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International Film Festival Rotterdam

Combining within its organisation the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Hubert Bals Fund and co-production market CineMart, IFFR offers a launching pad and supportive platform for innovative and talented independent filmmakers.


Soaring numbers at 49th IFFR

With the screening of Marielle Heller’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood on 1 February 2020, the 49th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR: 22 January – 2 February 2020) closed off its 49th edition welcoming 2,691 film professionals from 89 different countries, including 346 filmmakers. The festival’s 574 films, including 145 world premieres, were curated within four sections: Bright Future, Voices, Deep Focus and Perspectives. The Art Directions and Talks & Masterclasses programmes gave extra depth to the festival lineup.  International Film Festival Rotterdam

Outgoing festival director Bero Beyer: “This edition of IFFR has been a dream, and an amazing finale to my five years as festival director. Once again Rotterdam was the place where emerging talent  – such as Tiger Award winner Zheng Lu Xinyuan with The Cloud in Her Room – and legendary filmmakers came together to create a truly unique celebration of cinema.”

Managing director Marjan van der Haar: “It was a joy to see the city teeming with film lovers: enthusiastic audience members, school kids and industry professionals alike. Exceeding all expectations, we counted 340,000 visits this year, an increase of 13,000 compared to last year. This includes over 28,000 visits in the context of education. I want to thank our partners for making this festival possible.”

New festival director Vanja Kaludjercic: “My festival experience has been wonderful and productive in equal parts. The first preparations for IFFR’s festive 50th edition have already been set in motion. I look forward to realising our many plans for next year together with our brilliant team.”

Facts and figures


273 feature films (65 world premieres, 43 international premieres and 17 European premieres)
301 short and mid-length films (80 world premieres, 21 festival world premieres, 46 international premieres, 14 European premieres)
37 Talks & Masterclasses open to the public
84 out of 203 films eligible for the BankGiro Loterij Audience Award scored an audience rating of four out of five or higher

Art Directions
21 art installations
13 performances

2,691 guests from the film industry
346 filmmakers
670 CineMart guests
354 journalists (101 Dutch journalists and 253 international journalists)

Over 28,000 visits by school children, students and teachers

IFFR 2021
The 50th edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam will take place from 27 January to 7 February 2021.


Goodbye, Bero Beyer


IFFR 2020 was the last festival with Bero Beyer at the helm. The edition included memorable highlights, among them a screening of Crash with live musical score by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and a special black-and-white screening of Parasite by Bong Joon Ho, who also graced the festival with an insightful masterclass.
Rotterdam city council member Said Kasmi decorated Beyer with a 'Rotterdammert', the city's honorary medal, for what he has done for the city.

Tiger Award winner 2020


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Zheng Lu Xinyuan's The Cloud in Her Room takes home the festival's main prize.

Ammodo Tiger Short Awards


Winners are Ismaïl Bahri, Maïder Fortuné & Annie MacDonell, and Dorian Jespers.


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IFFR Pro AwardsSix awards were handed out to the most promising projects in the making.

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Talks & Masterclasses


Many of IFFR 2020's talks have been recorded. Watch them online!


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Listen to some IFFR podcasts


IFFR 2020 featured a dedicated radio & podcast corner. Several partners recorded their podcasts there, including Little White Lies and VPRO Cinema.

IFFR Unleashed


Streaming platform IFFR Unleashed has been integrated into, with new titles including Tiger Competition films Nasir and Piedra sola.


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Combining within its organisation the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Hubert Bals Fund and co-production market CineMart, IFFR offers a launching pad and supportive platform for innovative and talented independent filmmakers.



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