Program 2023

At this site you can have a look at the program from the 33rd edition of TIFF, which took place on 16th-22nd of January 2023.

The program for TIFF 2024 will be published in mid-December!

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A selection of internationally acclaimed and artistically challenging films are competing for the Aurora Prize. The films in competition are also eligible for the FIPRESCI International Critics’ Award and the FICC Don Quixote Prize. All films have their Norwegian premiere at the 33d Tromsø International Film Festival.


The Horizons sidebar features a selection of top-quality films from all over the world, covering a wide range of genres and styles. The only criterion here is quality. This program is based on the festival’s vision: to challenge and contribute to human beings’ personal growth through the films we are presenting to our audience.

East Side Stories

Tromsø International Film Festival has since its beginning promoted cultural exchange with our Eastern neighbors. Starting with a selection of some of the last Soviet-produced films at the first festival edition in 1991, we have since continued to present titles from a region that is otherwise often neglected. Since 2002, this program has been a regular sidebar for feature films and documentaries from former Soviet republics, including Russia. In these times we find it more important than ever to give room to critical voices and stories from the region.


This film program explores and highlights the current situation in the Arab world. We are bringing together a selection of films that tells the different stories of the constantly changing Arab world. 22 Arab countries with different cultures – only sharing the language; wherever you go, you can speak Arabic. Could cinema as well play that common role?

Patricia Highsmith: Beautiful Shadows

Patricia Highsmith is a filmmaker favorite. Her 1950 debut novel, Strangers on a Train, was made into a movie already the following year by none less than Alfred Hitchcock. Her novels have been adapted for the big screen more than 20 times. In this mini-portrait, we show some of the highlights - from Alfred Hitchcock to Wim Wenders. We have also included a new documentary, Loving Highsmith, which investigates the authors own eventful life. The program is named Beautiful Shadows, referencing the darkness and elegance so prevailing in her stories.

Films from the North

Films from the North showcases the best of the High North, including a broad representation of northern Indigenous films. FFN presents a prime selection of short docs and fiction films made in northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia and Canada, as well as Sápmi, Alaska, Iceland and Greenland. The Tromsø Palm Award is presented to the best short or documentary (under 60 minutes) in competition.  

Films from the North Features

Films from the North Features presents a prime selection of new documentaries and fiction films from the High North, including a broad representation of northern Indigenous filmmakers. Eligible areas are Sápmi, northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia and Canada, as well as Alaska, Iceland and Greenland.

Critic's Week

The Critic’s Week is organized by the Norwegian Film Critics' Association and presents five international feature films. The selection is based on the individual film critic's personal preference. The sidebar also includes four Norwegian features, selected by TIFF and the film website, and presented by critics and film scholars at the screenings. Please note that introductions by Norwegian critics will be held in Norwegian.

Special Screenings

A special screening is not like other screenings, to point out the obvious. This section offers a whole range of unique film experiences, like film concerts at Verdensteatret, singalong films at Driv, coastal movies in the 100-year-old fishing boat, Hermes II, and screenings for everybody at our outdoor Winter Cinema at Stortorget. Most of these screenings are also singular in the sense that they take place only once during the festival, so this might be the place to start planning your schedule.


Welcome to TIFF UNG, our program for youth aged 15-19 years!
In collaboration with TVIBIT, we gathered a group of teenagers to watch films for our festival, with a mission to choose the four films
that make up TIFF UNG 2023. As we wish to make it easier for youth to find a place at our festival, we’ve programmed four screenings exclusively for audiences between 15 and 19 years.

Off Screen

Tromsø International Film Festival offers more than high-quality films. During the week, we host a range of Off Screen-events that aim to stimulate and inspire. Here you will have the chance to meet filmmakers and attend debates about trends in film and cinema.

Winter Cinema

Tromsø International Film Festival takes pride in offering outdoor screenings to all audiences at Stortorget (Tromsø Main Square). This is the coolest and biggest venue in town. The screenings take place every morning and afternoon for the whole festival week. You can experience Films From the North, music films, ski-, snowboard- and surf-films and also some classics at this year’s Winter Cinema.

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