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IFFR 07: A Mini Preview

pathe-rotterdam.jpgSince I Arrive in Rotterdam on Saturday for a week of films and filmmakers at one of the most hospitable festivals I travel to each year, I guess I ought to post a little bit about the program. The Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) is one of the premiere festivals devoted to discovering new talent, especially from areas of the world that might not be thought of as traditional film powerhouses. In concert, CineMart (the IFFR’s annual co-production market) and the Hubert Bals fund (an IFFR initiative that gives “financial support to film projects from developing or southern countries”) are powerful forces in the development of truly international and independent cinema.
I urge those of you who usually skip over the IFFR by going from Sundance to Berlin to, at least once, leave the Wasatch wackos a few days early and make a trip to Rotterdam to check out the IFFR. For 12 days the fest hosts some 3,000 guests and screens 250 features and 425 shorts on 27 screens. I know I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: I have been to some 80+ festivals (including repeats) around the world and nowhere have I found an audience as appreciative, enthusiastic and knowledgeable as in Rotterdam. “Obscure” and “experimental” are not the death sentence description for films that they are in many other festivals around the world.

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