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52nd International Film Festival Rotterdam

25 January - 5 February 2023

Rotterdam, 19 December 2022

Competitions, Steve McQueen, and opening and closing films at IFFR 2023

Tiger, Big Screen, and Ammodo Tiger Short competition selections confirmed along with IFFR-commissioned Steve McQueen artwork in collaboration with Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen.

During today’s press conference, International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) revealed the films selected for its 2023 Tiger, Big Screen and Ammodo Tiger Short competitions. The festival also announces Sunshine State, an artwork by Steve McQueen commissioned by IFFR and presented in collaboration with Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen from January 26 to February 12 2023. Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken’s Munch opens the festival, with Varun Grover’s All India Rank bringing it to a close. French cinematographer Hélène Louvart is the 2023 recipient of the Robby Müller Award. 

Festival director Vanja Kaludjercic: “In shaping this year’s programme we stay committed to the path we set out for ourselves: celebrating great cinema in all its splendour and to look where others don’t look. Our entire programme, full of surprises, is a testament to that. In addition to those film cultures which traditionally are strongly present at IFFR, this year’s Tiger Competition, Big Screen Competition and Ammodo Tiger Short Competition, expand to films from Sri Lanka, Cameroon, Ukraine, the Dominican Republic, Morocco and Taiwan to name just a few. From remarkable débuts, to cinematic grand masters and our specially-commissioned Steve McQueen artwork, it is our true pleasure to share IFFR 2023's wildly varied lineup.”

Tiger Competition

IFFR’s flagship Tiger Competition is the festival’s platform for emerging film talent and features a selection of 16 titles for its 52nd edition. The jury will grant three prizes: the Tiger Award, worth €40,000, and two Special Jury Awards, worth €10,000 each. The Tiger Jury consists of Sabrina Baracetti, Lav Diaz, Anisia Uzeyman, Christine Vachon and Alonso Díaz de la Vega. 

Tiger Competition 2023 selection

  • 100 årstider, Giovanni Bucchieri, 2022, Sweden, world premiere
  • Gagaland, Teng Yuhan, 2023, China, world premiere
  • Geology of Separation, Yosr Gasmi, Mauro Mazzocchi, 2023, Tunisia, Italy, France, world premiere
  • Indivision, Leïla Kilani, 2023, Morocco, France, world premiere
  • Letzter Abend, Lukas Nathrath, 2023, Germany, world premiere
  • Mannvirki, Gústav Geir Bollason, 2023, Iceland, France, world premiere
  • Munnel, Visakesa Chandrasekaram, 2023, Sri Lanka, world premiere
  • New Strains, Artemis Shaw, Prashanth Kamalakanthan, 2023, United States, world premiere
  • Notas sobre un verano, Diego Llorente, 2023, Spain, world premiere
  • Numb, Amir Toodehroosta, 2023, Iran, world premiere
  • Nummer achttien, Guido van der Werve, 2022, Netherlands, world premiere
  • La Palisiada, Philip Sotnychenko, 2023, Ukraine, world premiere
  • Playland, Georden West, 2023, United States, world premiere
  • Le spectre de Boko Haram, Cyrielle Raingou, 2023, Cameroon, France, world premiere
  • Thiiird, Karim Kassem, 2023, Lebanon, world premiere
  • three sparks, Naomi Uman, 2023, Albania, Mexico, world premiere

The Tiger Competition selection 2023 is now online. Click here to browse.

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Clockwise, stills from the films: Numb, Letzter Abend, Notas sobre un verano, Indivision

Big Screen Competition

The Big Screen Competition offers a wide-ranging selection, bridging the gap between popular, classic and arthouse cinema features. 16 titles have been selected for IFFR 2023. IFFR invites an audience jury to grant the VPRO Big Screen Award. The winning film receives a guaranteed theatrical release in the Netherlands and will be broadcast on Dutch TV by VPRO and NPO. In addition, a €30,000 prize is awarded, equally shared between the filmmaker and the distributor who releases the film.

Big Screen Competition 2023 selection

The Big Screen Competition selection 2023 is now online. Click here to browse.

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Clockwise, stills from the films: Drawing Lots, Copenhagen Does Not Exist, Luka, Não Sou Nada - The Nothingness Club

Ammodo Tiger Short Competition

IFFR announces 24 short films selected for the Ammodo Tiger Short Competition. The jury consists of Stanya Kahn, Herb Shellenberger and Simone Zeefuik. They will determine which three titles will receive three equal Ammodo Tiger Short Awards, each worth €5,000.

Ammodo Tiger Short Competition 2023 selection

  • Night and Fear, Lipika Singh Darai, 2023, India, world premiere
  • Remendo, Roger Ghil, 2023, Brazil, world premiere
  • Repetitions, Morgan Alaric Quaintance, 2023, United Kingdom, world premiere
  • Shabnam, Reetu Sattar, 2023, Bangladesh, world premiere
  • Skin in the Crosswinds, Andrew Rubin, 2023, United States, world premiere
  • Square the Circle, Hanna Hovitie, 2023, Finland, world premiere (festival)
  • Theta, Lawrence Lek, 2023, United Kingdom, world premiere (festival)
  • Tito, Kerven Jimenez, Taylor McIntosh, 2023, Haiti, world premiere
  • What the Soil Remembers, José Cardoso, 2023, South Africa, Ecuador, world premiere
  • Zabriskie Point, Cho Seoungho, 2023, United States, world premiere

The Ammodo Tiger Short Competition selection 2023 is now online. Click here to browse.

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Clockwise, stills from the films: Square The Circle, Theta, Blinded by Centuries, Delivery Dancer's Sphere

Steve McQueen's Sunshine State

IFFR presents Sunshine State, a Steve McQueen artwork commissioned by IFFR. The work will be presented in the Depot in collaboration with Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen from January 26 to February 12 2023. Sunshine State from the Oscar-winning filmmaker and Turner Prize-winning artist will be the first presentation to be hosted on the fifth floor of the Depot since it opened in November 2021. 

Click here to read more on Sunshine State.

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Steve McQueen, Sunshine State, 2022© Steve McQueen. Courtesy the artist, Thomas Dane Gallery, Marian Goodman Gallery and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan. Photo: Agostino Osio

Opening and closing films

IFFR 2023 will open on Wednesday 25 January with Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken’s multi-layered essay on Edvard Munch's life and art, Munch – a surprising mix of classical cinema and formal experiment. 

Varun Grover’s All India Rank will bring the festival to a close on Sunday 5 February: a witty, well-observed portrait of middle-class India’s aspirations and the attendant pressures on its children.

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Still from the film Munch Still from the film All India Rank

Robby Müller Award goes to Hélène Louvart

French cinematographer Hélène Louvart (Beach Rats, Eliza Hittman, 2017; Lazzaro felice, Alice Rohrwacher, IFFR 2019; Un petit frère, Léonor Serraille, IFFR 2023) will receive the fourth annual Robby Müller Award. Awarded in collaboration with the Netherlands Society of Cinematographers (NSC) and Andrea Müller-Schirmer, Robby Müller’s wife, the award annually honours an outstanding ‘image maker’ in the spirit of the late Dutch cinematographer. 

The Jury states: “Hélène Louvart's gaze unfolds as a constant becoming, a physical, instinctive process of evolving and dissolving. Her visuals are effortlessly synchronised with the rhythm of natural breathing, as if they were shot from within and cross the very line between screen and viewer.”

Read more about the Robby Müller Award 2023 here

Get ready for IFFR 2023

Take a look at the newly confirmed lineups for Bright FutureHarbourLimelightShort & Mid-length and RTM. The programme of IFFR Talks and IFFR’s multi-disciplinary expanded cinema section Art Directions will be announced in the second week of January.  

Tickets for IFFR 2023 will go on general sale online on Friday 20 January 2023 at 20:00. The pre-sale for Tiger Members, Tiger Members Supreme and Tiger Members Under-23 starts Thursday 19 January 2023 at 20:00. VPRO members and their guests can already buy tickets for exclusive screenings of a selection of films from IFFR 2023

Accredited press and industry guests, as well as partners and patrons, can book their tickets from Thursday 19 January at 12:00. Applications for press and industry accreditation are still open and should be made before Friday 23 December to guarantee processing. 

Click here for the film stills.

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