Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) announced today that its rescheduled dates for the 2020 festival will be September 8-13, 2020. The festival plans to screen 30 plus film titles in physical theatres, pending approval from city and health officials, and the remaining festival will include its first ever virtual screenings, panels, live streaming events, and red carpets.
RIFF postponed its original 2020 festival dates (April 23-28) amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. Like many festivals throughout the country, as a result the festival redirected its efforts to explore new innovations via a virtual festival platform that allows patrons, filmmakers, musicians, and partners across the globe to experience the festival in a socially distanced setting according to safety guidelines in place.
The 2020 festival will be hybrid model that allows for various forms of participation bringing added ways to engage and participate in this year’s festival.
Physical screenings, if clearance remains by officials and current guidelines, will take place at the historic Byrd Theatre, which has been closed since March due to the pandemic. Additional screenings to possibly take place at Bow Tie Cinemas (Criterion and Movieland) contingent upon Phase III guidelines.
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