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International Film Festival Rotterdam

Jan 23 to Feb 3, 2013

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

What’s It All About?

The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is one of the largest audience-driven film festivals in the world, with a focus on innovative filmmaking by talented newcomers and established auteurs. The festival, now in its 42nd year, is held across cinema halls in Rotterdam and almost shares the same stature as popular festival like Cannes, Locarno Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival.

IFFR offers a high quality line-up of carefully selected fiction and documentary feature films, shorts films and media art. The festival’s competitions, as well as Bright Future and Spectrum sections, contain recent work only, among these many world premieres. In its Signals section, IFFR presents retrospectives and themed programmes. The festival actively supports new and adventurous filmmaking talent through its co-production market CineMart, its Hubert Bals Fund, Rotterdam Lab and Industry Office activities.

Watch Out For!

Opening Film

The Resurrection Of A Bastard

The IFFR will open with the world premiere of The Resurrection of a Bastard by Dutch director Guido van Driel. The cast features Yorick van Wageningen, Goua Robert Grovogui, Juda Goslinga and the late Jeroen Willems. The film is produced by Topkapi Films in co-production with Menuet and VPRO will be released in The Netherlands by A-Film. The project was presented at Rotterdam’s CineMart in 2010.

Among the other screenings, The Master will also be screened. It is the latest film by director, writer and producer Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, Magnolia). The film features Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix.

The prestigious Hivos Tiger Awards Competition is IFFR’s centrepiece.

Hivos Tiger Award winners not only receive a trophy and € 15,000, they also gain international recognition. The complete line-up of the 15 first or second feature-length films concurring for the three equal Hivos Tiger Awards will be presented by January 8.

As part of the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition 2013, seven films have been shortlisted. Among these nominees, four have been supported by IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund.

The first seven films that will be competing in the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition 2013 are:

• Noche (Night)

• Penumbra

• It Felt Like Love

• Larzanandeye charbi (Fat Shaker)

• Halley

• Soldate Jeannette (Soldier Jane)

• 36

Bright Future

In Bright Future, IFFR presents idiosyncratic and adventurous new work by novice filmmakers. The section consists of first or second feature films only.

Some of the films in this category include:

• Miss Lovely

• 90 Minutes

• Blancanieves

• Kern

• Ship Of Theseus

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