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IFFR 2024 recordED strong visitor numbers during impactful edition

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M. Raihan Halim’s progressive and provocative Malaysian comedy La Luna brought the 2024 edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) to a close, receiving a resounding ovation at packed screens for its European premiere.

The festival recorded 253,500 visits across its programme of 424 films, including 183 world premieres, complemented with a variety of multi-disciplinary programmes including Art Directions, IFFR Talks and more. Highlights from the Talks programme included Sandra Hüller, Marco Bellocchio, Billy Woodberry and Amanda Kramer with Debbie Harry who stated that “film festivals are such an important part for directors and filmmakers, especially for independence”, chiming strongly with IFFR’s mission of championing independent filmmakers and artists, creating space for dialogue and expanding people’s views of the world and each other.

The festival also presented its final prize with Agnieszka Holland’s Green Border winning the Audience Award. As previously announced, Tanaka Toshihiko’s Rei won IFFR’s coveted Tiger Award, while the Iranian drama The Old Bachelor (dir. Oktay Baraheni) on the VPRO Big Screen Award.

IFFR 2024 winners celebrate  

Festival Director Vanja Kaludjercic: “This edition we saw with great pleasure how our discoveries found their audiences. From the joy of our opening night, to the excitement of welcoming superstars and cinematic giants, to witnessing the blossoming of future greats like the Tiger Award winner, there was a special atmosphere at the festival this edition. We take pride in making a programme that foregrounds the unexpected and unique – and that challenges and enriches. Our Focus programmes, like the first-of-their kind retrospectives on Chilean cinema in exile, Italian genre masters Manetti Bros. and Hong Kong provocateur Scud stand as a testament to that and the spaces we create. As we look ahead, we see that our ideas and aspirations connect strongly with the audience, strengthening us for the years to come.”

Managing Director Clare Stewart: “We are thrilled that, despite a reduction in scale to match our resources, the 53rd edition of IFFR has maintained its public reach, exceeded ticket sales targets and increased our overall occupancy rate to 75%. This affirms our strategic focus on ‘impact over scale’ and puts us in a great position to continue the recalibration of IFFR for future years. 

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Latest RTM Pitch winner announced as IFFR 2025 dates confirmed

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54st International Film Festival Rotterdam
30 January – 9 February 2025



Researcher and filmmaker Sharine Rijsenburg will receive €20,000 towards the production of her Afrofuturistic project Bubbling Baby.


With IFFR 2025 confirmed to take place from Thursday 30 January to Sunday 9 February 2025, International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) announces the winner of its latest RTM Pitch. Bubbling, a cultural movement fusing dance, rhythm and electronic music born out of Rotterdam’s Afro-Caribbean community in the 1990s, is the focus of a documentary project awarded a grant of €20,000 by International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) together with the municipality of Rotterdam.

Researcher and filmmaker Sharine Rijsenburg will explore Bubbling culture as having both a deep imprint on the city’s identity whilst being simultaneously undervalued. As the winner of the RTM Pitch, the project will receive expert guidance and aims to premiere at IFFR 2025.

Sharine Rijsenburg: “I started as a Young Selector at IFFR in 2019, and it feels like a dream to make my own film for the RTM programme now, five years later. For me, Bubbling Baby is a film about how we in Rotterdam, as a multicultural metropolis, celebrate, remember and appreciate our night culture. The Bubbling subculture shows a history that has helped shape Rotterdam’s identity, yet has remained invisible. With this fil


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Winners of the IFFR 2024 Tiger Award and VPRO Big Screen Award announced.
Rei and The Old Bachelor take top IFFR 2024 awards International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) announces the 2024 winners from its two feature competitions: the Tiger Competition and the Big Screen Competition. The prizes were handed out during the IFFR Awards Ceremony on Friday 2 February, along with the FIPRESCI, NETPAC and Youth Jury awards.          ...


IFFR Pro winners announced at CineMart 2024
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IFFR Pro winners announced at CineMart 2024

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Seven awards handed out during the 2024 edition of IFFR’s co-production market CineMart

Seven awards were handed out to projects presented at the 41st edition of IFFR’s co-production market CineMart during the IFFR Pro Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 30 January, which was co-hosted together with Catalan Films. The winners were selected from the 16 features and 4 immersive projects in development presented at CineMart alongside the 4 features and 2 immersive projects nearing completion that participated in the second edition of the Darkroom work-in-progress programme.

Head of IFFR Pro (a.i.) Alessia Acone: “The variety of projects on offer at our co-production market has never been richer, not only in terms of the diversity of stories and their countries of origin, but also in their mediums and production stages. Our immersive media projects have become a vital part of the market, as has Darkroom which returned this year to offer a crucial forum for works-in-progress as they near completion. In the ever-evolving landscape of film and media, IFFR Pro is a platform tuned into the needs of the industry, one that fosters the avant-garde, the visionary and the groundbreaking. We thank all of our partners for their support that allows this to happen.”


IFFR Pro 2024 winners


IFFR Pro Days 2024

The IFFR Pro Days 2024 officially conclude on Wednesday 31 January, following a full programme that included welcoming over 100 emerging professionals for four talent development initiatives: Rotterdam Lab, Creative Producer Indaba, BoostNL and Launchpad. For the first time, five producers were selected for Rotterdam Lab from an open call which sought to further expand the plurality of voices, background and experience within the cohort, bringing the group to 70 producers. 

The Pro Hub presented nine different Pro Dialogues industry panels that explored issues facing filmmakers and the industry, from impact producing (together with ACE Producers) to African film criticism and genre filmmaking. The Hubert Bals Fund was active throughout the festival, running a closed think tank and offering advice and informal guidance to filmmaking talent. 

IFFR Pro 2024 winners in full:

4DR Studios Award
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