Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions site for Professionals. Please note that this FAQ list is meant specifically for film professionals; thus not all information is applicable to the general public.
When is the next International Film Festival Rotterdam?
The 43rd edition of IFFR takes place from 22 January to 2 February 2014.
When will the programme for the 43rd edition be announced?
The full programme of the 43rd edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam will be announced in the course of January 2014. It will be available on this website and in print form as a supplement to the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant.
What are the themes of the festival?
International Film Festival Rotterdam has no overall theme. However, there are several programme sections that recur every year, such as the Tiger Competitions for long and short films, Bright Future for upcoming filmmakers with first and second film projects, Spectrum and Signals. Each edition also contains a number of thematic sidebars.
What is CineMart?
The first co-production market of its kind, CineMart offers filmmakers the opportunity to launch their ideas to the international film industry and to find the right connections to get their projects launched. Launching about 35 new projects in need of additional financing, CineMart also heralds an important start of the 'film year'. The 31st edition of CineMart will take place at IFFR from 26 January to 29 January 2014. For more information about CineMart, please click here.
What is the Hubert Bals Fund?
The Hubert Bals Fund is an initiative of the International Film Festival Rotterdam that provides grants to remarkable cinema projects in various stages of completion. For more information about the Hubert Bals Fund, click here.
Are the festival venues wheelchair accessible?
The accessibility of the venues varies from location to location. A list of accessibility per location may be found on the Wheelchair access page. The list will be updated in January 2014.
What sort of weather should I expect during the Festival?
During the Festival period, Rotterdam temperatures typically hover just above the freezing point 1-5°C (34-42°F). Ice or snow is possible, so remember to bring appropriate footwear and warm clothing.
What is the best way to get around Rotterdam?
Rotterdam is a compact city well served by an efficient and inexpensive transportation system. Additionally, all the main festival venues are within easy walking distance of each other in the city center. We therefore recommend that you DO NOT rent a car as walking, public transport or taxis are appropriate options.
What can I do if the screenings I want to attend are fully booked?
Although the public screenings are also open to professionals (check at the Guest Box Office), these tend to be fully booked, so we strongly advise you to check the Press & Industry Screenings first. There is usually enough space at these Screenings to accommodate our professional guests, and you do not need to get a ticket for these screenings. Another option is the Video Library, where most festival titles are available for viewing.
Where can I check my email?
IFFR badge holders are welcome to the Business Center on the fourth floor of festival centre 'de Doelen' to use computers and, at your own expense, fax and photo copying facilities. You may also check your email in the Willem Burger Foyer of 'de Doelen'.
Is there anything special I should bring to Rotterdam?
Besides the normal paraphernalia that you would bring to any film festival or market, we also recommend that you take care to pack warm clothing and footwear and an umbrella in case of inclement weather.
Where should I stay in Rotterdam during the Festival?
Please refer to Hotels & Flights for more information about where to stay.
What else is there to do in Rotterdam besides the Festival?
Rotterdam is a modern cosmopolitan city with a stunning array of cultural and leisure opportunities. Please refer to the City Guide for more information.
I do not speak Dutch. Will that be a problem in the Netherlands?
Generally speaking, the Dutch possess a high English proficiency and can often also converse in other languages such as French and German. Most signs in the larger cities such as Rotterdam, Amsterdam and The Hague appears in both Dutch and English.
Are there any employment opportunities at International Film Festival Rotterdam?
At the moment there are no vacancies. To make an open application, please send a motivation letter and CV to email@example.com.
My question has not been answered yet. What do I do?
If you cannot find what you are looking for, please check our other FAQ pages first. For questions about entering your feature-length film, click here. For questions about the Hubert Bals fund, click here. For questions about CineMart, click here. If you still have any more questions, please use the search option in the top right corner of this website to find an answer or contact the festival.
How can I contact the festival?
Send mail to:
PO Box 21696
3001 AR Rotterdam
Send the express courier to:
Karel Doormanstraat 278-B
3012 GP Rotterdam
Call us at:
+31 10 890 90 90
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