Read the statement below:
March 23, 2020 – Provincetown, MA – With the growing concerns over the global coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), the Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) is taking precautions to protect the health and safety of its staff, patrons and guests. After consulting with festival stakeholders, and in accordance with guidelines set down by federal, state and local authorities, the Provincetown Film Society (PFS) has decided the organization will not produce this year’s festival originally scheduled for June 17-21.
“While this decision was a very difficult one for the Provincetown Film Society’s staff and Board of Directors, we know it was the right one,” said Rachael Brister, CEO of PFS and PIFF Executive Director. “The health and safety of our local town and the supportive community of filmmakers, film industry professionals and audiences that travel to Provincetown each year for the film festival is our chief priority. We hope to present programming in 2020 that not only moves our mission forward but will also galvanize our community at a time when the need to come together (virtually or otherwise) is vital.”
Festival updates, including information regarding reimbursements for passes already sold, will be made available online at www.provincetownfilm.org.
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