Rotterdam attendance dips 12,000

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AMSTERDAM -- The 37th International Film Festival Rotterdam, which closed Sunday, attracted 12,000 fewer admissions than the previous edition, registering 355,000 admissions -- down from 2007's record 367,000.

Director Rutger Wolfson attributed the decline to the cancellation of several festival-related events in the surrounding museums in Rotterdam.

Wolfson, who also serves as director of a contemporary art museum, will decide in the next two weeks if he is available for another year with the fest. He took over from the departing Sandra den Hamer in September.

The last prize of the festival to be dished out, the Public Award, was won Saturday by the French animated film "Persepolis." Rutger Hauer was on hand to present the award to the distributor of the film.
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