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Holland 4: Germany 0

Rotterdam’s International Film Festival (IFFR) has named four NZ titles in its programme, while the Berinale has now completed much of its programme without a NZ title.

The Dark Horse

The Dark Horse

The regular run of NZ titles appearing in the Berlinale’s Generation programmes is broken this year with no NZ films selected in the four feature and short programmes named this week.

In Holland, the IFFR programme was release overnight, with NZ films searchable under the continent of “Austrialia”. Clearly geography isn’t a strong point, nor is spelling – although typos are hardly an exclusively Dutch game.

The Dark Horse is the sole NZ feature named for IFFR, appearing in a new programme section, Limelight, alongside titles including Rolf de Heer’s Charlie’s Country and Oscar nominee Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu.

Three NZ shorts are programmed: Phil Dadson’s Arid Edge, Gavin Hipkins’ The Port, and Tahi Moore’s Unconscious. All three are receiving their international premieres at IFFR.

Rotterdam’s industry event, CineMart, has named the participants for this year’s Rotterdam Lab. Among this year’s crop of 58 film producers from 24 countries will be Curious Film’s Dan Higgins

IFFR runs 21 January – 1 February.

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