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International Film Festival Rotterdam

Hubert Bals Fund announces winners Fall 2012 Selection Round

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      The Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has selected twenty-five film projects that receive grants for script development, digital production, postproduction, distribution or workshops. In its Fall 2012 selection round, the Fund gives 330,000 Euro to projects from seventeen Asian, Eastern European, Latin-American and African countries. (See full list below)   From many strong applications for workshop initiatives, the Hubert Bals Fu...

World premiere 'The Resurrection of a Bastard' opens IFFR 2013

  Wednesday 23 January, the world premiere of 'De wederopstanding van een klootzak' ('The Resurrecntion of a Bastard') by Guido van Driel (The Netherlands) opens the 42nd International Film Festival Rotterdam. Van Driel’s fiction feature début, also selected for the festival’s Hivos Tiger Awards Competition, stars Yorick van Wageningen ('The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'), Goua Robert Grovogui and Juda Goslinga. Recently deceased Dutch actor Jero...

Rotterdam Festival and CineMart to add prizes and Competition

The International Film Festival Rotterdam introduces a new Competition. Aimed to support the distribution of films in Dutch cinemas, The Big Screen Award Competition will include ten very recent films with no Benelux distributor confirmed. The Big Screen Award will be awarded by an Audience Jury. The Dutch Circle of Film Critics (KNF) Jury will choose their winner among these ten films as well. Both prizes come with a guaranteed distribution offer for the Benelux, in collaboration with local d...

Rotterdam’s Signals to include Changing Channels and tribute to Kira Muratova

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International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) adds two programs to Signals, its section of thematic and topical programs. The festival honours Kira Muratova  with a full retrospective of her features and short films. The second addition to Signals is ‘Changing Channels’, a program about episodic storytelling featuring new television work and web-based series directed by filmmakers. The full program of IFFR 2013 will be available on www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com by Thursday 17 Jan...

Successful first festival puts Curaçao on the film map

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The well-attended, first ever Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam has put Willemstad well and truly on the map in terms of film watching and film making. During the four days of the festival, 7,000 visitors made their way to The Cinemas in Otrobanda, a regional top result. Festival instigator Fundashon Bon Intenshon and co-organiser the International Film Festival Rotterdam aim to hold the film festival again next year. The second Curaçao IFFR will then take place from 28 to 31 ...

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Director: Wang Jing (Breakfast); Anocha Suwichakornpong (Lunch); Kaz Cai (Dinner).
3 Asian Female Directors 3 Stories of Love in 3 Asian Cities Synopsis Helmed by three female directors, this omnibus features three films set in China, Thailand and Singapore respectively. Each story occurs at a specific mealtime, and seeks to interpret the frailties and complexities of love through different Asian perspectives. All three stories are tethered with the question, “Will you marry me?” Mirroring the repasts themselves, Breakfast and Dinner are heavier in tone, while Lunch is light with a sprinkle of humor.

First Curaçao IFFR opens 29 March with Marley

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Fundashon Bon Intenshon is proud to present the first edition of the Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam (Curaçao IFFR). From Thursday 29 March until Sunday 1 April 2012, Curaçao IFFR presents a strong selection of twenty-seven feature length films (both documentary and fiction) as well as eleven short films from around the world in the new six-screen multiplex theatre The Cinemas, located in the Otrobanda district of Willemstad. The festival programme, made in collaboration with th...

Monsieur Lazhar wins Audience Award in Rotterdam

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The UPC Audience Award of the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012 goes to Philippe Falardeau’s MONSIEUR LAZHAR (Canada, 2011). The award comes with prize money of 10,000 Euro.The Dioraphte Award (also 10,000 Euro) for the highest-scoring film in the audience poll among the seventeen festival films made with support from the Hubert Bals Fund was won by GOODBYE by Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof.IFFR 2012 counted 274,000 visits to films, exhibitions, performances and events. The first...

Jury’s award films from the IFFR Rotterdam 2012 program

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During the IFFR 2012 Awards Ceremony on Friday, February 3, 2012 in festival venue de Doelen, the winning films of the 41st International Film Festival Rotterdam were announced. The three Hivos Tiger Awards were granted to feature débuts Egg and Stone by Huang Ji (China), Hubert Bals Fund-supported film Thursday Till Sunday by Dominga Sotomayor (Chile/Netherlands) and Clip by Maja Miloš (Serbia), which also took the KNF Award of the Dutch film critics. Hubert Bals Fund-supported and competin...

Andrew Haigh’s Weekend is young people’s jury favorite in Rotterdam

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British film Weekend by Andrew Haigh (UK, 2011), selected in IFFR’s Bright Future section, has won the MovieSquad IFFR Award. The young people’s jury announced the winning film during the International Film Festival Rotterdam this afternoon during the MovieSquad Award Ceremony. The MovieSquad jury consisted of five members aged 15 to 19 years: Nick Golterman, Manon Keus, Symen Hoogesteger, Juliette van den Dorpel en Roxanne Doorn. They have seen films, met directors and journalists an...

Short films awarded at Rotterdam Fest

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Short films awarded at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012Monday 30 January, Makino Takashi’s GENERATOR (Japan), Mati Diop’s BIG IN VIETNAM (France) and Jeroen Eijsinga’s SPRINGTIME (Netherlands) were awarded the three equal Tiger Awards for Short Films 2012. The jury gave a Special Jury Mention to Charlotte Lim Lay Kuen for her short film I’M LISA (Malaysia).The International Film Festival Rotterdam short film nominee for the European Film Awards 2012 is IM FREIEN (IN THE OPEN) b...

IFFR presents 196 short films in Spectrum Shorts

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam has selected 196 short films from more than 3,500 submissions for its main programme Spectrum Shorts, which can be seen from Thursday 26 through Monday 30 January in LantarenVenster. This year, Spectrum Shorts encompasses no less than 42 world premières; many of these films that have been made by young filmmakers and video artists from all over the world. Short films can also be seen in the IFFR's Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films; screening in...

FFR opens with 38 Témoins and closes with The Hunter

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Wednesday January 25, the world premiere of Lucas Belvaux’s 38 Témoins (38 Witnesses, France), starring Yvan Attal, Sophie Quinton and Nicole Garcia, opens the 41st edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam; the festival closes on February 4 with the screening of Daniel Nettheim’s The Hunter (Australia) – a former CineMart project - starring Willem Dafoe, Frances O’Connor and Sam Neill. Opening Night Film for invited guest: 38 Témoins In 38 Témoins, Louis...

Rotterdam Film Festival's Spectrum line up

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The festival's Spectrum section keeps tabs on global cinema screening recent highlights from the international festival circuit and other impressive and contemporary works. In total, Spectrum is made up of seventy-two features and documentaries from thirty-two countries, among which eight films supported by IFFR's Hubert Bals Fund. Sixteen of the Spectrum films will be world premières, including those by Pat Holden, Daniel Rosenfeld, Garin Nugroho, Miike Takashi, Davide Manuli, Ian Olds &...

Torres Leivas pays homage to Raúl Ruiz

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  For the past three years, a special leader has been made for the Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) to be screened at the IFFR ahead of films made possible with support from the HBF. To make these leaders, the HBF approaches filmmakers who received support from the Fund early on in their careers. These filmmakers are then given complete artistic freedom to make a leader. Following on from Lisandro Alonso and Raya Martin, this year it is the turn of Chilean director José Luis Torres Leiva. ...

International Film Festival Rotterdam attracts filmmakers from around the globe

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  The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) welcomes some 2,500 professional guests this year. Filmmakers expected to attend include Michel Gondry, Wang Xiaoshuai, Lucas Belvaux, Miike Takashi, Mohammad Rasoulof, Tsukamoto Shinya, Aki Kaurismäki, Andrea Arnold, Steve McQueen, Julió Bressane, Kobayashi Masahiro, Eric Khoo, Bouli Lanners, Ruben Östlund and Garin Nugroho as well as some 250 other filmmakers. Actors expected to attend include Sophie Quinton and ...

International Film Festival Rotterdam attracts filmmakers from around the globe

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) welcomes some 2,500 professional guests this year. Filmmakers expected to attend include Michel Gondry, Wang Xiaoshuai, Lucas Belvaux, Miike Takashi, Mohammad Rasoulof, Tsukamoto Shinya, Aki Kaurismäki, Andrea Arnold, Steve McQueen, Julió Bressane, Kobayashi Masahiro, Eric Khoo, Bouli Lanners, Ruben Östlund and Garin Nugroho as well as some 250 other filmmakers. Actors expected to attend include Sophie Quinton and Nicole Garcia, for their role...

Fifteen films competing for IFFR's Tiger Awards 2012

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Fifteen films have been selected for IFFR's Tiger Awards Competition 2012. The complete lineup, comprising first or second feature films concurring for three equal Hivos Tiger Awards of each 15,000 euro, includes eight world premieres. Five competing films have received support from Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals Fund.The Rotterdam Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films 2012 comprises twenty-one films, ranging in length from five to fifty-six minutes. Nine short films in competition will see their ...

New films by renowned filmmakers in IFFR’s Spectrum

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In its main section Spectrum, the International Film Festival Rotterdam screens films by experienced directors and maestros of artistic and experimental cinema. In total, Spectrum is made up of seventy-two features and documentaries from thirty-two countries, among which six films supported by IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund. The full Spectrum title list is available here.Sixteen of the Spectrum films will be world premières, including those by Pat Holden (UK); Daniel Rosenfeld (Argentina); Garin Nug...

Some experiences outside the screening room in Rotterdam Fest

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IFFR’s For Real offers cinematic experiences outside the screening roomThe theme programme For Real, part of International Film Festival Rotterdam’s main section Signals, presents a series of cinematic experiences outside the screening room. Festival visitors participate not only as an extra or actor, but may even become a filmmaker in the HOME MOVIE FACTORY by Michel Gondry. Another spectacular event within For Real is EYE TRAP in which the Metropole Orchestra plays a soundtrack, composed f...

CineMart 2012 presents 36 film projects

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CineMart, the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s co-production market has selected 36 film projects (from 465 entries) which will be presented to approximately 850 potential co-financiers. Reputed filmmakers such as Kelly Reichardt, Ruben Östlund, Quintin Dupieux, Athina Rachel Tsangari and Úrszula Antoniak will launch their new projects. The selection further includes feature length débuts, a project from a director with a film in Tiger Awards Competition and films participating in th...

IFFR brings Gondry's Home Movie Factory to Rotterdam

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam announced today it is bringing the successful interactive installation "Home Movie Factory" by French filmmaker Michel Gondry to the Netherlands. Following the example of Jack Black and Mos Def in Gondry's film BE KIND, REWIND (2008), the installation gives participants the opportunity and resources to make a short film in under three hours. Gondry will open the installation in Rotterdam on 26 January 2012 and it will run until 5 March 2012. ...

IFFR appoints Bianca Taal as programmer for 2012 edition

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam has appointed Bianca Taal as programmer for its upcoming edition. Bianca will oversee the 2012 selection of feature length films from Greece, Turkey, Israel, Iran and the Arab world. She is also a member of the CineMart Selection Committee. After finishing her Film and Television Studies at the University of Utrecht, Bianca Taal started working with the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2001 as a staff member of the Hubert Bals Fund and ...

IFFR appoints programmers Inge de Leeuw and Evgeny Gusyatinskiy

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam has appointed two new festival programmers. Inge de Leeuw (the Netherlands) will select films from the English-speaking world and Evgeny Gusyatinskiy (Russia) from Russia, Central and Eastern Europe. Festival director Rutger Wolfson on the appointments: “Having contributed vigorously to the success and character of the IFFR for many years, programmers Erwin Houtenbrink, Ludmila Cvikova and Irma Dulmers have left the festival. The enormous range of fil...

Rotterdam fest will organise a new film festival on Curaçao

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On 7 June 2011, the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) and the Fundashon Bon Intenshon signed a partnership agreement sealing their organisation of a four-day film festival in Willemstad on Curaçao in 2012. The first edition of the new festival will take place from Thursday 29 March – Sunday 1 April 2012 under the name ‘Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam’. Curaçao IFFR’s main location will be The Cinemas, the new six-screen complex in the Otrobanda area of Willems...
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