CORONAVIRUS CLOSES CINEQUEST 2020
Coronavirus Closes Cinequest
The Bay Area’s Cinequest Film and Creativity Festival 2020 has been ended early due to coronavirus.
Cinequest was supposed to run for 13 days but was cut short to just 6 because of growing concern over the spread of coronavirus in Santa Clara County. So far 32 people have tested positive for the virus in Santa Clara County.
Coronavirus concerns world wide have forced the closure of Disney’s parks in Asia and has many sports teams contemplating whether to play in empty arenas. The closure of Cinequest means that many filmmakers will not get to debut their work at the festival.
Summer Do Over
Cinequest plans to hold an event this August to makeup for the cancelled week. Cinequest President Kathleen Powell says she expects “70% of it will be filmmakers that are in the line up right now”, but that there will be “exciting and new announcements as well.”
“Maybe we’ll do some out door screenings or something that we’re not able to do at this time of the year in march when we battle with the rain”. She discussed outdoor parties as well.
What happens if you’ve already bought a Cinequest pass? “One way or another we’ll take care of our pass holders and our ticket buyers. We won’t leave them hanging”.
The summer event is tentatively scheduled August 16th through the 30th.