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TIFF 2020 13-19 January



January 18-24 2021

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!

The opening night in Murmansk on September 19th is close to sold out already.

– Throughout the last eight years we have built up a steady following of moviegoers in Russia. They follow us and all of our projects, and we also gain more followers each year, says Igor Shaytanov, Project Manager for TIFF.

The sidebar has traditionally been reserved for shorts and documentaries. It has been tremendously popular, with more than 6000 tickets sold annually. At the 2019 edition we also accepted feature length films into the program for the first time, as this format has become more and more important in regional production. For the 2020 festival we continue to expand our scope by inviting Icelandic films to participate.


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