Internationaal Filmfestival Assen | Vrouw & Film

41st edition

About IFA
International Film Festival Assen (IFA) is an annual three-day film festival that focuses on the role of women in front of and behind the camera. IFA strengthens the position of women in film by providing a platform and encouraging and stimulating female filmmakers. IFA offers a program full of recently released (inter)national titles, exclusive pre-releases and a careful selection of last year’s best films that match the IFA mission. Visit our various film projects with panel talks, introductions and Q&A’s with filmmakers and guest programmers. And enjoy the program Contour in the foyer, with performing arts, a photo and IFA exhibition and live music every day. In addition, there are short film competitions for new Dutch and Northern filmmaking talent: KersVers and Noordsterren, for which prizes will be awarded during the festival by a professional jury.

IFA is one of the oldest film festivals with a feminist tradition in Europe, the only festival with such an orientation in The Netherlands and one of the few places in Drenthe that program arthouse films.

In 2020 we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the International Film Festival Assen | Vrouw & Film, founded in 1980 as Festival Vrouwenfilms. At the time, the festival mainly had an educational purpose. Over the last forty years, the emphasis of IFA’s mission has shifted and developed; now, the festival is above all a platform for film, although its theme and importance have not changed. During the 2020 edition we looked back on four decades of IFA: how has the role of women in film and in society changed, and to what extent? What might have changed years from now, and how can we help to shape that future? Keep an eye on our social media channels for more information about IFA’s next edition, on 5-7 March 2021. We look forward to welcoming you!

5 – 7 March 2021

Main festival location DNK and Drents Archief are located in Assen, on the edge of the city center, and can be easily reached by foot, public transport, bicycle or car.

Public transport
Cinema De Nieuwe Kolk is a 10-minute walk from the Assen train station. With city bus 1 or bus 50, you can reach DNK within twenty minutes. Drents Archief is a 5-minute walk from the station. The Stationsstraat leads you directly to the Museumlaantje, across the little bridge. The entrance to the Drents Archief is next to the famous statue of Bartje.

The free indoor bicycle parking at DNK can be reached via the Vaart Noordzijde. Or park your bike (also for free) at the bicycle stands outside at DNK and Drents Archief.

Weiersstraat 1

Drents Archief
Brink 4

Tickets for the 2021 edition will go on sale in February, at the DNK box office (limited) and via the DNK website. Ticket for Friends of IFA will start selling two days before the regular ticket sale date.

Ticket prices in 2020:
Regular €9,50
Friends of IFA €8,00
CJP / Students €8,00
Donation ticket €11,00 *
10-movie-ticket €85,00 *
Filmspecial €12,50
Short film programs KersVers / Noordsterren €8,00
Program at Drents Archief €5,50

*not available online

Donation ticket
Like to contribute to our festival, but don’t feel like becoming a Friend? No worries, we are happy with all support! With a donation ticket you buy a ticket for a movie you want to see, and donate an extra € 1.50, contributing to the continued existence of this wonderful festival.

Become our Friend!

As Friend of IFA you not only support the festival, but every year you’ll get some great perks, too.

  • €1,50 discount on every IFA film ticket
  • Priority ticket sale: buy your tickets two days before the regular ticket sale starts (for all films and the exclusive opening night on Friday 5 March)
  • Free ticket for yourself + 1 guest for the specially selected Vriendenfilm

The more great friends we have, the greater the festival gets! Interested in becoming Vriend van IFA (or know someone who might be)? Mail your name and postal code + house number to and follow the instructions for becoming a friend, for just 25 euros or more, donations are always welcome!

Because many of the films at IFA appeal to an international crowd, we would like to share these titels with you. All films in our 2020 program that are spoken in English or have English subtitles are listed below. You can watch the trailer by clicking on the titles. Keep an eye out for our 2021 film program early next year!

A Perfectly Normal Family
Amazing Grace
Fish Tank
Fucking Åmål
Happy Ending
Lillian (with Q&A in English)
Little Women
Queen & Slim
Saint Frances

All introductions and Q&As, the Talkshow 40 jaar Vrouw & Film, and the IFA Perspectief panel talk are Dutch spoken, unless noted otherwise.