The International Film Festival Rotterdam offers a quality selection of worldwide independent, innovative and experimental cinema and visual arts. Devoted to actively supporting independent filmmaking from around the globe, IFFR is the essential hub in Holland for discovering film talent, for catching premieres, and for exploring its competitions, main sections of recent feature films, short films and documentaries, visual arts exhibitions, theme sections and debates.
During twelve festival days, hundreds of filmmakers and other artists present their work to a large and devoted audience in 24 screening venues located within central Rotterdam. Up to 3,000 press and film industry representatives visit the festival to report and catch the buzz on its premieres or to take part in CineMart, the largest co-production market for film projects. The 36th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam takes place from January 24 up to and including Sunday February 4, 2007. Within the festival, CineMart takes place from January 28 till February 1, 2007.
The main programme sections of the 36th International Film Festival Rotterdam include:
Tiger Awards Competition for first or second feature films
Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films
Cinema of the Future: Sturm und Drang (innovative films by upcoming talent)
Cinema of the World: Time & Tide (socially and culturally committed filmmaking including a rich harvest of new films supported by the festival's Hubert Bals Fund)
Maestros: Kings & Aces (films by the accomplished maestros of auteur cinema)
Cinema Regained (independent or avant-garde film classics, documentaries on film)
Short: As Long As It Takes (short film section, January 25-29, 2007)
Filmmakers and Artist in Focus
Exploding Cinema (exhibitions of film-related arts installations)
In addition, the 36th IFFR will present special theme sections.
The festival programme will be (in both Dutch and English) online January 18, 2007 on this site and within The Netherlands in print form as a Dutch language supplement to national daily newspaper de Volkskrant. Tickets are available online starting Friday night January 19. From Saturday January 20, tickets will be available at the festival box office in'de Doelen' (entrance Kruisplein, Rotterdam). From mid-December 2006, filmfestivalrotterdam.com offers festival news and programme section descriptions. Festival tickets are 8 Euro each or 5 Euro for'Tijgerpas'-holders. The'Tijgerpas' is available from the festival box office for 20 Euro (or 10 Euro for holders of CJP, OV Studentenkaart or Rotterdampas).
The International Film Festival Rotterdam actively supports, on an international level, the realization of auteur cinema, the expertise of independent filmmakers, producers and film criticism. To these goals, the festival organises its international co-production outfit CineMart, its Hubert Bals Fund giving financial support to film projects from developing or southern countries, trainee projects (Rotterdam Lab and IFFR Trainee Project for Young Film Critics, Passions and Promises) and debates.
On a national level, the festival promotes the distribution and knowledge of independent cinema in collaboration with Dutch arthouse film theatres (Tigers on Tour) and Dutch public television networks NPS and VPRO, as well as the festival's DVD label Tiger Releases. Since January 2005, the festival hosts Tigeronline.nl, a video on demand website. On a national, regional and local level, the festival organises educational activities for university and college students (Rotterdam Film Course, Meet the Maestro and Filmblik Rotterdam).
The International Film Festival Rotterdam is subsidized by the national and local government. For theme sections, collaborations with other Rotterdam cultural institutions and special projects, the festival receives donations from private funds. Ultimately, the festival would not be possible without its large festival audience, hundreds of volunteers and support from its festival sponsors.