👉 Festival: 4 - 9 October 2022
👉 Online: 5 - 30 October 2022

Each year we organise a film competition in which filmmakers from anywhere in the world can participate. WFFR welcomes (independent) filmmakers, production companies, distributors or broadcasters to submit their latest film(s).

WFFR focuses on the screening of wildlife, conservation and environmental films & documentaries to demonstrate the beauty of nature and to raise awareness about the collective responsibility we have to maintain it.

WFFR is also a 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 catch-up with other film professionals, participate in daily talks/q&a's and meet the Dutch audience.

The festival program offers 120+ public screenings and events at Cinerama Movie Theatre that is located downtown Rotterdam. WFFR also takes place online from 5 - 30 October 2022 (geoblocked for The Netherlands only).

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👉 15 April 2022 - Submission Deadline
👉 Juli 2022 - Official Selection & Nominations Announced
👉 1 September 2022 - Festival Program Announced
👉 4 - 9 October 2022 - Festival
👉 8 October 2022 - Flamingo Award Ceremony

🌿 Festival Grand Prix
🌿 Best Short Film
🌿 Audience Award
🌿 Animal Behaviour
🌿 Awareness
🌿 Van Lawick Conservation
🌿 People & Nature
🌿 Children's
🌿 Newcomer
🌿 Independent Production
🌿 Cinematography

👉 The submission period for the competition of the Festival 2022 is from Januari 1st until April 15th 2022.
👉 Submitting for Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2022 is free.
👉 New entries can be submitted via FilmFreeway only.
👉 The number of entries by one author is not limited.
👉 Films can be entered in multiple categories.
👉 You have to specify at least one category when submitting. Note: Your entry will automatically compete for either Best Film / Best Short Film (< 30 min) and the Audience Award.
👉 Films in languages other than English or Dutch are welcome but must be subtitled or dubbed into English.
👉 All eligible submissions will be reviewed by our selection committee that decides which movies will be selected for screening and nominated for our Flamingo Awards.
👉 An annually changing jury of five members will decide which films will be awarded in the different categories.

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Filmmakers or representatives of selected films receive:
👉 Complimentary hotel lodging during the festival days (for two people)
👉 The ability to market your film with the WFFR official selection logo and, if nominated for an award, an award logo.
👉 Two festival passes with free access to all screenings.
👉 Free admission (for two people) to all festival related events, including Opening Night Reception, talks, drinks, the Flamingo Award Ceremony and the WFFR Industry Day.
👉 Opportunity to engage in a Talks or Q&A sessions.
👉 Meet lots of other film professionals and have a great time!

👉 The film must have an aspect of the natural world as the central focus or critical and informative offerings on the environment or conservation and be completed on or after January 1st, 2020.
👉 By submitting the film, entrants grant consent to screen the film by WFFR during the festival, without any right to royalties or screening fees.
👉 WFFR will screen the film in Cinerama (Rotterdam) during the festival and stream the film online. The streaming will be geoblocked and restricted to visitors based in the Netherlands only.
👉 WFFR is allowed to subtitle the film in Dutch. If requested, filmmaker shall provide WFFR with the transcript(s) of the film.
👉 The production must be submitted to WFFR by the producer or distributor of the film or their authorised representative. By submitting the film you guarantee that all production/distribution partners agreed to the submission and this rules and terms, and that you have obtained all clearances for screening. You certify that the work is original and that there exists no disputes regarding ownership with the film.
👉 WFFR is allowed to use the film, stills, trailer and information provided for (promotional) WFFR related activities prior to or after the festival.
👉 No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after it has been selected for screening. WFFR has the right to alter the length and date of the festival, cancel Award categories and cancel or reschedule the festival without any liability towards the entrants.
👉 You agree to indemnify and hold harmless WFFR, its judges, sponsors and partners, individually and collectively, from and against all claims, demands, losses, damages, costs, liabilities, and expenses, including legal expenses arising out of or in connection with any and all claims, or third party claims, arising out of the submission to and exhibition of your film and corresponding material at WFFR, including the online festival. The competition and these terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Netherlands and the court of Rotterdam, Netherlands shall have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any disputes arising therefrom.

Overall Rating
  • mahmut taş

    Their communication and closeness were very good. We were happy to be a part of such a beautiful festival. thank your very much.

    March 2022
  • Gisela Chicolino

    A festival of this topic is really a necessary one. Please keep working on generating this exquisite programming for the audiences.

    November 2021
  • Thank you WIFF
    Hope we meet again

    Joe Pisciotta

    November 2021
  • Christoph Pohl

    Excellent support and communication. Thanks for nominating EVER SLOW GREEN for the Green Impact Award.

    November 2020
  • Michiel Thomas

    The entire WIFFR team was very warm & friendly and the communication was great. Wish I could've attended in person, but the virtual experience was still amazing!

    November 2020