Rotterdam International Film Festival 2024

January 9th, 2024
Author: Meredith Taylor

The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) takes place this year from 25 January until 3rd February and the Tiger and Big Screen competitions for the 53rd edition are already raring to go.

Head South by Jonathan Oglivie opens the festival on Thursday 25 January. The celebration will close with La Luna. a comedy debut from Raihan Halim, about a conservative Malaysian village shaken by the arrival of a lingerie premiere of

This year’s Talks line-up features: Marco Bellocchio, Anne Fontaine, Alexander Kluge and Rachel Maclean.


IFFR’s Tiger Competition is the main festival platform for emerging film talent and features a selection of 14 titles in 2024. The Tiger Competition Jury for 2024 is Marco Müller, Ena Sendijarević, Nadia Turincev, Herman Yau and Billy Woodberry.

The Ballad of Suzanne Césaire, Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich, 2024, United States, world premiere

Flathead, Jaydon Martin, 2024, Australia, world premiere

Grey Bees, Dmytro Moiseiev, 2024, Ukraine, world premiere

Kiss Wagon, Midhun Murali, 2024, India, world premiere

Me, Maryam, the Children and 26 Others, Farshad Hashemi, 2024, Iran, Germany, Czech Republic, world premiere

Moses, Jenni Luhta, Lauri Luhta, 2024, Finland, world premiere

La Parra, Alberto Gracia, 2024, Spain, world premiere

Praia Formosa, Julia De Simone, 2024, Brazil, Portugal, world premiere

Rei, Tanaka Toshihiko, 2024, Japan, world premiere

Reise der Schatten, Yves Netzhammer, 2024, Switzerland, world premiere

She Fell to Earth, Susie Au, 2024, Hong Kong, world premiere
sr, Lea Hartlaub, 2024, Germany, world premiere

Swimming Home, Justin Anderson, 2024, United Kingdom, world premiere

Under a Blue Sun, Daniel Mann, 2024, France, Israel, world premiere

Clockwise, stills from the films: La Parra, Praia Formosa, She Fell to Earth, Swimming Home


Big Screen Competition

The Big Screen Competition offers a wide-ranging selection, bridging the gap between popular, classic and arthouse cinema features. 12 titles have been selected for IFFR 2024. IFFR invites an audience jury to grant the VPRO Big Screen Award.

Aire: Just Breathe, Leticia Tonos Paniagua, 2024, Dominican Republic, Spain world premiere

Children of War and Peace, Ville Suhonen, 2024, Finland, world premiere

Confidenza, Daniele Luchetti, 2024, Italy, world premiere

Eternal, Ulaa Salim, 2024, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, world premiere

Milk Teeth, Sophia Bösch, 2024, Germany, Switzerland, world premiere

The Old Bachelor, Oktay Baraheni, 2024, Iran, world premiere

Portrait of a Certain Orient, Marcelo Gomes, 2024, Brazil, Italy, Lebanon, world premiere

Seven Seas Seven Hills, Ram, 2024, India, world premiere

Steppenwolf, Adilkhan Yerzhanov, 2024, Kazakhstan, world premiere

Tenement, Inrasothythep Neth, Sokyou Chea, 2024, Cambodia, world premiere

The Worst Man in London, Rodrigo Areias, 2024, Portugal, world premiere

Yohanna, Robby Ertanto, 2024, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Italy, world premiere

Clockwise, stills from the films: Eternal, Milk Teeth, Steppenwolf, Seven Seas Seven Hills


Each edition, IFFR presents a Talks programme that aims to inspire – providing fresh perspectives and profound insights into the world of filmmaking.

This year’s lineup features luminaries such as Marco Bellocchio (Rapito, Limelight); Rachel Maclean, one of this edition’s artists in Focus; Alexander Kluge (Cosmic Miniatures, Harbour); and Anne Fontaine (Boléro, Limelight), who each will discuss their remarkable careers.

The full Talks lineup will be announced in the second week of January.



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