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52nd International Film Festival Rotterdam

Rotterdam, Netherlands, January 25 to February 5, 2023

Call for entries

Open to feature films, narrative or documentary

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

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

*Short films (under 60 minutes) should be submitted directly to the festival before September 20, 2022. 


All works must have been completed after January 1, 2022. 

Priority is given to world and international premieres. 

The following rules apply in case of digital festival screenings prior to IFFR:

If the film has been screened with geo-block, the regular premiere status rules apply.

If the film has been screened without geo-block and was available worldwide, a maximum of 1500 views in total is allowed in order for the film to be eligible for IFFR selection.

In both cases, the film may only have been available online for a maximum of 20 days. If the film does not comply with the eligibility criteria, it will not be considered.

About the Festival

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 for feature length films and competition awards include cash amounts to the winning films.

The festival is associated to CineMart, an international co-production market offering 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.


TIGER 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, two special awards worth €10,000 each will be presented to for exceptional artistic achievement.

BIG SCREEN COMPETITION comprises up to sixteen selected films having their World premiere at IFFR (read on exceptions here). The nominated films will be judged by five festival audience members. The winning film will be released theatrically and broadcasted in the Netherlands s. The VPRO Big Screen Award is worth a total of €30.000 with half of this amount is for the filmmaker; the other half is to be spent on the Dutch theatrical release by the Dutch distributor.

VRIENDENLOTERIJ AUDIENCE AWARD: all feature length films, having received their first public screening after 1 January 2022, are eligible for the VriendenLoterij Audience Award, chosen by the audience of the festival. The prize comprises €10,000.

AMMODO TIGER SHORT COMPETITION is reserved for short films having their world, international or European premiere in Rotterdam. An international jury selects three winners who will each receive a €5000 award.

Other awards include the FIPRESCI AWARD, consisting of international film journalists, present an award.

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International Promotion
Telefilm Canada, Montreal
1 800 567-0890