This Time Last Year: International Film Festival Rotterdam

Today, the 2011 edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam is swinging into action.

Last year around this time, I was in Rotterdam attending the IFFR. Personally, it quickly became one of my favourite festivals. There were so many films to see, new and old. Screenings happening at 7 different theatres, day and night for 12 days. It was more cinema than I could have ever hoped to squeeze in. Plus, I am a big fan of the Netherlands so any excuse to travel there is a good one.

While I was attending the festival, the festival organizers were kind enough to allow me to attend a few of the industry sessions going on.

Specifically, these session were:

There Is Always A Right Festival For My Movie: Nikolaj Nikitin (Berlin FF) shares do’s and don’t’s for producers

Make The Most Of A Film Festival:  Industry pros Hayet Benkara (Reelworld FF, Toronto) & Mary Davies (Edinburgh FF) and festival specialists Paolo Moretti (Venice FF) & Rik Vermeulen (Transylvania FF) share tricks and tips

and

‘In Conversation’ With A Sales Agent: Mary Davies (Edinburgh FF) and sales agent Tine Klint (LevelK) talk about the do’s & dont’s of a sales agent

These sessions, as you might imagine, were incredibly illuminating for a filmmaker, like myself, who is trying to sort through the ins-and-outs of film festivals and distribution. I took a lot of notes during the sessions and later reworked my notes into an article that appeared in the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmaker‘s quarterly publication Answer Print.

So, in honour of the start of this year’s IFFR, please follow this link to the PDF version of Answer Print Spring 2010!

(Skip to page 23 for my article: What I Learnt At Rotterdam Intl Film Fest.)

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