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TIFF 2020 13-19 January



January 18-24 2021

As a TIFF volunteer you take part in making a great festival week for our audience and for the city of Tromsø. We need skilled and eager volunteers for a various number of tasks during the festival.

TIFF 2021 will be a different festival due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The situation involves some new tasks for the volunteers as well, making sure the festival venues are safe for our audience as well as the TIFF team. It's important to us that our volunteers too feel safe when at work for TIFF and you will of course be trained in our safety protocol.

At the event we will present news from the TIFF 2021 program and we have several guests on stage at Verdensteatret. Among others, UiT researcher Kara Kathleen Hodgson and Assistant Professor Jonas Stein join us to discuss our upcoming sidebar "USA Behind the Scenes".

The event starts Thursday Nov. 12th at 19:30 - at Verdensteatret and online.

The online stream will be available here on the website, on our Facebook page and on the Facebook event "TIFF2021 kick-off".

For the 21st year running the section will present new films from the Barents Region and other circumpolar areas. We invite films wherein the subject or the production is related to the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Canada or Iceland, to participate.

Feature films as well as shorts and documentaries are eligible.

Selected films can be presented in or out of competition. Tromsøpalmen will be awarded to the best short or documentary in competition, along with a prize of €5000 to the film’s director.

In any normal year, the Tromsø International Fim Festival presents a cinema tour in Russia with visiting directors and short films from the festival's Films from the North program. The cinema tours have been very popular with audiences in cities from Murmansk to Moscow. This year, due to the corona virus the program will be presented online.


  • Verdensteatret Cinemateque: All screenings through March 31. are cancelled.
  • Silent Film Days 2020: Until otherwise noticed the festival is to proceed as planned April 23-25.

We are following the official recommandations and directives from the Government, so the status is up for change if new directives should be issued. We will come back with updated information if this happens.

In the meantime we all have to watch films at home, but we hope to see you again in not too long. Take care!

We proudly present this year's winners of TIFF's own Aurora Prize, the international critics award Fipresci and the Don Quijote award which is awarded by the International Film Club FICC, The Tromsø Palm for the best film in the Films From the North programme, and The Faith in Film Award, The Norwegian Peace FIlm Award – and of course the Tromsø Audience Award.



On Friday, January 3, several of #TIFF20's films were presented and discussed at the program presentation. On Monday, January 6, the tickets for the various movie screenings will be released - here you'll find the full schedule for #TIFF20.

To help you get started on creating your personal festival calendar, we've put together some of the TIFF staff's personal film tips.

The printed program will arrive over the weekend. In the meantime you can download a PDF version here.

The progam schedule is of course also available in our online calendar.


AELITA (Studentsamfunnet Driv):

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We revisit one of TIFF’s most spectacular events ever! Finnish space punks Cleaning Women perform their industrial disco-rock soundtrack live to yakov Protazanov’s AELITA, just like they did at TIFF 2004.

TIFF is lucky enough to have a great group of volunteers who help us create a fantastic and eventful festival. As a volunteer you represent us to the audience, and you and your efforts are central to a smoothly run festival. Wether you're checking tickets, driving a car or taking care of our guests, the role you play is important to us. January 13th-19th 2020 will be the 30th edition of the festival and we hope that you will join us in making this anniversary great!


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