The Board of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has appointed Rutger Wolfson to a four-year term as general director of the festival. The post gives him final responsibility for the artistic and business matters of the festival, the CineMart and the Hubert Bals Fund.

Wolfson will resign as director of De Vleeshal, centre for contemporary art in Middelburg as of early July. He had been doing that job as well as serving, since September 2007, as the one-off director of the 37th IFFR (Jan 23-Feb 3).
That was after the departure of former director Sandra den Hamer earlier in 2007.

The board considered other candidates but decided to extend Wolfson's role after this year's festival. After the four-year term, there is the option to extend the appointment.

Melle Daamen, Chairman of the board, said: 'We consider Rutger Wolfson to be an excellent director who will energetically take in hand the organisation of the festival. He has settled himself fast and with engagement in the large-scale world of the Rotterdam film 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 innovatory tradition of the Rotterdam film festival.'

Wolfson, who takes up the post immediately, added: 'For more than eight years, I have enjoyed working in De Vleeshal and now I look forward to get to work with the festival. The Rotterdam film festival is innovative and pioneering. I find it very interesting to contribute to shape the future of the festival.'