The Traverse City Film Festival has announced it will postpone its 16th annual gathering until next year due to the precautions being taken around the coronavirus pandemic. Next year’s festival will be held July 27-August 1, 2021. It is hoped that much of what was being planned for this year’s fest will be transferred to next summer.
“We know that the Traverse City community loves the movies, and we are determined to bring back films once the order is lifted and our own local health officials deem it to be safe,” said TCFF founder and president, Michael Moore. “We want to assure our community that we will work with medical professionals to open our theaters when we are allowed to do so and will follow all safety and sanitation measures, including reconfiguring our ticketing and seating to conform to the social distancing protocols. First and foremost, we will work together to keep our community safe.”
…Additionally, festival and theater staff are volunteering their time to work on new ways to bring the movies safely back to our community, including a possible pop-up drive-in, mini festival, streaming recommendations, a hunt for the oldest State Theatre ticket stub, a Live Your Movie Moment Movie Challenge, and other ideas to bring some levity and hope to the situation, including ongoing marquee changes.
“We are sad to not be showing movies,” said TCFF Creative Director Meg Weichman, “and it won’t be an easy flip of the switch to be back up and running once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. But if this time apart has made anything clear, it has made us appreciate the beauty and power of gathering together to experience great films all the more.”
“We’re dedicated to reopening our theaters and being an anchor of our vibrant downtown — lighting up Front Street with our sparkling marquee again,” added TCFF Managing Director Susan Fisher. “Like our neighbors, we’re trying to connect with our patrons and friends to provide whatever experiences make life seem a bit more normal. We will fight to make sure we’re there for everyone when this is over.”
More at the TCFF website.