The 2020 Freep Film Festival postponed until December due to the coronavirus

Share on Nextdoor
click to enlarge The 2020 Freep Film Festival postponed until December due to the coronavirus
Shutterstock

The 7th annual Freep Film Festival, which was originally scheduled for April 22-26, has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Organizers says the festival will now fall the first week of December, though an exact date is to be announced.

“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,” executive director Steve Byrne said in a statement. “Of course, we’re disappointed. But we are determined to move forward by producing a great event at the end of 2020.”

"But wait," you're probably asking. "What about the special screening of Grosse Pointe Blank with special guest John Cusack?" A great question. The Freep Film Fest organizers say that event has now been moved to Dec. 5 at the same venue, the Masonic Cathedral Theatre. Existing tickets will be honored at the new date.

Another highlight of the festival was an opening night world premiere screening of America You Kill Me about Detroit LGBTQ activist Jeffrey Montgomery on April 22 at the Fillmore Detroit. While that particular screening is canceled, an opening night screening is still planned, with the new venue and date to be announced.

All your FFF questions can be answered at the FFF's FAQ.

Previous iterations of the Freep Film have drawn more than 12,000 people annually to film screenings, discussions, and other auxiliary events.

We have a new events newsletter! Find out the best things to do in the area every Thursday morning in your inbox.

About The Author

Lee DeVito

Leyland "Lee" DeVito grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, where he read Metro Times religiously due to teenaged-induced boredom. He became a contributing writer for Metro Times in 2009, and Editor in Chief in 2016. In addition to writing, he also supplies occasional illustrations. His writing has been published...
Scroll to read more Arts Stories & Interviews articles

Newsletters

Join Detroit Metro Times Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.