Rotterdam International Film Festival
Marjan van de Haar
Year of Foundation 1972
Event Date from 27 January 2021 till 07 February 2021
Event Date (2 - 6 June 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).
LANDSCAPES OF RESISTANCE by Marta Popivoda (SRB/DE/FR, Theory at Work, Bocalupo Films)
Ammodo Tiger Short Competition
WHO IS AFRAID OF IDEOLOGY? PART 3 MICRO RESISTANCES by Marwa Arsanios (Marwa Arsanios)
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.