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
IFFR logo
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 locations

The Pathé cinema at Schouwburgplein

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 Doelen

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 Theater

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 Schouwburg

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 Venster

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 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.[8]

YearFilmOriginal titleDirectorCountry
1995PostmanYouchaiJianjun He China
How Old Is the River?Fuyu no kappaKazama Shiori Japan
Thalassa, Thalassa, Ruckkehr Zum MmerThalassa, ThalassaBogdan Dumitrescu Germany
1996SonsErziZhang Yuan China
Like Grains of SandNagisa no ShindobaddoRyōsuke Hashiguchi Japan
Small FacesGillies MacKinnon United Kingdom
1997Last HolidayPosledniye kanikulyAmir Karakulov Kazakhstan
The Day a Pig Fell into the WellDaijiga umule pajinnalHong Sang-soo South Korea
Robinson in SpacePatrick Keiller United Kingdom
1998ButtonersKnoflíkáriPetr Zelenka Czech Republic
Round the Moons Between Earth and SeaGiro di lune tra terra e mareGiuseppe Gaudino Italy
The InheritorsDie SiebtelbauernStefan Ruzowitzky Austria
1999The Iron Heel of OligarchyZheleznaya pyata oligarkhiiAlexander Bashirov Russia
More Than YesterdayPlus qu'hier moins que demainLaurent Achard France
FollowingChristopher Nolan United Kingdom
2000Suzhou RiverSuzhou heYe Lou China
Crane WorldMundo GrúaPablo Trapero Argentina
Bye Bye Blue BirdKatrin Ottarsdottír Denmark
2001Bad CompanyMabudachiFurumaya Tomoyuki Japan
The Days BetweenIn den Tag hineinMaria Speth Germany
25 WattsJuan Pablo Rebella & Pablo Stoll Uruguay
2002Sleeping RoughTussenlandEugenie Jansen Netherlands
Everyday God Kisses Us on the MouthÎn fiecare zi Dumnezeu ne saruta pe guraSinişa Dragin Romania
Wild BeesDivoké vcelyBohdan Sláma Czech Republic
2003With Love. LilyaS lyubovyu. LilyaLarisa Sadilova Russia
StrangeExtrañoSantiago Loza Argentina
Jealousy Is My Middle NameJiltuneun naui himPark Chan-ok South Korea
2004The MissingBu jianKang-sheng Lee Taiwan
Summer in the Golden ValleyLjeto u zlatnoj doliniSrđan Vuletić Bosnia-Herzegovina
En RouteUnterwegsJan Krüger Germany
2005Changing DestinyNemmeno il destinoDaniele Gaglianone Italy
4ChetyreIlya Khrzhanovsky Russia
The Sky TurnsEl cielo giraMercedes Álvarez Spain
2006Walking on the Wild SideLai xiao ziHan Jie China
The Dog PoundLa perreraManuel Nieto Zas Uruguay
Old JoyKelly Reichardt United States
2007Love Conquers AllTan Chui Mui Malaysia
The UnpolishedDie UnerzogenenPia Marais Germany
Bog of BeastsBaixio das BestasClaudio Assis Brazil
AFRMorten Hartz Kaplers Denmark
2008Go With Peace JamilGå med fred Jamil - Ma salama JamilOmar Shargawi Denmark
Wonderful Town(เมืองเหงาซ่อนรัก)Aditya Assarat Thailand
Flower in the PocketLiew Seng Tat Malaysia
2009Be Calm and Count to SevenAram bash va ta hatf beshmarRamtin Lavafipour Iran
BreathlessDdongpariYang Ik-june South Korea
Wrong RosaryUzak ihtimalMahmut Fazil Coskun Turkey
2010Cold Water of the SeaAgua fría de marPaz Fábrega Costa Rica
AlamarTo the SeaPedro González-Rubio Mexico
Mundane HistoryJao nok krajok (เจ้านกกระจอก)Anocha Suwichakornpong Thailand
2011The Journals of MusanMusanilgiPark Jung-bum South Korea
FinisterraeSergio Caballero Spain
EternityTee rak (ที่รัก)Sivaroj Kongsakul Thailand
2012KlipClipMaja Miloš Serbia
Thursday Till SundayDe jueves a domingoDominga Sotomayor Castillo Chile
Egg and StoneJidan he shitouJi Huang China
2013My Dog KillerMôj pes KillerMira Fornay Slovakia
 Czech Republic
Soldier JaneSoldate JeannetteDaniel Hoesl Austria
Fat ShakerLarzanandeye charbiMohammad Shirvani Iran
2014Anatomy of a Paper ClipYamamori clip koujo no atariIkeda Akira Japan
Something Must BreakNånting måste gå sönderEster Martin Bergsmark Sweden
Han Gong-juHan Gong-juLee Su-jin South Korea
2015The Project of the CenturyLa obra del sigloCarlos M. Quintela Argentina
Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes)Juan Daniel F. Molero Peru
Vanishing PointJakrawal Nilthamrong Thailand
2016Radio DreamsBabak Jalali Iran
 United States
2017Sexy DurgaSanal Kumar Sasidharan India
2018The Widowed Witch[9]Xiao gua fu cheng xian jiCai Chengjie China
2019Present.PerfectWan mei jin xing shiShengze Zhu Hong Kong


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