The Board and staff of the Traverse City Film Festival has been closely monitoring the situation regarding the pandemic and how it is affecting the decisions we will make about the festival and our two year-round theaters. Before the Governor issued her order to shut down all theaters statewide, we had already taken social distancing measures in our theaters, limiting the numbers of seats sold and sanitizing and disinfecting seats and counters all day. I began my own research and reporting about the coronavirus back in January and have a pretty good handle on what we’re up against.
The State and Bijou theaters are closed and will remain so until further notice. We will soon announce the status of the film festival and as to whether it will be postponed until next year, moved a few months later, or operate as a virtual festival. One thing is certain: we will do nothing that puts any staff, volunteers, or the public in any jeopardy. In order to reduce the threat of the virus, ALL of us must self-isolate and take care of ourselves.
Look for an announcement explaining the short and long term plans for TCFF in the coming days. It is likely many of the businesses that have been shuttered recently may not reopen. We do not intend to let that happen. And we are committed to bringing Traverse City back to life when this is over. Thank you to all who have expressed their support for our work. We’re still changing the marquee each week.