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In the last week of January and the first of February, the IFFR (International Film Festival Rotterdam) converts downtown Rotterdam to a place where the tiger and moviegoers rule.
The tiger is the symbol of the IFFR and is prominently displayed on the big IFFR flags which are everywhere to be seen.
The IFFR is a very influential arthouse and independent movie festivals. Last year it attracted 350.000 visitors. The website is here

Displayed here is the geographic centre of festival: the Schouwburg square (designed by Adriaan Geuze of West 8) with on the left the big Pathe multiplex cinema, designed by Koen van Velsen. It houses 7 theaters with a total capacity of 2800. All 7 theaters are used for the IFFR. During the festival some 30 theaters are used.
In the back is Congress and music centre De Doelen where films also are screened and a major part of the IFFR project organization is accommodated .

The IFFR started in 1972, as Film International Rotterdam. The founding director was the late Hubert Bals.
The attendance to the opening film of the festival was a bit of a disaster – it attracted only 17 viewers and the alderman of cultural affairs of the city of Rotterdam refused to deliver his opening speech for those few, lost in the cavernous Calypso theater . At the start of the festival only 700 of the total 15.000 available tickets were bought. Bals intensified his marketing efforts. One of the things he did was distributing leaflets in the centre of Amstedam with the text: “ Als je niet bij Film International bent geweest, moet je verder je smoel houden als er ergens over film wordt gepraat” (If you didn’t visit the Film International, you should shut up in places where film is discussed). Somehow this attracted people form Amsterdam to come to Rotterdam and the festival was eventually visited by 4500 moviegoers.

Que Le Tigre Danse is the biography of Huub Bals, written by Jan Heijs and Frans Westra, published in 1996.

This pic was shot in 2003 – with snow on the square. I made a couple of IFFR related shots the last days but preferred this old one. This pic was taken from the Floor restaurant (part of de Schouwburg (theatre) and its lights and interior are nicely blended in by the windowpanes.

PCS tech: ran Noiseware, cropped, skewed, saturation (master) boosted/altered, adjusted levels, contrast , USM-ed , frame added saved for the web and ran Noiseware again.

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