Q: How and when did you announce the festival’s postponement?
A: Here’s the statement we released on March 25:
Dear Friends of Freep Film Festival:
We’re sad to report that we are postponing the 7th annual Freep Film Festival, which was scheduled for April 22-26. While many details remain to be finalized, we plan to move the event to the first week of December.
As the Covid-19 pandemic unfolds – including Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s current ban on public gatherings – we need to keep the safety of our attendees, filmmakers, partners and staff as our No. 1 concern. Hosting a festival just isn’t feasible in these circumstances.
Of course, we’re disappointed. But we are determined to move forward by producing a great event at the end of 2020.
As many of you know, we were prepared to unveil our full film lineup on March 12, but delayed that announcement as the imminent seriousness of the Covid-19 situation became apparent. For now, we’re going to keep the lineup under wraps.
In the coming days and weeks, we’re going to have one-on-one conversations with all the filmmakers, distributors and other partners who were set to participate in our April 22-26 event. We hope that many of them will still be part of the festival come December, though some filmmakers may need to follow a different path – a reality we understand and accept.
We’re encouraged that many of our venue partners have already agreed to host screenings and other events in our rescheduled time frame. We’re already busy nailing down the specifics of the schedule.
To our patrons: We sincerely felt like we were ready to roll out our best Freep Film Festival yet. We’re so sorry we won’t be seeing you at the end of April. The Covid-19 development is particularly distressing for those who believe in the power of film presented in a communal setting, and we certainly do.
We’ve prepared a FAQ in anticipation of many your most likely questions, including details about passes, the John Cusack “Grosse Pointe Blank” event and our opening night world premiere of “America You Kill Me.” The FAQ, which you can read here, will be updated as more information becomes available. If you need additional answers, please don’t hesitate to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you in person in December. We also are exploring options for hosting some virtual screenings and conversations aligned with our April 22-26 dates. More on that soon.
In the meantime, please stay safe and focus on what’s most important: the health of you, your family and our community.
The Freep Film Festival team
Q: What is happening to the opening night screening of “America You Kill Me” scheduled for April 22 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 opening night 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. But it will likely be during the first week of December.
We ask for your patience as we work to resolve this question. We expect to have an update soon.
Q: What happens to the tickets I bought to the April 24 screening of “Grosse Pointe Blank” featuring an appearance by star John Cusack?
A: This event is being rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5, and will remain at the same venue: the Masonic’s Cathedral Theatre. All tickets purchased for April 24 will be honored on the Dec. 5 date. If you have any questions, please address them to email@example.com.
Q: I purchased a pass for the April 22-26 festival. Is it still good?
A: Yes, we will honor all passes purchased for our new December dates. Please reach out with questions to box office manager Leah Yanuszeski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: I purchased a VIP pass. Will it still include the same extra benefits?
A: Yes, VIP passholders will receive a ticket to the lineup reveal party, a VIP ticket to Opening Night (date and venue TBA), a ticket to the John Cusack “Grosse Pointe Blank” screening, 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 email@example.com.
Q: Will the festival in December be the same size as the one that was planned for April?
A: It’s too early for us to say exactly how many films will be shown, or exactly how many events the December festival will contain. We are confident there will be dozens and dozens of film screenings, along with parties, music, food events and free educational offerings. The festival team is committed to creating the same exciting festival environment you know and love.
Q: What are the exact dates planned for December?
A: We don’t have the finalized dates yet. But it will be roughly Dec. 2-6, give or take a day.
Q: Where will the festival be held in December?
A: We have general commitments from many of our venue partners who were going to host events at the April version of the festival. As we finalize the venue lineup in the coming months, we’ll add confirmed names in this space and on the festival website.
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.