TIFF 2021 will be an all-digital event

All film screenings and events, with exception of the festival’s outdoor Winter Cinema, will now take place online.

Publisert 09.01.2021 — Håvard Stangnes

The Winter Cinema at Tromsø's main square will be the only physical venue ast TIFF 2021. Photo: Jamie M. Bivard

Due to the recent added restrictions in Covid-19 regulations from the Norwegian government and health authorities, the Tromsø International Filmfestival is announcing that TIFF 2021 will be an all-digital event.

– We can assure you that this decision has not been made lightly. The festival has spent months preparing a strong program filled with high quality films and events and were on track to put on a safe and secure festival in line with all health protocols, says TIFF Festival Director Lisa Hoen.

However, the Government’s further restrictions, which were announced on 3 January (then reinforced and extended three days later) and advised that all cultural events up until 19 January should be cancelled, has simply made it impossible for us to continue with our plans for a physical and on-scene festival in Tromsø.

Festival Director Lisa Hoen. Photo: Tim Barclay
Festival Director Lisa Hoen. Photo: Tim Barclay

Health and safety first

– Many options have been discussed, but the bottom line is that we do not wish to go against the official national guidelines, even though Tromsø, for the moment, does not have a high rate of new infections. However, this may change in the coming weeks and TIFF wants to do its part in helping keep this situation under control. The health and safety of our audience, volunteers, guests and staff will always be most important, Hoen says.

However, TIFF Digital* is still going ahead! We want to do our best to ensure that our audience still have a wide and exciting program to enjoy from the safety of their own homes. 30 films from the festival program is already included in TIFF Digital, and more films will be added before the festival starts Monday 18 January.

TIFF Digital

*TIFF Digital will only be available in Norway.

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