Get ready for our 50th edition in June

14 May 2021

50th edition

IFFR 2021’s celebratory closing programme extends online and in cinemas and film theatres in Rotterdam, from 2 to 6 June. Get ready for the festival by finding the films you want to watch and preparing for ticket sales, starting 20 May for Tiger Members and 21 May for regular tickets.

The closing programme of our extended 50th edition takes place from 2 to 6 June, with our online programme available until 9 June. Like in February, we’re inviting you to join us on our tailor-made platform, to experience a full and exciting programme of films and IFFR Talks.

We also hope to bring the festival to the physical space, with screenings and a small number of special events in Rotterdam. This, of course, depends on the relief of Covid-19 regulations expected during the course of May, including the reopening of local cinemas and film theatres with a limited capacity. Our team is doing the most it can to support filmmakers, audiences, and to make this an uplifting and festive close of IFFR 2021.

Experience the festival across the Netherlands:

Watch the official film selection on
All films in the June programme will be available on demand for a 72-hour period, excluding our Opening Film, which will be our only timed film premiere online. All films are geo-blocked to the Netherlands. 

On Thursday 20 May all screening times will be published on and in the supplement in the Volkskrant newspaper that day. On, from your Favourites overview in your account, you can choose which on demand films you would like to place in your Agenda. You can also do this via the film page or from the IFFR Film Finder

Watch films in Rotterdam film theatres and cinemas, and attend special events 

Attend a film screening or event physically at one of our festival locations KINO, LantarenVenster, Pathé Schouwburgplein, Cinerama Filmtheater or WORM, or visit one of our on-site events in Rotterdam (Art Directions) including The Werner – Guerilla Cinema. A number of adjustments have been made since the IFFR programme supplement for the Volkskrant newspaper went to press. See the latest updates here.

Please note: Physical festival programming and our Covid-19 regulations are susceptible to change. Read our Covid-19 safety protocol before buying tickets and again before visiting the festival. 

Film programme and favouriting films
Our film lineup for the June programme is online! Browse here. We now invite you to create a personal account or log in to select your favourite films. Can’t decide which films you want to watch? Try our IFFR Film Finder tool which gets to know what you like and leads you to the films that suit you best. 

Dates for ticket sales
Ticket sales start on Thursday, May 20 at 20:00 for Tiger Members and regular ticket sales start the following day, Friday, 21 May at 20:00. You can buy tickets for the films you have selected from your Agenda overview. You can also buy tickets directly from the film pages. Check our ticket sale tips for further details.

Your festival agenda 
Once the festival has started, you can use the Agenda overview in your account environment to gain access to any online programme you have booked tickets for.

Experience the festival as a press professional (worldwide or in the Netherlands):

Press conference
Watch the press conference live on at 15:00 (CEST) on Tuesday 18 May, after logging into your IFFR account. The full festival programme will be announced, including opening and closing titles, IFFR Classics, IFFR Talks and a number of highlights from across the selection.

Watching films in the IFFR 2021 June selection
Accredited press can view films from the official selection of IFFR 2021 through Festival Scope Pro. This platform replaces the usual ‘Press & Industry screenings’ that take place at the physical festival. 

Watch IFFR Talks free and worldwide
Big Talks and the Freedom Lecture can be viewed on for free and worldwide. Join the talks as timed premieres or watch later on demand.


Updates festival visit IFFR 2021 in June

Latest information about physical screenings and previously announced programmes.


IFFR 2022, Covid-19, health and safety

IFFR puts health and safety first. Find the measures IFFR will take to adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic. The wellbeing of our visitors, guests and staff is of great importance.


Experiencing IFFR 2021 from home

You can find our practical information on how to experience IFFR from home here.


Experience IFFR 2021 in cinemas

In June you can watch films together with other visitors in the cinemas in Rotterdam.

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