The Cerdanya International Film Festival will not be suspended or migrated to an online version, but will be held “physically” between 1 and 9 August in Puigcerdà and other venues in the region and the Pyrenees, as announced by the its leaders. This is the result of the conversations that the entity has had in recent days with the City of Puigcerdà and the Department of Culture of the Diputació de Girona, which have maintained public support for the event despite a “difficult” situation that causes the suspension or readjustment of many similar initiatives. The period for receiving works in competition is still open until mid-June.
The festival will abide by the rules set by the health authorities with “very possibly” limited capacity and the abolition of the “large rallies” that involved the award ceremony and the closing cocktail.
The program will include about fifty screenings at the Museu Cerdà in Puigcerdà. The short film sessions will be shorter (about an hour) and the schedules will be modified to space the sessions. As a novelty, it is being studied to create an outdoor Room 2 and the offer will be complemented with an online section through the website.
The effective feasibility of activities outside the Cerdà Museum and all parallel activities to adjust them to the new reality and budgetary availability are also studied. The organization does not stop trying to maintain them as long as they find the right partners and spaces, as well as the necessary funding.
In this sense, the festival is expected to cut by 65% the budget for this edition as today has no finalist private sponsorship and many of the usual grants it receives are not called, say the organizers of the event .
However, it maintains the direct contribution of the Cerdanya Research Group and the main grants it receives from Puigcerdà City Council and Girona Provincial Council.