Dates are set for the Telluride Film Festival 2021. But there’s more news than the September 2-6 race, which is being reduced from three days to four: organizers hope to host an in-person event at the resort town of Colorado.
The hope is that the Covid-19 vaccination process will be quite advanced by then and that by taking all necessary safety precautions, including the extra day, the festival will not have to be virtual. Last year’s event was canceled.
“Our position in the festival calendar gives us hope that we can host the festival this year,” said Julie Huntsinger, executive director of Telluride. “We are guided by science and continuously assess the global pandemic with regards to health, travel and live events. Time will tell, but in the meantime we are busy planning and putting together an amazing program.
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That said, passes for the 48th annual event are not on sale yet, but a waitlist is being compiled on a first come, first served basis.
“Following the festival’s cancellation in 2020, the majority of pass holders have requested to postpone their passes until 2021,” Huntsinger added. “Without knowing the capacity restrictions of the theater, the small number of passes remaining is held back by great caution.”
She added, “We would like to take this moment to thank everyone for their continued support of the Telluride Film Festival. There have been some truly remarkable souls who have gone above and beyond in the past 12 months. It’s been a tough year for everyone, and we look forward to welcoming our audiences back to the beautiful Telluride Mountains to do what we do best – celebrate the art of filmmaking.
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