FESTIVAL FAQ

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 in most ways, 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 a mix of parties, music, free educational events and other stuff we’re only starting to dream up. The festival team is committed to creating the sort of festival environment you know and love.

Most of our past venue partners have agreed in principle to our new dates. In addition, we plan to present virtual screenings as well.

Q: What is happening to the opening night screening of “America You Kill Me” that was originally scheduled for April 22, 2020, at the Fillmore Detroit?

A: Refunds for this event are being processed by Live Nation, via point of purchase.  For more information, please visit: https://livemu.sc/2vQAUhc.

Freep Film Festival is committed to a rescheduled event featuring this documentary exploring the life and impact of Detroit LGBTQ activist Jeffrey Montgomery. The exact date and venue of the rescheduled screening are TBA.

Q: What happens to the tickets I bought to the 2020 screening of “Grosse Pointe Blank” featuring an appearance by star John Cusack?

A: This event has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, and will remain at the same venue: the Masonic’s Cathedral Theatre. All tickets purchased for April 24 (or the initially rescheduled date of Dec. 5) will be honored on Sept. 25. If you have any questions, please address them to customerservice@themasonic.com.

Q: I purchased a pass for the April, 2020, festival. Is it still good?

A: Yes, we will honor all passes purchased for the April event at our 2021 festival. Please reach out with questions to box office manager Leah Yanuszeski at lyanuszesk@michigan.com.

Q: I purchased a VIP pass for the 2020 festival. Will it still include the same extra benefits in 2021?

A: Yes, VIP passholders will receive a ticket to the 2021 lineup reveal party, a VIP ticket to Opening Night (date and venue TBA), a ticket to the John Cusack “Grosse Pointe Blank” screening on Sept. 25, and a ticket to the filmmaker party on festival weekend. Other VIP events may be added. Please reach out with questions to box office manager Leah Yanuszeski at lyanuszesk@michigan.com.

Q: Where will the 2021 festival be held?

A: We have general commitments from many of our past venue partners. As we finalize the venue lineup in the coming months, we’ll add confirmed names in this space and on the festival website. The past festival footprint — centered in greater downtown Detroit, with other locations sprinkled throughout metro Detroit — will remain the same.

Q: Where can I keep up with updates as they are announced?

A: All of our news will be gathered at freepfilmfestival.com. We’re also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Additionally, you can sign up for our email newsletter on the home page of the freepfilmfestival.com.

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

A: First, prices will increase on Jan. 1, 2021. 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.