International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020
Jan 22 – Feb 2, 2020

About Endlessness (Om det oändliga), Filmmaker Roy Andersson / Sweden, Germany, Norway, 2019

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) offers a high quality line-up of carefully selected fiction and documentary feature films, short films and media art. The festival’s focus is on recent work by talented new filmmakers.

In the Tiger Competition, an international jury chooses a winner from ten nominated films. The competition was founded in 1995 with the aim of discovering, raising the profile of and rewarding up-and-coming international film talent. The Tiger Award is accompanied by a €40,000 cash prize, to be shared between the director and producer of the winning film. A Special Jury Award worth €10,000 will also be presented for an exceptional artistic achievement within the competition. Equally important is the international recognition for the nominees and their works that a Tiger Competition nomination brings with it. The Tiger Awards are an indispensable backdrop for many filmmakers: it can be the final step to convince financiers to allow a next project.

 

About Endlessness (Om det oändliga), Filmmaker Roy Andersson / Sweden, Germany, Norway, 2019

Sacrifice (Aahuti), Filmmaker Lubdhak Chatterjee/ India, 2019

Adoration, Filmmaker Fabrice Du Welz / Belgium, France, 2019

Armour, Filmmaker Sandro Aguilar / Portugal, Canada, 2020

Antigone, Filmmaker Sophie Deraspe / Canada, 2019

At the Time of the Ebb, Filmmaker Alia Farid / Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, 2019

Nine brand new and powerful films have been selected for the Big Screen Competition, in which an audience jury will award one of the films with the VPRO Big Screen Award. The prize, a collaboration between IFFR, VPRO and NPO, is worth €30,000 and guarantees a local theatrical release as well as screening on Dutch public television.

New works by prominent filmmakers as well as a debut feature make up the diverse selection of the Big Screen Competition. Each of the nominated films deserves a place on the big screen beyond the framework of the festival. The VPRO Big Screen Award offers a cash prize of €30,000 – half of which goes to the filmmaker and the other half goes towards the winning film’s release.

 

Babyteeth, Filmmaker Shannon Murphy / Australia, 2019

Air Conditioner (Ar condicionado), Filmmaker Fradique / Angola, 2020

All This Victory (Jeedar el sot), Filmmaker Ahmad Ghossein / Lebanon, France, 2019

Birds (Or How to Be One), Filmmaker Babis Makridis / Greece, 2020

Mosquito, Filmmaker João Nuno Pinto / Portugal, France, Brazil, 2020

Szeemann and Lenin Crossing the Alps, Filmmaker Rudolf Herz / Germany, 2020

Elsewhere, Everywhere (Ailleurs, Partout), Filmmaker Vivianne Perelmuter, Isabelle Ingold / Belgium, 2020

The 2020 selection features among others the world premiere of Eden, the third feature film by Agnes Koscis, following her prior features Fresh Air (IFFR 2007) and Adrienn Pál (IFFR 2011). Teddy Award winner Marco Berger will present the world premiere of his newest film El cazador. The selection also includes the most recent works of two filmmakers who have previously been part of the Tiger Competition: Sophie Letourneur (La vie au Rauch, IFFR 2010) and Chang Tso-chi (Ah Chung, IFFR 1997) will celebrate the international premieres of respectively Énorme and Synapses in the Big Screen Competition.

Other competitions include Ammodo Tiger Short Competition, and the Bright Future Competition which comprises a selection of around fifteen debut feature-length films from all over the world, presented at IFFR in world or international premiere.

 

You Know Him (Nasipse adayiz), Filmmaker Ercan Kesal / Turkey, Serbia, 2020

Beanpole (Dylda), Filmmaker Kantemir Balagov / Russia, 2019

Vando vulgo vedita, Filmmaker Leonardo Mouramateus, Andréia Pires / Brazil, 2017

Eden, Filmmaker Ágnes Kocsis / Hungary, Romania, 2020

You Will Die at Twenty (Satamoto fel eshreen), Filmmaker Amjad Abu Alala / France, Egypt, Norway, Germany, Sudan,2019

Water and Salt (Água e sal), Filmmaker Luisa Mello / Belgium, Brazil, 2020

Absolute Beginners, Filmmaker Fabrizio Terranova / Belgium, 2019

Other program highlights include Deep Focus which explores the world of cinema through compilations, retrospectives and various other formats: Film art cultivated in all its variety. Within this program can be found Frameworks – Major voices from the art world share and discuss their work, and advance new projects by emerging artists; Signatures – Familiar faces from the world of film: new work from established filmmakers, auteurs and festival veterans; Regained – Drawing upon cinematic memories: restored classics, films about film(makers), experimental works and installations; and Deep Focus Short, among others.

With nearly 330,000 admissions and over 2,400 film professionals attending (over 320 of whom are filmmakers), IFFR is one of the largest audience and industry-driven film festivals in the world. The festival’s Official Selection includes more than 500 feature, mid-length, and short films from over 50 countries and also offering a high-quality line-up of exhibitions, performances, masterclasses and talks.

 

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020
The 49th Edition / IFFR
January 22 – February 2, 2020 / IFFR, Rotterdam
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