IDFA 2020 visitor information

    What does IDFA look like this year? On this page you'll find all practical information about visiting the festival, including ticket sales, locations, and frequently asked questions.

    From November 18 to December 6, IDFA is back: not only in Amsterdam and online, but also in 44 theaters throughout the Netherlands. IDFA will resume in-person screenings from November 19, when theaters re-open.

    Key dates

    • Monday, November 9 at noon: program schedule goes online, pre-sale for (Special) Friends
    • Thursday, November 12 at 9 am: general ticket sales begin

    From November 9, the online IDFA program will be published on idfa.nl. For (Special) Friends the general ticket sales start on Monday, November 9 at noon. General ticket sales for everyone begins on Thursday, November 12 at 9 a.m.

    All other practical information about IDFA 2020 can be found below.

    IDFA online

    Due to limited capacity in theaters, much of IDFA 2020 is online. For audiences in the Netherlands, IDFA kicks off the evening of Wednesday, November 18 with an online opening ceremony and film. Tickets are available for the opening night. Until December 6, we will screen more than 200 films, new media projects, and performances at fixed times in online cinemas via idfa.nl. Many online screenings are introduced by IDFA's programmers and followed by a talk—an in-depth interview with the filmmaker—or a shorter Q&A, where it is possible to ask questions to the filmmaker or protagonist in a live online environment. Online screenings start at 14:00 and last until approximately 23:00 on weekdays, and run from 10:00 to approximately 23:00 on weekends. Due to distribution rights, all scheduled online screenings are only available to watch in the Netherlands.

    IDFA in theaters

    As theaters will reopen on Novemer 19th, over 150 premieres will screen in Eye and Pathé Tuschinski in Amsterdam from November 19 to 25. Furthermore, IDFA Extended will take place from November 19 to December 6 in a number of Amsterdam theaters (De Balie, Ketelhuis, Kriterion, and Rialto) and in 40 theaters throughout the Netherlands. IDFA Extended includes a strong selection of seven socially urgent and cinematic documentary films, including IDFA's opening film.

    If unforeseen COVID-19 measures result in the closure of theaters past November 19, IDFA will go completely online. Keep an eye on our website for the latest news.

    IDFA Specials

    This year, a number of curated programs such as Best of IDFA Award Winners and Audience Favorites unfortunately cannot take place due to limited capacity in theaters. Instead, together with our partners, we have put together a special selection of individual films that can be viewed online.

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