IFFR announces opening film for on-site 51st edition

Along the Way to open festival programme of screenings, performances and installations in Rotterdam from 26 January to 6 February

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is delighted to confirm Along the Way by Mijke de Jong to open the on-site 51st edition on 26 January. Adapting to the latest governmental regulations, the festival invites audiences, press and industry guests to attend film screenings, performances and installations in Rotterdam from 26 January to 6 February.


Festival director Vanja Kaludjercic: “Mijke de Jong is a familiar face with a long and rich history at IFFR, first showing here in 1990. It’s an honour to welcome her back with this latest poignant and timely film which will open our 51st edition. Thanks to the commitment of our team and support of our partners we have adapted the festival once again to fit the restrictions in place in the Netherlands. We are happy to confirm the festival will take place physically, allowing us to give the stage to all the outstanding filmmakers who have trusted us to screen their work.”

IFFR continues to plan for an on-site festival in Rotterdam from 26 January to 6 February 2022, adding retrospective focus programmes for Amanda Kramer, Qiu Jiongjiong and Yuasa Masaaki, as well as Short & Mid-length Film to its lineup. 

However, since the beginning of November, the Dutch government has re-introduced a number of restrictions to contain the spread of Covid-19. As a result, we have had to make the difficult decision to host both CineMart and Rotterdam Lab online. 

IFFR Pro will still provide services for industry and press guests attending the festival in Rotterdam. The Pro Hub will continue to connect and support filmmakers with titles in the selection through personal mentor meetings, panels and roundtables.