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Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Phone: ++31 6 14 060 229

Email: info@wffr.nl

Website: www.wffr.nl

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Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam
f.l.t.r. top: Colin Stafford Johnson (filmmaker), Arthur de Bruin (filmmaker), Erik Zevenbergen (jury), Ed Watkins
(filmmaker), Alexandra van der Zee (Omniversum), Rajani Mani (filmmaker), Edward Snijders (jury), Luc Enting ( jury),
f.l.t.r. bottom: Sterrin Smallenbrugge (jury), Marianne Thieme (jury), Cees van Kempen (filmmaker),
Elizabeth Unger (filmmaker), Frank Nischk (filmmaker)

About WFFR

The Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam (WFFR) is the only film festival for nature documentaries in the Netherlands and shows the most recent films from home and abroad. Since its first edition in 2015, WFFR has been taking place in the Rotterdam film theatre Cinerama, which was also the vibrant heart of the festival this year. The programme consists of beautiful documentaries showing the beauty of nature, as well as films showing the relationship between man and nature. During WFFR, visitors can talk to the many filmmakers present, attend special lectures and take part in interesting activities related to nature conservation.

This year WFFR will be held from October 30th - November 5th 2023.

The competition is open for entries until 1 May 2023. WFFR invites (independent) filmmakers, production companies or distributors to submit their latest film(s): wffr.nl/professionals-en/submit-your-film or directly here: filmfreeway.com/WildlifeFilmFestivalRotterdam

Entries must have a central focus on non-domesticated wildlife species, natural habitats, conservation or the environment. They demonstrate the beauty of nature and raise awareness about the collective responsibility we have to maintain it.

Filmmakers from anywhere in the world can participate. WFFR welcomes (independent) filmmakers, production companies, distributors or broadcasters to submit their latest film(s).

WFFR is also the meeting place for the wildlife film industry in The Netherlands. We are known for a friendly and informal atmosphere where all our guests feel at home. Here you can meet (or catch-up with) other film professionals during the Industry Days (3 & 4 November) where you can participate in workshops, round the table sessions and lots of other (network) events.

The festival program offers public screenings during these six days at Cinerama Movie Theatre that is located downtown Rotterdam. WFFR also takes place online. All participated films in the online part are geoblocked for The Netherlands only.

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam

The big winner last year was Wolf, a film entirely devoted to the return of this special predator back to the Netherlands after 150 years. Filmmaker Cees van Kempen (pictured) was happy with the award and said "The appreciation of Wolf by the jury, but also by the public, is heartwarming. I hope the film will contribute to a better understanding of this beautiful animal. It is extremely good news for nature that they are back in our country!"

See the 2022 Award Winners here: Wildlife-film.com/features/Wildlife-Film-Festival-Rotterdam-2022-Winners-Announced.html

WFFR 2022 - Trailers

You can submit your film via FilmFreeway here: filmfreeway.com/WildlifeFilmFestivalRotterdam

The competition is completely free of fees.

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam offers awards in the following 11 categories:

  • FESTIVAL GRAND PRIX for the BEST FILM (Grant of 1.000 Euros)
    Awarded to the best overal production.
    Awarded to the best overal production with maximum lenght of 30 minutes.
    Awarded to the film with the most outstanding achievement in cinematography.
    Awarded to the film that best reveals insights into the behaviour of, or the interactions between, animals.
    Awarded to the film that most effectively raises awareness concerning issues related to animals.
    Awarded to the film that most effectively contributes to an awareness of timely and relevant conservation issues and/or solutions.
    Awarded to the film that most effectively explores the social, cultural or economic relationship between people and the natural world.
    Awarded to the film that most effectively inspires an appreciation of the natural world to young people.
    Awarded to the best film produced by a first-time filmmaker.
    Awarded for an outstanding self-financed, non-commissioned film about nature, environment and/or animals that has been produced independently from tv stations or other third parties.
    In addition to the awards attributed by the jury, an Audience Award will also be awarded to the most popular film chosen by the general public.

Flamingo Award Categories: wffr.nl/awards-categories

For more information, feel free to contact us at: info@wffr.nl

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam Flamingo Award Winners 2021

Last year's golden Flamingos were awarded.

The big winner in 2021 was Silence of the Tides, a film that beautifully portrays the fragile relationship between man and nature in the Wadden area.

In total, the jury awarded 11 Flamingos in different categories:

Best Film: Silence of the Tides
Best Short: The Caretakers
Green Impact Award: H2O: The Molecule That Made Us
Animal Behavior Award: Wild Horses
Awareness Award: Birds of the Countryside
Van Lawick Conservation Award: Glorious Bustards
People & Nature Award: The Edge of Existence
Children's Award: Hamsters - Hidden Heroes in the Field
Newcomer Award: The Otter
Science in Nature Award: Antarctica -3D
Independent Production Award: De Wilde Waard

Visit: wffr.nl/winners-2021

The Flamingo Award Ceremony was recorded at WFFR 2020. The ceremony was in the hands of Jannah Boerakker. Due to the corona rules, the prizes were not awarded in the auditorium but in a very special way; Live from the Rotterdam Zoo! Watch it here:

Flamingo Award Ceremony 2020

See the Feature Page: Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2020 Winners Announced!

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam


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