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Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR)

Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR)

Type : Feature film and short film festival
Theme : International festival
Location : The Netherlands
Period : January, February

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    Event presentation

    The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) presents a wide selection of independent, innovative, and experimental films, as well as exhibitions of contemporary art, video, and new media. The festival actively supports filmmaking through the CineMart event, its co-production market, and the Hubert Bals Foundation.

    The IFRR is a place of dialogue and exchange that is indispensable in discovering new talent. The festival's world premieres and its official Tiger Awards competition put the spotlight on the latest developments in independent cinema. The work of hundreds of directors and actors is presented to spectators over the 12-day festival, with screenings held in 19 locations in central Rotterdam, attended by large audiences and around 3,000 industry professionals.

    The festival competition includes the following:

    • Tiger Awards Competition: the official competition awarding three prizes of equivalent value to first or second feature films.  The Tiger Award is accompanied by a €40,000 cash prize, to be shared between the director and producer of the winning film. A Special Jury Award worth €10,000 is also presented for an exceptional artistic achievement within the competition.
    • Big Screen Competition: the audience jury selects one IFFR film that not only deserves a place on a big screen in Dutch film theaters but also on television. VPRO will give the winning film the opportunity to broadcast on NPO2.
    • Ammodo Tiger Short Competition: about 20 to 25 short films compete for three equal Ammodo Tiger Short Awards, each worth €5,000.

    The festival progamme also includes the following:

    • Harbour is representative of the multidimensional nature of Rotterdam and its festival as a safe haven. It is the main base for the diverse and quality films we want to show to the world.
    • Bright Future is dedicated to emerging film talent
    • Limelight is IFFR’s section for arthouse highlights of the year
    • Cinema Regained, comprises films reflecting on the living history of cinema.
    • Art Directions is a curated programme, showcasing the ways in which cinema sprawls into the other arts, including VR works.
    • Talks & Masterclasses continues to invite emerging filmmakers, artists, experts and radical thinkers to engage in conversation.

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    For feature films only

    All submission materials (online entry form, entry fee and screener) should be delivered to IFFR by the following deadlines:

    • Feature-length films (60+ min.): 14 October 2021

    Check: for more information. Subtitling required.

    For Feature films, the festival's program director views films at uniFrance Films in November.
    Contact UniFrance: Jean-Christophe Baubiat


    Registration conditions for short films

    Films produced on or after : Année précédant le Festival
    Registration deadline : 22/09/2021
    Registration deadline by Unifrance : 22/09/2021
    UniFrance contacts at this event : Tiziana D'Egidio
    Registrations requiring fees
    Registration Form available on external website :

    Subtitling required
    Maximum runtime : 59'
    Films produced on or after : Année précédant le festival
    Genres accepted : All genres
    Conditions : Priority given to films not previously released (internationally)
    Pre-selection format requirements : Video File
    Screening format requirements : Video File, DCP (Digital Cinema Package)

    Film submission deadlines

    All submission materials (online entry form, entry fee and screener) should be delivered to IFFR by the following deadlines:

    • Short films (up to 60 min.) completed before 1 July: 24 August 2021
    • Short films (up to 60 min.) completed after 1 July: 21 September 2021
    • VR Immersive: 21 September 2021

    For Short films, UniFrance contacts at this event : Fiona Baker


    To access public contact details in the UniFrance directory, please log in (or register on our website).

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