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Telluride Film Festival 2021 poster. Photo credit: Luke Dorman/Meow Wolf.

The Telluride Film Festival gleefully announced a return to an in-person event for it’s Labor Day weekend-long event in Colorado, from Thursday, September 2nd, through Monday, September 6th. It had to cancel it’s festival in the glorious mountains last year due to the Pandemic.  

Ebertfest 2018 Retrospective from Shatterglass Studios on Vimeo.

Two days later, our long-awaited new edition of Ebertfest (Roger Ebert Film Festival) with the University of Illinois will return to the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, Illinois, running from Wednesday, September 8th, through September 11th. But even we had to wrestle with concerns about safety, and the audience’s willingness to return. We are holding a Zoom session tonight (Wednesday, May 19th) to connect with our audience and to address any issues.

The Champaign Park District is currently following public health guidelines as issued by the State of Illinois and Champaign Urbana Public Health District. 

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The Toronto International Film Festival will be returning with an in-person and digital hybrid model from Thursday, September 9th, through Saturday, September 18th. Above you’ll find the official welcome video for last year’s TIFF festival.

The Chicago International Film Festival is set to return the following month, running from Wednesday, October 13th, through Sunday, October 24th. “We’re planning for a hybrid edition of our festival that will combine the best from the traditional in-person festival experience with the many positive outcomes and increased accessibility from the online and outdoor/drive-in screenings from last year,” said Mimi Plauché, Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival. “The different components will all take into account the most up-to-date safety protocols to ensure a fun, memorable, and safe experience for all of our audiences. Details will be announced later in the summer.” Movie lovers across the U.S. can enjoy the festival’s summer screening series currently being held on Wednesdays through September (click here for more info).

Last, but certainly not least, according to an official statement from the Sundance Institute, next year’s edition of the Sundance Film Festival will be held both in-person and online from Thursday, January 20th, through Sunday, January 30, 2022. (This year’s festival was all remote.) “We are in the process of designing a safe and accessible festival where our audiences and artists can come together to celebrate and discover new work, and each other,” stated the festival team, while assuring that screenings and other events will return to Sundance’s signature locations of Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah. 

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