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Things I Learned at the Rotterdam Film Festival

How must festivals must change to survive in the digital age? How can they continue to support independent film and filmmakers, build audiences, increase film literacy and encourage vital dialogue when watching films on a big screen is no longer the norm? Panels and programs at Rotterdam grappled with these issues, but the festival itself illustrated some of the confusion of these shifting roles.
  • By Torene Svitil
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  • February 4, 2014 3:32 PM
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Rotterdam Panel: Creative Co-Funding of Indie Films, from Tribeca to Kickstarter (UPDATED)

Funding and financing an independent film takes almost as much creativity as making the film, according to a panel of representatives from The Tribeca Film Fund, Kickstarter and Cinereach. Filmmakers from outside the U.S. -- especially those in Europe -- benefit from government support and co-production treaties, but Americans are on their own.
  • By Torene Svitil
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  • January 31, 2014 4:38 PM
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Rotterdam: Women Directors and Women-Driven Narratives Are Front and Center

A festival like Rotterdam is a great place for women directors to gain exposure. Not coincidentally, Rotterdam is also a great venue for films with female-driven narratives. The five I saw, three directed by women and two by men, shared an interest in how the past haunts the present; in intense feelings hidden beneath a constructed surface and the essential loneliness of women.
  • By Torene Svitil
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  • January 29, 2014 3:05 PM
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International Film Festival Rotterdam Showcases--and Supports-- Emerging Talent (TRAILERS)

The International Film Festival Rotterdam mandate is the discovery and display of new talent. Like its home city, filled with mind-bending modern architecture by the likes of native son Rem Koolhaas (who boasts a co-writer credit on the noir film "The White Slave" as well as an unproduced script for Russ Meyer -- who knew?), the festival favors edgy, arty films from around the world that for the most part are unlikely to open in the U.S. Definitely not the usual suspects.
  • By Torene Svitil
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  • January 26, 2014 6:01 PM
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Lukas Moodysson's Wonderful Punk Band Comedy 'We Are the Best!' to Close Rotterdam Film Festival (TRAILER)

Lukas Moodysson's hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age film "We Are the Best!," following three pre-teen girls in 1980s Stockholm who start a punk band, has been selected as the closing night film of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, running January 22 through February 2. Watch the trailer below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 24, 2014 11:38 AM
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Exclusive First Look at Poster for Melissa Leo's 'Francine,' Premiering at Berlin

Melissa Leo's "Francine," from directors Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky, is premiering at the Berlin Film Festival February 13. Check out the new poster for the American-Canadian co-production...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 9, 2012 2:59 PM
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