After two years of online-only events have hit the headlines, the Film Festival (IFFR) has announced its 52nd edition next year.
The 2023 Rotterdam Festival, which is expected to be "circumstances permitting," the event's first fully in-person event since 2020, is set to take place from January 25 through February 5, 2023.
On Thursday, Festival Director Vanja Kaludjercic and Managing Director Marjan van der Haar discussed a new organization for Rotterdam, which they described as "enterring a new phase in its half-century-long history."
The IFFR's core staff will be reduced by 15 percent in response to the restructuring plans, as well as restructuring the remaining staff members under five divisions: Content, Communication, Audience Reach, Finance, and Business Growth, and Operations. At the upcoming Cannes Film Festival in May, Kaludjercic and van der Haar will announce their new team. In May, the IFFR board of directors will give full details on the new organization.
The epidemic attracted many people from all over the world, making it difficult or impossible to travel or for large public events. COVID restrictions forced Rotterdam to organize its last two festivals online.
"We have a different world as we begin planning for the 2023 edition and beyond, thanks to our improved programming structure and commitment to increase impact and revenue stream diversity." "The creation of a new staffing structure is anchored to our current strategy, which is designed to improve audience growth, increased impact, and increase revenue stream diversity, which is vital in order to ensure the future of IFFR."
Despite a lack of public screenings, the 2022 IFFR recorded more than 177,000 online admissions and had 1,500 film professionals attending.
"We have a deep respect for our team that has been able in these past two challenging years to engage the audience and assist our filmmakers in innovative new ways,," said Kaludjercic. "Our aim is to establish a worldwide and powerful cultural platform that fosters exceptional cinema and audiovisual art."