), MovieZone Award (a youth jury award).
Bright Future: Ammodo Tiger Short Competition
THE LOST PROCESSION by Bani Abidi (AE/DE/PK)
AGGREGATE STATES OF MATTERS by Rosa Barba (PE/DE)
Bright Future: Bright Future Competition
SEBASTIAN JUMPING FENCES (SEBASTIAN SPRINGT ÜBER GELÄNDER) by Ceylan-Alejandro Ataman-Checa (DFFB)
FOR THE TIME BEING by Salka Tiziana (HFBK Hamburg)
TIME OF MOULTING (FELLWECHSELZEIT) by Sabrina Mertens (Film Academy Baden-Württemberg)
Bright Future Main Program
LUSALA by Mugambi Nthiga (KE/DE, One Fine Day Films)
MERRY CHRISTMAS, YIWU by Mladen Kovacevic (RS/SE/FR/DE/BE/QA, Ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion)
THE FEVER by Maya Da-Rin (BR/FR/DE, Komplizen Film)
THE TREE HOUSE by Minh Quý Trương (SG/VN/DE/FR/CN, Inselfilm Produktion)
Bright Future Short
BATAGUR BASKA by Bernd Lützeler
BLED OUT – AUSGEBLUTET by Pauline Curnier Jardin
BUGS & BEASTS BEFORE THE LAW by Bambitchell (CA/DE)
DAS WESEN DER VERWANDLUNG by Monika Funke-Stern & Hanno Baethe
FORGET ALBERTO FOR NOW by Beina Xu
HOME STORIES by Matthias Müller
THE LITTLE WHITE CLOUD THAT CRIED by Guy Maddin (CA/DE)
THE SCULPTURE by Musquiqui Chihying (DE/TW/CN)
Bright Future Mid-length
AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA by Karsten Krause (Fünferfilm – Krause & Scheuffele)
Voices: Big Screen Competition
FANNY LYE DELIVER'D by Thomas Clay (GB/DE, Essential Filmproduktion)
Voices Main Program
DEATH WILL COME AND SHALL HAVE YOUR EYES by José Luis Torres Leiva (CL/AR/DE, Autentika Films)
WHITE ON WHITE by Théo Court (ES/CL/FR/DE, Kundschafter Filmproduktion)
YOU WILL DIE AT 20 by Amjad Abu Alala (SD/FR/EG/DE/NO/QA, Die Gesellschaft DGS)
PROXIMA by Alice Winocour (FR/DE, Pandora Film)
THE PERFECT CANDIDATE by Haifaa Al-Mansour (SA/DE, Razor Film Produktion)
THE WHISTLERS by Corneliu Porumboiu (RU/FR/DE, Komplizen Film)
LA ESPERA by Danilo do Carmo, Jakob Krese (DE/BR)
ELEPHANT BEARING AN OBELISK by Bettina Nürnberg, Dirk Peuker (DE/IT)
Deep Focus: Signatures
A HIDDEN LIFE by Terrence Malick (DE/US, Studio Babelsberg)
LIBERTÉ by Albert Serra (FR/DE, Lupa Film)
LITTLE JOE by Jessica Hausner (AT/GB/DE, Essential Filmproduktion)
Deep Focus: Regained
AN IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT by Jens Meurer (DE/NL/AT/US, Instant Film)
NIMIC by Yorgos Lanthimos (DE/GB/US, Rekorder)
HARUN FAROCKI: PRESENTED by Kevin B. Lee
HARUN FAROCKI: LEXICON by Kevin B. Lee
HARUN FAROCKI: THE COUNTER-IMAGE by Kevin B. Lee
LIVING THE LIGHT – ROBBY MÜLLER by Claire Pijman (NL/DE, Chromosom Filmproduktion)
MOVING PICTURES: FILMMAKING AND THE ART OF CINEMATOGRAPHY by Sophie Kill, (DE/US/CN, Arri Media)
VILLA EMPAIN by Katharina Kastner (AT/BE/DE/FR)
THE LEAKS OF VENICE by Pia Bolognesi, Giulio Bursi (DE/IT)
Deep Focus: Frameworks
VOICE ENGINE by Rosa Barba (DE/NL)
Deep Focus: Beth B: War Is Over
VARIETY by Bette Gordin (UK/DE/US)
TWO SMALL BODIES by Beth B, Ida Appelbroog (US/DE)
Deep Focus: Marion Hänsel: À la vie
LA TENDRESSE by Marion Hänsel (BE/FR/DE)
FragMANts by NEOZOON
CITY PLAZA HOTEL by Anna-Paula Honig, Violeta Paus (CL/FR/DE)
Perspectives: Sacred Beings
7465 by Watsamon Tri-yasakda (TH/DE)
I AM NOT YOUR MOTHER by Sarnt Utamachote
Perspectives: The Tyger Burns
ABOUT ENDLESSNESS by Roy Andersson (SE/DE/NO, Essential Filmproduktion)
Perspectives: Wait and See
BLUE by Ann Oren
INK IN MILK by Gernot Wieland (DE/AT)SZEEMANN AND LENIN CROSSING THE ALPS by Rudolf Herz
Perspectives: Ordinary Heroes: Made In Hong Kong
SERIAL PARALLELS by Max Hattler (HK/DE)
BLACK SUNFIGHT by Ulrich Herzog
Cinemart (projects in development)
ELECTRIC SLEEP by Zeynep Dadak (TK/DE, unafilm)
Number of Films Shown 574 films, including 145 world premieres
Media Coverage 354 Journalists from all kinds of media attended the festival (101 national, as well as 253 international journalist for tv, radio and newspapers of all kinds)Specific Characteristics The jury nominates a short film from the international competition for the European Film Awards.
Evaluation The festival focuses mostly on innovative and independent cinema. Competition is limited to first and second features.
The co-production market CineMart is a platform exclusively for selected projects. The market presents around 50 projects to approx. 700 potential co-producers, funding bodies and sales agents.
The festival is considered to be one of the biggest and most important European film events. It is also renowned for its close relations with Asian cinema, which enables European visitors to gain easy access to Asian producers and directors. The diversity of the films presented is truly impressive.