International Film Festival Rotterdam

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is an annual film festival held in various cinemas in Rotterdam, Netherlands[1] at the end of January. Since its founding in 1972, it has maintained its focus on independent and experimental filmmaking by showcasing emerging talents and established auteurs. The festival also places a focus on presenting cutting edge media art and artist's film, with most of the participants in the short film program identified as artists or experimental filmmakers.[2][3] IFFR also hosts CineMart, for film producers to seek funding.

International Film Festival Rotterdam
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LocationRotterdam, Netherlands
Founded byHubert Bals
AwardsTiger Award
Artistic directorBero Beyer


The first festival — then called 'Film International' — was organized in June 1972 under the leadership of Huub Bals. IFFR's logo is a tiger, loosely based on the M.G.M. lion.[4] From the beginning, the festival has profiled itself as a promoter of alternative, innovative and non-commercial films, with an emphasis on the Far East and developing countries. Around 1983, the festival founded CineMart to serve as a "regular film market," and later modified the business model to serve instead as a "co-production market",[5][6] which helps a selected number of film producers connect with possible co-producers and funders for their film projects.[7]

After the festival founder's sudden death in 1988, a fund was initiated and named after him (Hubert Bals Fund), used for supporting filmmakers from developing countries.

The non-competitive character of the festival changed in 1995, when the VPRO Tiger Awards were introduced—three yearly prizes for young filmmakers making their first or second film. The next year, Simon Field, formerly Cinema Director at the London Institute of Contemporary Arts, became director of the festival. In 2004 Sandra den Hamer took over as director of the festival, and from 2007 to 2015 the director was Ruger Wolfson. Since August 2015 the leadership is in the hands of film producer Bero Beyer. Despite financial difficulties in the mid-1980s, the festival has grown steadily, reaching more than 300,000 visitors in 2015.

Festival screening locationsEdit

The Pathé cinema at SchouwburgpleinEdit

The Pathé cinema at Schouwburgplein is one of the biggest cinemas in the country and boasts the largest screen in the Netherlands. The modern edifice – located between the Schouwburg and De Doelen – is dramatically lit by night, dominating the square.

De DoelenEdit

De Doelen is the Central Box office during the festival


Cinerama is a magnificent old cinema with 7 theaters and more than 1000 seats.


WORM is the main venue for the Starting from Scratch activities with film screenings, performances, installations, the Metamkine workshop, the Scratching from Start party and meeting point for activities in the lab of the filmwerkplaats.

Old Luxor TheaterEdit

The Old Luxor Theater dates back to 1917 and is a “Grand Dame” amongst Rotterdam theaters. It has been thoroughly renovated multiple times, but retains an atmosphere that lends a special touch to the cinematic experience.

Rotterdamse SchouwburgEdit

The Rotterdamse Schouwburg is located in the heart of Rotterdam, on the Schouwburgplein. It is one of the main performing arts centers of the city, offering a wide range of critically acclaimed dance, opera and theatrical performances.

Lantaren VensterEdit

Lantaren Venster is the only screening location at the other side of the Maas river, making it the most remote of all screening locations. Like Pathé and Cinerama, it has 7 theaters. Lantaren Venster is used as a performance arts location and well known for their non-mainstream and art house programming of movies.

Hivos Tiger Award winnersEdit

The Tiger Award has had various sponsors over the years. In the years leading up to and including 2010 it was sponsored by the VPRO. In 2011 the award was presented by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and since 2012 by Hivos.[8]

Year Film Original title Director Country
1995 Postman Youchai Jianjun He   China
How Old Is the River? Fuyu no kappa Kazama Shiori   Japan
Thalassa, Thalassa, Ruckkehr Zum Mmer Thalassa, Thalassa Bogdan Dumitrescu   Germany
1996 Sons Erzi Zhang Yuan   China
Like Grains of Sand Nagisa no Shindobaddo Ryōsuke Hashiguchi   Japan
Small Faces Gillies MacKinnon   United Kingdom
1997 Last Holiday Posledniye kanikuly Amir Karakulov   Kazakhstan
The Day a Pig Fell into the Well Daijiga umule pajinnal Hong Sang-soo   South Korea
Robinson in Space Patrick Keiller   United Kingdom
1998 Buttoners Knoflíkári Petr Zelenka   Czech Republic
Round the Moons Between Earth and Sea Giro di lune tra terra e mare Giuseppe Gaudino   Italy
The Inheritors Die Siebtelbauern Stefan Ruzowitzky   Austria
1999 The Iron Heel of Oligarchy Zheleznaya pyata oligarkhii Alexander Bashirov   Russia
More Than Yesterday Plus qu'hier moins que demain Laurent Achard   France
Following Christopher Nolan   United Kingdom
2000 Suzhou River Suzhou he Ye Lou   China
Crane World Mundo Grúa Pablo Trapero   Argentina
Bye Bye Blue Bird Katrin Ottarsdottír   Denmark
2001 Bad Company Mabudachi Furumaya Tomoyuki   Japan
The Days Between In den Tag hinein Maria Speth   Germany
25 Watts Juan Pablo Rebella & Pablo Stoll   Uruguay
2002 Sleeping Rough Tussenland Eugenie Jansen   Netherlands
Everyday God Kisses Us on the Mouth În fiecare zi Dumnezeu ne saruta pe gura Sinişa Dragin   Romania
Wild Bees Divoké vcely Bohdan Sláma   Czech Republic
2003 With Love. Lilya S lyubovyu. Lilya Larisa Sadilova   Russia
Strange Extraño Santiago Loza   Argentina
Jealousy Is My Middle Name Jiltuneun naui him Park Chan-ok   South Korea
2004 The Missing Bu jian Kang-sheng Lee   Taiwan
Summer in the Golden Valley Ljeto u zlatnoj dolini Srđan Vuletić   Bosnia-Herzegovina
En Route Unterwegs Jan Krüger   Germany
2005 Changing Destiny Nemmeno il destino Daniele Gaglianone   Italy
4 Chetyre Ilya Khrzhanovsky   Russia
The Sky Turns El cielo gira Mercedes Álvarez   Spain
2006 Walking on the Wild Side Lai xiao zi Han Jie   China
The Dog Pound La perrera Manuel Nieto Zas   Uruguay
Old Joy Kelly Reichardt   United States
2007 Love Conquers All Tan Chui Mui   Malaysia
The Unpolished Die Unerzogenen Pia Marais   Germany
Bog of Beasts Baixio das Bestas Claudio Assis   Brazil
AFR Morten Hartz Kaplers   Denmark
2008 Go With Peace Jamil Gå med fred Jamil - Ma salama Jamil Omar Shargawi   Denmark
Wonderful Town (เมืองเหงาซ่อนรัก) Aditya Assarat   Thailand
Flower in the Pocket Liew Seng Tat   Malaysia
2009 Be Calm and Count to Seven Aram bash va ta hatf beshmar Ramtin Lavafipour   Iran
Breathless Ddongpari Yang Ik-june   South Korea
Wrong Rosary Uzak ihtimal Mahmut Fazil Coskun   Turkey
2010 Cold Water of the Sea Agua fría de mar Paz Fábrega   Costa Rica
Alamar To the Sea Pedro González-Rubio   Mexico
Mundane History Jao nok krajok (เจ้านกกระจอก) Anocha Suwichakornpong   Thailand
2011 The Journals of Musan Musanilgi Park Jung-bum   South Korea
Finisterrae Sergio Caballero   Spain
Eternity Tee rak (ที่รัก) Sivaroj Kongsakul   Thailand
2012 Klip Clip Maja Miloš   Serbia
Thursday Till Sunday De jueves a domingo Dominga Sotomayor Castillo   Chile
Egg and Stone Jidan he shitou Ji Huang   China
2013 My Dog Killer Môj pes Killer Mira Fornay   Slovakia
  Czech Republic
Soldier Jane Soldate Jeannette Daniel Hoesl   Austria
Fat Shaker Larzanandeye charbi Mohammad Shirvani   Iran
2014 Anatomy of a Paper Clip Yamamori clip koujo no atari Ikeda Akira   Japan
Something Must Break Nånting måste gå sönder Ester Martin Bergsmark   Sweden
Han Gong-ju Han Gong-ju Lee Su-jin   South Korea
2015 The Project of the Century La obra del siglo Carlos M. Quintela   Argentina
Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes) Juan Daniel F. Molero   Peru
Vanishing Point Jakrawal Nilthamrong   Thailand
2016 Radio Dreams Babak Jalali   Iran
  United States
2017 Sexy Durga Sanal Kumar Sasidharan   India
2018 The Widowed Witch[9] Xiao gua fu cheng xian ji Cai Chengjie   China
2019 Present.Perfect Wan mei jin xing shi Shengze Zhu   Hong Kong


  1. ^ Rotterdam_International_Film_Festival Archived 28 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 August 2017. Retrieved 10 December 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Shorts Circuit". Archived from the original on 7 August 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  4. ^ Heijs, Jan Heijs & Westra, Frans (1996). Que le tigre danse. Huub Bals a biography. Otto Cramwinckel: Amsterdam.
  5. ^ "CineMart History" Archived 28 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine. International Film Festival Rotterdam. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
  6. ^ Mundell, Ian (January 13, 2009) "CineMart thriving in tough times" Archived 9 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Variety. Retrieved September 24, 2011. (subscription required)
  7. ^ Smith, Nigel M. (December 17, 2010). "Rotterdam’s CineMart Selects 33 Projects for 2011" Archived 22 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine. IndieWire
  8. ^ Hivos Tiger Awards Competition Archived 12 April 2016 at the Wayback Machine. IFFR.
  9. ^ "The Widowed Witch". 22 December 2017. Archived from the original on 22 March 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2018.

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