ROTTERDAM 2000 FEATURE: "Blue Bird" Flies and 2-for-1 Drinks

by Mark Rabinowitz

(indieWIRE/2.2.2000) -- Having been told that Rotterdam is the largest public film festival in
the world -- not to mention one of the largest industry events -- I
expected a zoo of gargantuan proportions. The overlapping of Sundance
with Rotterdam's first week, however, makes easing into the event
eminently possible. Day one proved much like at any other festival for a
first time visitor . . . except this one is well-organized.

IFFR liaison Lucius Barre, continuing in one of his many roles as Master
of Introductions, hooked me up with Mary Davies, his partner in the
International liaison game and acquisition director at Cinefil, Inc. I
also met Paul Yi of the Korean Film Commission, who, along with Carl
of New York's American Museum of the Moving Image will be
moderating panels on Film Production and Distribution in the Digital
Age. More on the panels as they happen.

My first Rotterdam film turned out to be a major discovery, touching me
on a profound and emotional level.