Magazine article Screen International

International Film Festival Rotterdam to Streamline Programme; Eight Titles Revealed

Magazine article Screen International

International Film Festival Rotterdam to Streamline Programme; Eight Titles Revealed

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International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has shaken up its programme structure ahead of its 45th edition (Jan 27-Feb 7) and named eight titles selected for the line-up including Jerzy Skolimowski's 11 Minutes, Alexander Sokurov's Francofonia and Steve Oram's Aaaaaaaah!.

The programme, which was previously split between 14 sections, has been streamlined into four strands: Bright Future, Voices, Deep Focus and Perspectives.

New festival director Bero Beyer said the change was made to "provide more context and clarity for visitors to the festival".

"In recent years, IFFR has found a good balance between the number of films shown and the breadth of the cinematic spectrum," said Beyer.

"Every festival has to strike the right balance to deliver quality programming and generate the right kind of attention for each film it shows, long or short. Our task now is to provide more context and clarity for visitors to the festival.

"The four clear sections we have created each have their own atmosphere, style, colour and tone. This allows visitors and film professionals alike to better decide how they want to be surprised, entertained or challenged."

It marks the latest change implemented under Beyer, who was named as the replacement for Rutger Wolfson in May.

Beyer's first major change was reducing the number of competition titles from 15 to eight and consolidating the prize money it offers from three equal awards of euro15,000 to a single Hivos Tiger Award worth euro40,000.

As previously announced, the first of eight films to be selected for the Hivos Tiger Competition is History's Future, by director and artist Fiona Tan.

The four programme sections are:

BRIGHT FUTURE

The Bright Future section is for films by makers who enrich the cinematographic landscape with highly individual, innovative work. These are often talented, young, up-and-coming directors who are developing their own style and vision, which involves taking risks with original, often daring work. The festival's flagship Hivos Tiger Awards Competition is part of Bright Future. …

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