Get ready for our 50th edition online in February

08 January 2021

50th edition

Get ready for the festival kicking off from 1 to 7 February. Explore the programme, find your favourite films, save the dates for ticket sales and get familiar with how to watch films and their premieres online this edition.

The extended 50th edition of IFFR will kick off online from 1 to 7 February 2021, on our tailor-made platform, and continue onwards in various formats into June. IFFR 2021 was designed with full attention for our audiences and guests' health and safety. We fashioned our reimagined format for 2021 by adapting to the ever-changing Covid-19 crisis and responding to the latest governmental safety regulations in the Netherlands. At the heart of this redesign lies our continuous commitment to reach out to and support filmmakers, industry members, partners, suppliers and audiences.

On 12 January, the Dutch government announced an extension of the national lockdown and closure of public venues, including cinemas, up to and including 9 February. With our online platform, we remain true to our long-established tradition of innovation and experimentation and are offering a unique hub for our filmmaking community to access emerging film talent. Our online festival offer will enable audiences and accredited guests the opportunity to experience live film premieres, Big Talks and our full February festival programme – including live online Q&As and interactions – and the IFFR Pro Days programme (1 to 5 February).

We are looking forward to celebrating our 50th edition with you, our community of makers, partners, supporters and audiences, even if it is from afar. We invite you to join us for the first part of the festival, online, from 1 to 7 February.


Film programme and favouriting films

Our film lineup for the first part of IFFR 2021 in February is online! Browse here. We now invite you to create a personal account or log in to select your favourite films from the programme. 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. 


New: experiencing the festival online 

Every film in the IFFR 2021 programme will be available online as a timed premiere screening (whenever possible with live Q&A) and also as an on demand programme, which remains available for 72 hours after the premiere. You can choose to experience the premiere together with other festival visitors or to enjoy the flexibility of watching on demand. 

On Wednesday 20 January at 10:00 hours, we will publish all of the screening times on and in the IFFR Programmabijlage, which will be published online this year, on and de Volkskrant online. From your Favourites overview in your account, you can choose which screenings, events and on demand programmes you would like to place in your Agenda. You can also do this via the film page or from the IFFR Film Finder. 

Dates for ticket sales

Ticket sales start on Thursday 21 January at 20:00 hours exclusively for Tiger Members, and the next day, Friday 22 January at 20:00 hours, for everyone else. You can buy tickets for the screenings, events and on demand programmes you have selected, right from your Agenda overview. You can also buy tickets directly from the film pages. Check the Ticket Sales FAQ page 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. 


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