Rotterdam goes Live! with European cinema

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One of the most important film events in Europe, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, kicked off yesterday, 21 January, and will celebrate 12 days of worldwide independent, innovative and experimental cinema and visual arts. As usual, the festival is demonstrating its full-time commitment to young and emerging filmmakers and film narratives from all around the world – but this year the bond is stronger with European cinema.


This time around, the festival will welcome the brand-new initiative IFFR Live! The unique international live cinema event consists of a series of five film premieres to be held during the festival. The movies will be screened simultaneously in cinemas across Europe and on VoD, giving the audience the opportunity to experience the thrill of being part of a major international film festival, by seeing directors and film crews attend the premieres at Rotterdam and by participating in live Q&A sessions via Twitter. The initiative is part of a project called Engage, aimed at new European films that might have more exclusive distribution opportunities, based on a pilot project voted on 2 years ago by the EU’s Culture and Education Committee. Fortissimo Films, TrustNordisk, Doc & Film and KPN have joined forces to make the project a reality. The films selected are five European productions, which you can find more information about here.


Lastly, the LUX Prize will also have a presence at Rotterdam through the screening of one of the finalist films, Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood. Sciamma’s movie – which is nominated for the Lumières Awards (read the news) – will be shown at the festival in different venues and on various dates. You can find more information here.