The International Film Festival Rotterdam has appointed Bianca Taal as programmer for its upcoming edition. Bianca will oversee the 2012 selection of feature length films from Greece, Turkey, Israel, Iran and the Arab world. She is also a member of the CineMart Selection Committee.
After finishing her Film and Television Studies at the University of Utrecht, Bianca Taal started working with the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2001 as a staff member of the Hubert Bals Fund and the CineMart. From 2005 – 2007 Bianca was co-Head of the CineMart. Consecutively Bianca has been director of the Hubert Bals Fund from 2007 – 2009.
From 2009 – November 2011, Bianca worked as Head of Programmes at the Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam. Bianca was an advisor on the Committee Feature Fiction Film of the Dutch Film Fund from 2006 – 2010. Furthermore she is a member of the CineMart selection committee as well as the commission moving images of the Rotterdam Culture Council and she is a board member of the Holland Animation Festival in Utrecht.
The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) offers a quality selection of independent, innovative and experimental cinema, video and media art. During twelve festival days, hundreds of filmmakers and other artists present their work to a large audience (2011: 340,000 admissions) and 3,000 film professionals. The 41st edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam takes place from Wednesday January 25 up to and including Sunday February 5, 2012.