Screening venues

Tromsø International Film Festival has expanded ever since its beginning. The festival now screens more films, has gained a larger audience and has naturally outgrown the traditional cinemas in Tromsø. Films are therefore screened in a variety of venues, all located in the city centre.

Aurora kino Fokus

Photo: Ingun A. Mæhlum

Aurora kino Fokus is the public cinema in Tromsø and TIFF's main screening venue, with its six theatres and a total of 878 seats.


Photo: Mohamed Jabaly

With its 613 seats, Storsalen (the Main Hall) at KulturHuset is the largest single venue at TIFF. The rest of the year, Storsalen is used as a concert venue for orchestral music, jazz, rock and other genres. You can also see theatre plays, stand up comedy and other stage productions here. But in the third week of January, it's only film on the menu.

Verdensteatret Cinematheque

Foto: Mats Gangvik

Verdensteatret (The World Theatre) opened in 1916 and is Norway's oldest still operating cinema. TIFF runs Verdensteatret as a cinematheque the whole year through, but every year in third week of January it's all about the festival. Verdensteatret is also where the TIFF administration's offices are located. The theatre has 216 seats.

Studentsamfunnet Driv

Fullt hus på Driv
Photo: Jamie M. Bivard

Studentsamfunnet Driv (Driv Student Society) is owned by Norges Arktiske Studentsamskipnad and
is run on voluntary basis by students at the University of Tromsø. Driv first opened on April 1st, 2000, and in January 2014 it was relocated to new facilities in Mack-kvartalet (Storgata 6). During TIFF we use the main stage (SNN-scenen) for film screenings and other parts of the house for other events.

Hålogaland Teater

Tromsø's beautiful theatre building opened in 2005 and has three theatre halls.
The biggest stage, Scene Vest with 330 seats is used for festival screenings during TIFF. Sometimes we also have social events in the theatre foyer.

The Winter Cinema

Photo: Ingun A. Mæhlum

Tromsø International Film Festival is set in the dark polar nights, which give's TIFF the unique possibility to screen films outdoors. The Winter Cinema is located at the main square in the heart of Tromsø. Every morning before the daylight arrives, we screen short films for school- and kindergarten kids. And when the winter darkness is back in the late afternoon we screen various films and short film programs for the grownups.

Hermes II

Experience two intimate film premieres surrounded by breathtaking nature on board a unique wooden boat. Hermes II was built in 1917 and is an exceptional piece of Norwegian coastal history that is still sailing in our Arctic waters. For over 100 years, the boat has transported coal, fish, animals, houses, people, and churches along the Norwegian coast. Hermes II contributed to the evacuation after the destruction of Finnmark and North Troms during World War II and helped rebuild the area afterwards.

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The ÁRRAN arena is outside Hålogaland Teater. It is the world's largest lávvu with a 270-degree screen, designed to showcase purpose-made films.

The Lávvu has a strong tradition in the Sámi culture, as it has been both a home and a spiritual space for the Sámi people for centuries. The lávvu has been a shelter in the harsh Arctic winters and was constructed to endure strong winds. The traditional lávvu has always been mobile, and as the famous poet Aillohaš said: 'My home is in my heart, and it migrates with me.' Entering the film lávvu you will step into a circular space where the past meets the future.

ÁRRAN 360° started as an official part of the extended program of 'The Sámi Pavilion' at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale de Venezia. ÁRRANs first-of-its-kind film project features original 360-degree films created by leading filmmakers from across Sápmi.

Read more about ÁRRAN 360° here: