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The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is an annual film festival held at the end of January in various locations in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.[1] Since its foundation in 1972, it has maintained a 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 arthouse film, with most of the participants in the short film program identified as artists or experimental filmmakers.[2][3] IFFR also hosts CineMart and BoostNL, for film producers to seek funding.


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 Leo, the lion in the MGM logo.[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 Rutger Wolfson. Film producer Bero Beyer was the next director and in 2020, Vanja Kaludjercic was appointed as the new director.[8]

Despite financial difficulties in the mid-1980s, the festival has grown steadily, reaching more than 300,000 visitors in 2015.

Festival screening locations[]

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The Rotterdamse Schouwburg

The IFFR screens films at multiple locations, including the Pathé cinema at Schouwburgplein, De Doelen, Cinerama, WORM, Oude Luxor Theater, Theater Rotterdam Schouwburg, KINO and Lantaren Venster.[9]

Tiger Award winners[]

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.[10]

Year Film Original title Director Country
1995 Postman Youchai Jianjun He Template:Flag
How Old Is the River? Fuyu no kappa Kazama Shiori Template:Flag
Thalassa, Thalassa, Ruckkehr Zum Mmer Thalassa, Thalassa Bogdan Dumitrescu Template:Flag
1996 Sons Erzi Zhang Yuan Template:Flag
Like Grains of Sand Nagisa no Shindobaddo Ryōsuke Hashiguchi Template:Flag
Small Faces Gillies MacKinnon Template:Flag
1997 Last Holiday Posledniye kanikuly Amir Karakulov Template:Flag
The Day a Pig Fell into the Well Daijiga umule pajinnal Hong Sang-soo Template:Flag
Robinson in Space Patrick Keiller Template:Flag
1998 Buttoners Knoflíkári Petr Zelenka Template:Flag
Round the Moons Between Earth and Sea Giro di lune tra terra e mare Giuseppe Gaudino Template:Flag
The Inheritors Die Siebtelbauern Stefan Ruzowitzky Template:Flag
1999 The Iron Heel of Oligarchy Zheleznaya pyata oligarkhii Alexander Bashirov Template:Flag
More Than Yesterday Plus qu'hier moins que demain Laurent Achard Template:Flag
Following Christopher Nolan Template:Flag
2000 Suzhou River Suzhou he Ye Lou Template:Flag
Crane World Mundo Grúa Pablo Trapero Template:Flag
Bye Bye Blue Bird Katrin Ottarsdottír Template:Flag
2001 Bad Company Mabudachi Furumaya Tomoyuki Template:Flag
The Days Between In den Tag hinein Maria Speth Template:Flag
25 Watts Juan Pablo Rebella & Pablo Stoll Template:Flag
2002 Sleeping Rough Tussenland Eugenie Jansen Template:Flag
Everyday God Kisses Us on the Mouth În fiecare zi Dumnezeu ne saruta pe gura Sinişa Dragin Template:Flag
Wild Bees Divoké vcely Bohdan Sláma Template:Flag
2003 With Love. Lilya S lyubovyu. Lilya Larisa Sadilova Template:Flag
Strange Extraño Santiago Loza Template:Flag
Jealousy Is My Middle Name Jiltuneun naui him Park Chan-ok Template:Flag
2004 The Missing Bu jian Kang-sheng Lee Template:Flag
Summer in the Golden Valley Ljeto u zlatnoj dolini Srđan Vuletić Template:Flag
En Route Unterwegs Jan Krüger Template:Flag
2005 Changing Destiny Nemmeno il destino Daniele Gaglianone Template:Flag
4 Chetyre Ilya Khrzhanovsky Template:Flag
The Sky Turns El cielo gira Mercedes Álvarez Template:Flag
2006 Walking on the Wild Side Lai xiao zi Han Jie Template:Flag
The Dog Pound La perrera Manuel Nieto Zas Template:Flag
Old Joy Kelly Reichardt Template:Flag
2007 Love Conquers All Tan Chui Mui Template:Flag
The Unpolished Die Unerzogenen Pia Marais Template:Flag
Bog of Beasts Baixio das Bestas Claudio Assis Template:Flag
AFR Morten Hartz Kaplers Template:Flag
2008 Go With Peace Jamil Gå med fred Jamil - Ma salama Jamil Omar Shargawi Template:Flag
Wonderful Town (เมืองเหงาซ่อนรัก) Aditya Assarat Template:Flag
Flower in the Pocket Liew Seng Tat Template:Flag
2009 Be Calm and Count to Seven Aram bash va ta hatf beshmar Ramtin Lavafipour Template:Flag
Breathless Ddongpari Yang Ik-june Template:Flag
Wrong Rosary Uzak ihtimal Mahmut Fazil Coskun Template:Flag
2010 Cold Water of the Sea Agua fría de mar Paz Fábrega Template:Flag
Alamar To the Sea Pedro González-Rubio Template:Flag
Mundane History Jao nok krajok (เจ้านกกระจอก) Anocha Suwichakornpong Template:Flag
2011 The Journals of Musan Musanilgi Park Jung-bum Template:Flag
Finisterrae Sergio Caballero Template:Flag
Eternity Tee rak (ที่รัก) Sivaroj Kongsakul Template:Flag
2012 Klip Clip Maja Miloš Template:Flag
Thursday Till Sunday De jueves a domingo Dominga Sotomayor Castillo Template:Flag
Egg and Stone Jidan he shitou Ji Huang Template:Flag
2013 My Dog Killer Môj pes Killer Mira Fornay Template:Flag
Soldier Jane Soldate Jeannette Daniel Hoesl Template:Flag
Fat Shaker Larzanandeye charbi Mohammad Shirvani Template:Flag
2014 Anatomy of a Paper Clip Yamamori clip koujo no atari Ikeda Akira Template:Flag
Something Must Break Nånting måste gå sönder Ester Martin Bergsmark Template:Flag
Han Gong-ju Han Gong-ju Lee Su-jin Template:Flag
2015 The Project of the Century La obra del siglo Carlos M. Quintela Template:Flag
Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes) Juan Daniel F. Molero Template:Flag
Vanishing Point Jakrawal Nilthamrong Template:Flag
2016 Radio Dreams Babak Jalali Template:Flag
2017 Sexy Durga Sanal Kumar Sasidharan Template:Flag
2018 The Widowed Witch[11] Xiao gua fu cheng xian ji Cai Chengjie Template:Flag
2019 Present.Perfect. Wan mei jin xing shi Shengze Zhu Template:Flag
2020 The Cloud In Her Room Ta fang jian li de yun Xinyuan Zheng Lu Template:Flag
2021 Pebbles Koozhaangal Vinothraj P.S. Template:Flag

See also[]

  • Rotterdam Film Festival 2002 Main Short Program


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