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52th International Film Festival Rotterdam

25 January - 5 February 2023

Rotterdam, 27 October 2022

IFFR plans full return to cinemas and announces first titles for 2023 edition

Bright Future and Limelight titles first to be announced as plans take shape for 52nd edition.

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) announces the first titles for its next full in-person edition from 25 January to 5 February 2023. The festival is set to welcome audiences with a complete programme of features, shorts, focus programmes, installations, performances and more. Industry, press and education activities will once again take place throughout Rotterdam with the heart of the festival at ‘de Doelen’. Bright Future and Limelight are the first programme sections to have confirmed titles in the lineup. 

Bright Future 

The first titles in the Bright Future programme, dedicated to young and emerging film talent, are announced. A supernatural virus spreads across Sri Lanka in Jagath Manuwarna’s powerfully satirical debut feature Whispering Mountains, which has its world premiere in Rotterdam. Likewise Umut Subasi world premieres his Istanbul-set deadpan dramedy Almost Entirely a Slight Disaster. A rural Kenyan village gives the name to Angela Wanjiku Wamai’s gripping debut Shimoni, which screens in Europe for the first time following its TIFF premiere. 

More about Bright Future here.

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Clockwise, stills from the films: Whispering Mountains, Almost Entirely a Slight Disaster, Amiko, Shimoni


The Limelight lineup of avant-premieres and cinematic highlights from the year’s festival circuit will include Pierre Földes’ beguiling animated take on Haruki Murakami’s short stories Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, as well as Alice Diop’s courtroom drama Saint Omer. Two couples defy the authorities in Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi’s No Bears, which will screen at the festival while its director remains imprisoned in Iran.

More about Limelight here.

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Still from the film Saint Omer


The 40th edition of IFFR’s co-production market CineMart will take place from Sunday 29 January to Wednesday 1 February, with one-to-one meetings and informal networking taking place in person for the first time since 2020. Reality Check, IFFR's platform to reflect on and discuss current issues in the film industry, also returns. 

The Pro Hub team welcomes industry guests and filmmakers to join panels, workshops and mentor meetings – providing an informal networking environment for the whole filmmaking community. 

More than 40 IFFR Pro partners from across the globe annually nominate up-and-coming producers to attend Rotterdam Lab, where they broaden their networks and develop their skills and knowledge for international co-production. New participants for 2023 will be joined by selected graduates from the last two online editions who are invited to Rotterdam to celebrate their achievements and share their recent experiences. 

Other talent activities include hosting the second part of Creative Producer Indaba, a scheme for the professional development of emerging African producers. Selected filmmakers and projects participating on BoostNL will also complete their bespoke programme. 

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Still from the film Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

IFFR Media Outreach & Inclusion Scheme

Journalists and media makers from communities who are underrepresented in the festival's press community are invited to apply for the IFFR Media Outreach & Inclusion Scheme. The scheme aims to welcome new and diverse voices to report on the festival by providing complementary accreditations and more.

Full details can be found here

Full IFFR 2023 lineup, accreditations and more

Follow all our updates on IFFR.com for details of upcoming programme announcements – including Tiger Competition, Big Screen Competition, Ammodo Tiger Short Competition, Harbour, Art Directions, Cinema Regained, Focus programmes, the remaining Limelight and Bright Future selections, Short & Mid-length and more. The full IFFR 2022 lineup will be announced during a press conference on Monday December 19. More information regarding accreditations will follow shortly.

First confirmations in full:

Bright Future

  • Almost Entirely a Slight Disaster, Umut Subasi, 2023, Turkey, world premiere
  • La amiga de mi amiga, Zaida Carmona, 2022, Spain, international premiere
  • Amiko, Morii Yusuke, 2022, Japan, international premiere
  • Clementina, Agustín Mendilaharzu, Constanza Feldman, 2022, Argentina
  • A los libros y a las mujeres canto, María Elorza, 2022, Spain, international premiere
  • La mala familia, Nacho A. Villar, Luis Rojo, 2022, Spain, France, international premiere
  • Shimoni, Angela Wanjiku Wamai, 2022, Kenya, European premiere
  • Whispering Mountains, Jagath Manuwarna, 2023, Sri Lanka, world premiere


  • Aftersun, Charlotte Wells, 2022, United States, United Kingdom
  • Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman,Pierre Földes, France, Canada, Luxembourg, Netherlands
  • The Blue Caftan, Maryam Touzani, 2022, Morocco, Belgium, Denmark, France
  • Boy from Heaven, Tarik Saleh, 2022, Sweden, Finland, France
  • Eo, Jerzy Skolimowski, 2022, Poland, Italy
  • Godland, Hlynur Pálmason, 2022, Denmark, Iceland
  • Mediterranean Fever, Maha Haj, 2022, Palestine, Germany, France, Cyprus, Qatar
  • Medusa Deluxe, Thomas Hardiman, 2022, United Kingdom
  • No Bears, Jafar Panahi, 2022, Iran 
  • Nostalgia, Mario Martone, 2022, Italy
  • Un petit frère, Léonor Serraille, 2022, France
  • Saint Omer, Alice Diop, 2022, France
  • War Pony, Riley Keough, Gina Gammell, 2022, United States

Click here for the film stills and here for the programme.

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