ROTTERDAM 2000: "Friendly Sundance" Finished Off with Asian Hopes and

by Sandy Mandelberger

(indieWIRE/2.11.2000) --
The 29th Rotterdam Film Festival, which just concluded a mammoth
showcasing of over
400 films over 10 days, is getting high marks from the nomadic tribe of
film professionals
who travel from festival to festival. Described by more than one
industry veteran as the
"friendly Sundance," the event has all the professional importance of
Park City without the
distracting hype and star-gazing.

With its continued emphasis on films from outside Europe and America,
the Festival digs
deep to uncover the new trends and directorial talent from some of the