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49th International Film Festival Rotterdam

Rotterdam, Netherlands, January 22 to February 2, 2020

Call for entries

(Features, narrative or documentary, medium and short films)

TELEFILM CANADA is currently accepting entries of feature films on behalf of the Rotterdam International Film Festival (“IFFR”).

Entry fees: The Festival waives its entry fees for Canadian feature films submitted through Telefilm Canada.

N.B. Short films (1 to 60 minutes) should be submitted directly to the festival before August 23. The TIGER AWARDS Competition is reserved for shorts and three winners will each receive €5,000.


Founded in 1972, the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), one of Europe’s biggest and most important film events, focuses mostly on innovative and independent cinema.

During 12 days, hundreds of filmmakers present their work to a large audience of over 300 000 admissions and 2 300 professionals. The festival showcases some 200 feature films and 300 short films out of 50 countries.

The festival programs four sections including three competitive reserved to either first, 2nd or 3rd features. The festival awards the winning films with cash amounts.

The FIPRESCI jury, consisting of international film journalists, present an award. Only debut films that have their world premiere out of the main competition are eligible for this award.

The festival is associated to CineMart, the first market platform of its kind to offer filmmakers the opportunity to launch their ideas to the international film industry and to find the right connections to get their projects financed. IFFR actively supports new and adventurous filmmaking talent through its co-production market CineMart, the Rotterdam Lab and other industry activities.


Telefilm Canada recognizes selection of a feature or a short film in the Festival for application to its International Marketing Program.


  • TIGER AWARDS COMPETITION: reserved to directors of a 1st, 2nd or 3rd feature length film with a world premiere status. The award of €40.000 is to be shared between the film’s director and producer. In addition, a special award worth €10,000 will be presented to an exceptional artistic achievement.
  • BRIGHT FUTURE: dedicated to debut- films with a world or an international premiere status. The award consists of €10,000, to be spent on the development of a next film project.
  • VOICES comprises eight films eligible for the Big Screen Award having their world, European or international premières. The winning film will benefit from a theatrical release in The Netherlands and will be broadcast on VPRO. The VPRO Big Screen Award is worth a total of €30,000. Half of this amount is for the filmmaker; the other half is to be spent on the Dutch theatrical release.


  • All works must have been completed after January 1, 2019.
  • Priority is given to world and international premieres.
  • Priority is given to directors of a 1st, 2nd or 3rd feature length film.
  • Feature films must be 60 minutes or more.


  • Create or use your existing an account on Grenadine, and complete the Telefilm application “Rotterdam Festival 2020”.
  • Accepted formats: Blu-ray or a streaming link.


Shipping address

IFFR 2020
360 St. Jacques Street
Suite 600
Montréal, Québec
H2Y 1P5

For messengers deliveries, please note that our office is closed between noon and 1 p.m.


If you have any questions regarding the festival, please contact Danielle Bélanger ( at 438-469-1129 or 1-800 567-0890.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Myriam Blais (myriam.blais


Promotion and Communications
Telefilm Canada, Montréal
1 800 567-0890