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Wolfson confirmed as IFFR director

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After the departure last year of director Sandra den Hamer, who now directs the Dutch Film Museum, the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) appointed Rutger Wolfson as an interim director for this year’s edition that concluded on February 3. The 38-year-old Dutchman has now been confirmed as the general director of the festival for the next four years.

Wolfson has been a member of the board of the IFFR since 2004 and has worked for the Dutch Film Fund in an advisory role in the past, though his career has been more focused on contemporary art in general, most notably as the director of De Vleeshal in Middelburg, an exhibition space dedicated to exploring the boundaries of the visual arts and other art forms. He has also published several works on contemporary art and museology.

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Wolfson commented on his appointment: “The Rotterdam Film Festival is innovative and pioneering. I find it very interesting to contribute to shape the future of the festival.”

He will start work immediately with the festival and continue to work for De Vleeshal until July 2008.

IFFR Chairman of the Board Melle Daamen says about the appointment: “We consider Rutger Wolfson to be an excellent director who will energetically take in hand the organisation of the festival. I think that he will further develop the international position of the festival and that we can expect of him an innovative festival programme. He is reasonably young and fits the festival’s innovatory tradition.”

As its general director, Wolfson has ultimate responsibility for the artistic and business matters of the festival, including the CineMart and the Hubert Bals Fund.

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