In-person film festivals might seem like a hazy memory from a long ago past, but with theaters starting to reopen back in New York City, there might be a possibility on the horizon for them to exist again.
That’s the hope for Telluride at least, as the Colorado resort town’s (usually) annual film festival has announced their dates for 2021, expanding from their usual three days to four, from September 2nd to the 6th. As part of the announcement they have stated that their plan is for it to be an in-person event, hoping that the COVID-19 vaccine rollout will be far enough along by the end of summer to make this a possibility.
Telluride executive director Julie Huntsinger said, ““Our position within the festival calendar gives us hope that we will be able to hold the festival this year. We are guided by science and are continuously evaluating the global pandemic in relation to health, travel and live events. Time will tell, but in the meantime, we are busy planning for and putting together an incredible program.”
As the likelihood of this plan coming to fruition remains up in the air, passes for the festival have not gone on sale yet, although a wait list is being put together on a first-come, first-serve basis. Huntsinger said that the majority of 2020 passholders have requested to roll those over for the planned 2021 festival.
Time will tell whether this can happen or not, but festivals are holding onto hope that they might not have to cancel for a second year in a row. While Sundance and SXSW have adopted the virtual format for their 2021 events, Cannes is alongside Telluride in aiming to hold in-person festivities this year. The prestigious French festival still has their dates set from July 6th to the 17th, which seems like a far less likely proposition than Telluride may be.