FESTIVAL FAQ

Q: How will the 2020 virtual festival work?

A: We’re hosting five films over five days: Dec. 2-6. All screenings will be virtual, and they will cost $8 apiece. Each films will be available for the duration of the festival. A festival pass will be $32, offering access to all five films. Tickets and passes are on sale now.

Q: I’d like to watch some at the virtual Freep Film Festival, but I’m not sure where to start.

A: Here’s a detailed step-by-step guide to buying tickets/passes and watching films at the festival. There are some additional FAQs as well.

Q: What films are screening?

A: We’ve got movies about the battle for change in the restaurant industry, Detroit’s famed hard-core punk scene, NFL cheerleaders and their fight for respect, Flint’s vibrant hip-hop history and the controversy over facial-recognition technology. Here’s a link to the lineup.

Q: What else is happening at the December festival?

A: We’ll have accompanying virtual Q&As for each of the films, featuring directors, subjects and community members.

Q: I bought a pass to the 2020 festival earlier this year. What happens now?

A: Your pass will be good for all screenings at the 2020 virtual festival in December. And you also will receive a free pass for the 2021 festival.

Q: When is the 2021 festival happening?

A: We’re moving to fall in 2021. Our new dates are Sept. 22-26.

Q: Freep Film Festival has always been in the spring. Why is it moving to fall in 2021?

A: There are a variety of reasons. In the big-picture, we feel September provides the best opportunity to present the vibrant, in-person festival that our attendees have come to expect. Of course, we hope that those additional five months will help us outrun the pandemic.

Q: With the festival moving to September, are other changes envisioned?

A: We’re just beginning the real planning for the 2021 event. But it will look similar to previous editions. Expect the best in documentaries – many with strong local connections. Lots of conversation about the films and the issues they raise, informed by Free Press journalism. There also will be the usual mix of parties, music, free educational events and other stuff we’re only starting to dream up.

Most of our past venue partners have agreed in principle to our new dates.

Q: I bought tickets to the John Cusack event that was scheduled for Dec. 5. What happens to my tickets?

A: They will be good for the same seats for the performance rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. If you have further questions about your tickets, please direct them to boxoffice@themasonic.com.

Q: I see passes for the 2021 festival have gone on sale. Why should I buy one now?

A: First, prices will increase in 2021. Second, if you buy a 2021 festival pass now, you’ll receive a free pass to the 2020 virtual edition being held in December. To buy passes or get more info, see freepfilmfestival.com/passes/.

Q: I have a film that might be a fit for the 2021 festival. How should I submit?

A: We’ll be making an additional announcement about potential submissions soon. In the meantime, we’d love to hear about your film – but only if it’s a documentary, and especially if it has connections to Detroit or Michigan. Email us at freepfilmfestival@freepress.com.

Q: Are sponsorship and partnership opportunities available?

A: Definitely. We’d love to talk. Email festival executive director Steve Byrne at spbyrne@freepress.com.

Q: I have further questions. Whom should I contact?

A: Email us at freepfilmfestival@freepress.com, and we’ll get back to you.