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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.


IFFR presents Short Film programme 2017 with 27 Shorts competing

Still from Information Skies by Daniel van der Velden & Vinca Kruk

46th International Film Festival Rotterdam
25 January – 5 February 2017



23 films confirmed for Tiger Competition for Short Films

As a central part of International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017, IFFR Short Film is a unique showcase of artists’ moving image and experimental film for works under 60 minutes. Shown on a variety of formats from 3D to 35mm film, it is a celebration of all forms of film and video.

The 2017 edition of IFFR Short Film presents 23 films in the Tiger Competition for Short Films, now in its 12th year, including new works by Laure Prouvost, Rosa Barba, Lawrence Abu HamdanBasim MagdySimon FujiwaraGao Yuan, Cécile B. Evans, Laura Kraning, Manuela de Laborde, Esther Urlus, Serge Onnen, Lois PatiñoSu Hui-yuMakino TakashiSebastian Diaz Morales and a 3D film by Omer Fast. Three winners will be selected by a jury of three, comprising Finnish artist Salla Tykkä, Dutch professor Patricia Pisters and Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator of International Art (Film) at Tate.
IFFR Short Film will also present two Short Profiles: a tribute to Taiwanese artist Su Hui-yu and a retrospective on Dutch artist Joost Rekveld. He will present his new film and installation, and with a performance he will be part of sound//vision – a four-night programme at club WORM in Rotterdam featuring live A/V performances. Turkish artist belit sağ and American filmmaker Jesse McLean will give presentations on their work.
Other highlights include new works by Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Phil Collins, eteam, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Anicka Yi, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Ismaïl Bahri, Rawane Nassif, James N. Kienitz WilkinsFrank Heath, Steve Reinke, Katarina Zdjelar and Laida Lertxundi.

With a selection of 10 mid-length films, all with a running time between 40 and 65 minutes, IFFR also spotlights the mid-length format, one of the most interesting, vibrant formats in current cinema. The programme Bright Future Mid-length (ML) is non-competitive, and the films are presented in solo-screenings – not as part of a combined programme – highlighting the idea that sometimes a film just takes as long as it takes. This year's line-up has new works by Simon Coulibaly GillardBenjamin KlintoeKerry TribeElise Florenty & Marcel TürkowskyClémentine Roy & Gústav Geir Bollason and Amir Yatziv.

Selection Tiger Competition for Short Films 2017
As Without So Within by Manuela de Laborde, USA/Mexico/UK, 25'
August by Omer Fast, Germany, 15', world premiere
Cloacinae by Serge Onnen & Sverre Fredriksen, Netherlands/China, 25', world premiere
El cuento de Antonia by Jorge Cadena, Colombia/Switzerland, 30', international premiere
Deletion by Esther Urlus, Netherlands, 11', world premiere
Fajr by Lois Patiño, Spain/Morocco, 12', world premiere
From Source to Poem by Rosa Barba, Germany, 12', world premiere
Fuddy Duddy by Siegfried A. Fruhauf, Austria, 5', international premiere
Holy God by Vladlena Sandy, Russia, 25', international premiere
Information Skies by Daniel van der Velden & Vinca Kruk, Netherlands/South Korea, 24', international premiere
Into All That Is Here by Laure Prouvost, Belgium/United Kingdom, 9', world premiere
Joanne by Simon Fujiwara, UK, 12', international premiere
Last Days of Leningrad by Maria Zennström, Sweden, 28' 
The Lost Object by Sebastian Diaz Morales, Netherlands, 13', world premiere
Lunar Dial by Gao Yuan, China, 15'
Meridian Plain by Laura Kraning, USA, 18', international premiere
No Shooting Stars by Basim Magdy, Egypt/Switzerland, 14', world premiere
Nyo vweta Nafta by Ico Costa, Portugal/Mozambique, 20', world premiere
On Generation and Corruption by Makino Takashi, Japan, 26', world premiere
Rubber Coated Steel by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Lebanon/UK, 21', world premiere
Sakhisona Prantik Basu, India 26', world premiere
Super Taboo by Su Hui-yu, Taiwan, 19', world premiere
What the Heart Wants by Cécile B. Evans, Germany/United Kingdom/Belgium/Australia, 41', world premiere

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is one of the biggest cultural events in the Netherlands and one of the biggest audience-based film festivals in the world, attracting large, diverse and adventurous audiences thanks to its wide-ranging programme of exceptional, original, hotly debated films. The festival offers a high quality line-up of carefully selected fiction and documentary feature films, short films and media art. IFFR actively supports new and adventurous filmmaking talent through numerous industry initiatives including co-production market CineMart, through the new BoostNL, its Hubert Bals Fund and Rotterdam Lab. IFFR takes place from Wednesday 25 January to Sunday 5 February 2017. More information on Official ticket sales start on Friday 20 January 2017.


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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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