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 was announced in March. See all the films here.

Q: Where is the 2022 festival happening?

A: The festival will feature a mix of in-person and at-home virtual screenings. The past festival footprint — centered in greater downtown Detroit, with other locations sprinkled throughout metro Detroit — will remain the same.

Our 2022 venue partners include the Birmingham 8 Powered by Emagine, Cinema Detroit, the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Frame, Michigan Science Center and the Redford Theatre.

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 are the festival’s plans in 2022 in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic?

A. Freep Film Festival will be taking a house-rules approach in 2022. That means we’ll be following the already-established protocols of our various venues. That also means our rules will vary from venue to venue. Each of our partners is taking a slightly different tack.

We’ll be asking our guests to pay careful attention to the rules we’re sharing via tickets, emails, the festival website and social media. We’re going to do our best to overcommunicate  the various sets of protocols. But we’ll need our attendees’ help to make this work.

This is our plan as of late March, at the time the lineup was announced and tickets were put on sale. It’s possible the circumstances of the pandemic will change, and we’ll need to adjust our house-rules approach. We’ll be paying close attention to news developments, and advice from heath experts and governing bodies.

Because our venues have instituted a variety of protocols, we think patrons with a variety of comfort levels should be able to find something that works for them. And for those who are not ready or able to attend events in person, most of the festival’s lineup will be available for at-home streaming.

Read detailed explanations of the rules at our venues here.

Q: I tried to buy tickets and got a message that said “rush line only.” What does that mean?

A: It means the allotment of advance tickets is sold out, but you can still buy at the venue on the day of the show by waiting in the rush line. Pass holders are admitted first, and advance ticket holders are admitted second. Their entry will begin about 30 minutes before showtime. After that, festival staff will determine how many open seats are remaining. Then rush line sales will begin.

A sizable number of tickets are being held back, so we expect rush line tickets to be available for the vast majority of our screenings. But admission is not guaranteed.

A more detailed explanation is here.

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: 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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