After a jubilee edition that had to take place in two parts and online, the organizers of the Rotterdam festival hoped to be able to return to the in-person event for this 51st edition. Unfortunately, Omicron invited itself during the end of the year holidays and the organizers decided to migrate once again to online. The selection of films and the general program are still extremely interesting, and while 52 film titles are only available to the public on-demand in the Netherlands, from 26 January to 6 February 2022, the Talks can be followed from all over the world for free.
Festival director Vanja Kaludjercic underlines:
After the tough decision to move our festival online, we’ve curated a wonderful online selection for our audiences here in the Netherlands, whilst also ensuring that our competition lineups and the filmmakers who trusted us with their premieres will be given a platform within our Press & Industry Selection. When cinemas are allowed to open again, we will present competition titles on the big screen to our audiences later in the year.
Sections of the festival
IFFR’s flagship Tiger Competition is the festival’s platform for emerging film talent and features a selection of 14 titles.
The Big Screen Competition offers a wide-ranging selection, bridging the gap between popular, classic and arthouse cinema. This year, 10 titles have been selected.
IFFR has announced 16 short films selected for the Ammodo Tiger Short Competition.
Bright Future, a selection of discoveries for the future.
Echoing Rotterdam’s port city identity, Harbour – IFFR’s newest and largest festival program – offers a full range of contemporary cinema. Films by Mathieu Amalric, Miike Takashi, Tiger Award-winning filmmaker Jakrawal Nilthamrong, and more.
Limelight presents Avant-premieres of some of the cinematic highlights of the year: eagerly anticipated festival favorites and international award-winners. This year’s selection features films by Bruno Dumont, Gabriele Mainetti, Fabrice Du Welz, and Christophe Hermans, plus a Surprise Film.
IFFR Talks program will be made available worldwide on IFFR.com, and include Big Talks with American filmmaker, musician and author Amanda Kramer, French actor and director Mathieu Amalric and Thai cinematographer and this year’s Robby Müller Award recipient Sayombhu Mukdeeprom.
As usual, you will find a selection of j:mag reviews (in French) during the festival.
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