The IFFR Intermational Film Festival Rotterdam focused on recent work by talented new filmmakers, celebrates its 50th-anniversary edition with a mixed format, expressed locally, (inter)nationally, in-person and online as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be held in February and June combining a full programme of events, exhibitions and presentations.
The festival has already announced the programme and it starts 1 – 7 February, with physical and virtual screenings of its main competitions, Tiger Competition, Big Screen Competition and Limelight. Ainhoa Rodríguez's feature film Mighty Flash/Destello Bravío (Eddie Saeta, Tentación Cabiria) is competing in one of the most prestigious sections, the Tiger Competition.
Concurrently, IFFR Pro Days will also remain as part of the industry of the festival working for the filmmaking community and presenting new projects, offering an exciting professionals’ programme and networking opportunities. According to the agreement between Catalan Films & TV and the organisation, Montse Pujol and Marta Baldó have been selected to participate in Rotterdam Lab, which offers year-round guidance and support to all film professionals through structured funding, talent development, a strong co-production market and innovative conference programme.
What's more, the producer Diana Toucedo, who participated in REC's Festival Primer Test and won the Catalan Films' Award which lies in the opportunity of assisting to Cinemart's coproduction market with her project O auto das animas. We also underline Cinemart's selection with Carla Simón's new project, Romería.
IFFR will close its anniversary 2 – 6 June, with a festive celebration, including outdoor presentations and screenings in cinemas throughout the country. Connecting these two elements will be a dynamic array of physical and online events. In addition, the festival will also present its newest and largest programme Harbour for the first time, which represents the multidimensional nature of Rotterdam and its festival as a safe haven. Besides, another new section called Bright Future, will be opened, focused and dedicated to emerging film talent. The programme of June will be announced later on.