Festival FAQ

Q: When is the 2022 festival happening?

A: We’ve moved to back spring for our 2022 edition. Our dates are April 27-May 1. The festival was held in the fall in 2021 — a switch that was made primarily due to the pandemic. The spring has been our traditional home, and we’re happy to be heading back.

Q: When will the festival reveal its film lineup and other programming?

A: Our full lineup will be announced in the middle of March. A few special events will be revealed before then.

Q: Where is the 2022 festival happening?

A: The festival will feature a mix of indoor, outdoor and at-home virtual screenings. Many of our past venues are participating. We’ll be announcing the full list soon.

The past festival footprint — centered in greater downtown Detroit, with other locations sprinkled throughout metro Detroit — will remain the same.

Q: What’s in store for the upcoming festival?

A: In most ways, the festival 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, free educational events and other stuff. The festival team is committed to creating the sort of festival environment you know and love.

Q: What precautions is the festival taking in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic?

A. In 2021, Freep Film Festival required vaccination cards and mask-wearing at all indoor events. We’ll be keeping a close eye on how things proceed with the pandemic, and make a final decision for 2022 as the festival gets closer.

We’ll make the best decision possible, with the safety of festival staff, volunteers, visiting filmmakers and guests in mind. We’ll be in close consultation with our venue partners.

Q: Are there other things to know about the festival in relation to pandemic?

In 2021, we worked hard to create a structure that would serve patrons who have a range of comfort levels. That’s why we were indoors, outdoors and also streaming virtually.

Our expectation is that we’ll follow a similar path in 2022.

Q: Is it possible to volunteer for the festival?

Yes! And we much appreciate you asking. We will open up registration in March for volunteers. We are looking for people who are friendly, enjoy answering a lot of questions and dig what the festival has to offer. Each shift will range from 3-4 hours, and we request that our volunteer can make time for at least two shifts. Volunteers will receive free access to a film screening for each shift worked, along with some festival merch. Plus you’ll get to hang out with your fellow film lovers!

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 this website.

Q: I have a film that might be a fit for the 2022 festival. How should I submit?

A: We’re just begun building our lineup for 2022. Freep Film Festival is generally an invite-based festival, meaning we seek out films, rather than charging filmmakers to enter a submission portal. That said, we 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 some basic info about your and your film at freepfilmfestival@freepress.com. If it’s a possible fit, we’ll be in touch.

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.

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