IFFR’s reaction to incident Jip Jurg

For the closing weekend of its 2018 edition, International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) assigned a new security company at Theater Rotterdam Schouwburg to ensure the safety of festival visitors. IFFR acted promptly after a police investigation was initiated into the possible involvement of security guards in the death of the 32-year-old man Jip Jurg.

According to a police press release, three security guards working at the venue were involved in an altercation with Jurg, who was found dead in his home on Sunday 28 January. One security guard is now being investigated as the main suspect.

Managing director Janneke Staarink: “In agreement with the security agency present that evening, we hired a new security agency to guarantee the safety of guests and visitors at the Theater Rotterdam Schouwburg. We are awaiting the outcome of the running investigation before taking decisions about the future.”

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International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) – one of the largest cultural events in the Netherlands, and one of the biggest audience-oriented film festivals in the world – offers a high quality line-up of fiction and documentary feature films, short films, exhibitions, performances, masterclasses and talkshows. IFFR actively supports new and adventurous filmmaking talent through numerous industry initiatives including co-production market CineMart, through the BoostNL and Propellor initiatives, its Hubert Bals Fund and Rotterdam Lab. IFFR takes place from Wednesday 23 January to Sunday 3 February 2019. More information can be found at IFFR.com.