As the festival approaches, keep an eye on this page for a complete overview of the main industry venues at IDFA 2021 and tips on how to get around in Amsterdam.
...and check out the downloadable venue map.
Arti et Amicitiae – Rokin 112
Docs for Sale
Press viewing booths
Compagnietheater – Kloveniersburgwal 50
Het Groene Paleis - Rokin 65
Tolhuistuin - Ijpromenade
New Media Hub/DocLab Exhibition
IDFA DocLab Forum
Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond – Nes 45
Industry Hub: Industry Talks, Sessions, Consultancies, Meetups, Delegation pitches
Guest Desk, Industry Desk, Guest Box Office, Press Desk
DocLab Live Events
Zuiderkerk – Zuiderkerkhof 72
IDFA Forum Lunches
The Netherlands Film Academy - Markenplein 1
Industry session hosted by NBF
IDFA Film Academy Day
Eye – IJpromenade 1
Filmtheater Kriterion - Roetersstraat 170
Pathé de Munt – Vijzelstraat 15
Pathé Tuschinski – Reguliersbreestraat 26
Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond – Nes 45
Rialto - Ceintuurbaan 338
Rialto VU - De Boelelaan 1111
De Balie - Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10
DeLaMar Theater - Marnixstraat 402
Carré - Amstel 115/125
Ketelhuis - Pazzanistraat 4
Podium Mozaïek - Bos en Lommerweg 191
Artis Planetarium (DocLab) - Plantage
A Lab (DocLab) - Overhoeksplein 2
De Appel - Schipluidenlaan 12
Do like the locals and get around by bike. It’s quicker than other forms of transport in the city center, eco-friendly, healthy, and you can park your bike nearly everywhere.
MacBike For our guests MacBike offers a 10% discount on bike rentals. Just bring your pass and use the promocode IDFA19. The two stores nearest to IDFA are: Amsterdam Central Station (De Ruijterkade 34B) & Waterlooplein (Waterlooplein 289), but there are three other stores downtown as well.
A lot of hotels, like our festival hotels Volkshotel & Mercure, also have bikes to rent.
GVB is the main public transport service in Amsterdam, and includes all metros, trams, ferries, and most busses. You can purchase tickets at the metro stops (payment by cash or card) and in trams and busses (payment by cards only). Ferries are free.
Day passes are available from €8. For more information on tickets, visit www.GVB.nl.
To plan your journey, there is a handy app called 9292 (available for iOS and Android). It allows you to plan journeys from anywhere to anywhere in The Netherlands with all public transport providers. English is available via the app’s settings.
OV-chipcard – the public transport smart card To travel by public transport in the Netherlands, you will need an OV-chipcard. There are several options: a disposable card for the train, a disposable card for the local bus/ tram/metro, and a reusable travel card which you can use for all kinds of transport throughout the whole country. For more information, visit www.ov-chipkaart.nl.
Trams operate until approximately 12:30 a.m. Night busses operate all night long. The ferries between Central Station and EYE go all night long.
Taxi Electric is a cab service in Amsterdam with full electric vehicles only. To book a ride download the app (App Store / Google Play), visit www.taxielectric.nl or contact +31 88 100 4444.
Other taxi services in Amsterdam include TCA via www.tcataxi.nl or +31 20 7777777, and UBER. There are numerous cab stands throughout the city. You can also hail a cab on the street, though this is not common practice.
Most major festival locations are situated around Rembrandtsquare. For a few other locations, we made directions on how to get there from Rembrandtsquare.
Getting to Eye (IJpromenade 1) & Tolhuistuin (IJpromenade 2) From Rembrandtsquare, take tram 4 or 9 to Central Station. When you get off at Central Station, walk all the way through the station until you reach the back entrance/exit. When you cross the road, you will see ferries on your left-hand side. Take one of the two ferries to Buiksloterweg; these ferries are free and take less than five minutes. When you get off the ferry, it’s a two minute walk to Eye or Tolhuistuin. The whole trip takes about 30 minutes in total. Ferries run every few minutes.
Getting to Royal Carré Theater (Amstel 115/125) From Rembrandtsquare, it takes about 15 minutes to reach the Royal Carré Theater by foot or by public transport. If you prefer to travel by public transport, take tram 9 (direction Diemen) or 14 (direction Flevopark). Get off at Waterlooplein, then walk for 9 minutes south along Amstel river.
Filmtheater Kriterion (Roeterstraat 170)
From Rembrandtsquare, take tram 14 (to Flevopark) at get off at Artis. Take the street on the right and follow for about 6 minutes. Kriterion is on the right hand side.