Key industry venues & getting around in Amsterdam

    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.

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    Industry Venues

    Arti et AmicitiaeRokin 112
    Docs for Sale

    Press viewing booths

    CompagnietheaterKloveniersburgwal 50
    IDFAcademy
    IDFA Forum
    Industry Meetups
    IDFA Dialogues

    Het Groene Paleis - Rokin 65
    Industry Consultancies

    Tolhuistuin - Ijpromenade
    New Media Hub/DocLab Exhibition
    IDFA DocLab Forum

    Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke GrondNes 45
    Industry Hub: Industry Talks, Sessions, Consultancies, Meetups, Delegation pitches
    Guest Desk, Industry Desk, Guest Box Office, Press Desk
    Producers Connection
    Filmmaker Talks
    DocLab Live Events
    IDFA Dialogues

    ZuiderkerkZuiderkerkhof 72
    IDFA Forum Lunches

    The Netherlands Film Academy - Markenplein 1
    Industry session hosted by NBF
    IDFA Film Academy Day

    Festival cafes

    Café Kuyl - Rembrandtplein 26 | open from 11:00 to 20:00
    Café Restaurant Schiller - Rembrandtplein 24-A | open from 12:00 to 20:00
    Droog - Staalstraat 7B | open from 8:30 to 19:00

    Cinemas

    EyeIJpromenade 1
    Filmtheater Kriterion - Roetersstraat 170
    Pathé de MuntVijzelstraat 15
    Pathé TuschinskiReguliersbreestraat 26
    Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke GrondNes 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

    Hotels

    VolkshotelWibautstraat 150
    Mercure Amsterdam Centre Canal DistrictNoorderstraat 46
    Eden Rembrandt Square HotelAmstelstraat 17

    Getting around in Amsterdam

    Bikes

    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.

    Public Transport in Amsterdam

    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

    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.

    From the festival center to other festival locations

    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.

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