Prague IFF – Febiofest closed in Zlín and proves culture is still alive

9. 10. 2020, 14:53
Febiofest 2020

As is well-known, the festival’s traditional March dates had to be cancelled due to coronavirus measures. In the end the management of the Prague IFF – Febiofest decided on an alternative term in September. Then also the festival was impacted by a number of other measures, which, however, both organisers and lovers of high-quality cinema responded to excellently. The festival was launched on 18 September at the Prague multiplex Cinema City Slovanský dům, where it ran until 25 September. After that the festival headed for the regions, with the closing ceremony of the 27th edition taking place on in Zlín 8 October.

“Despite all the measures and worries over whether we’d bring the festival to a successful conclusion, I’m satisfied,” said Kamil Spáčil, director of the Prague IFF – Febiofest. “Gratitude belongs to all those people who weren’t afraid to come. I’m heartened by this, as I am by the positive feedback from viewers, who wrote saying how much they appreciated us not cancelling the festival. It is, of course, true that we’re used to tens of thousands of viewers, which this year was out of the question. Nevertheless, those who did come to screenings made us really happy. Our work had meaning.”

“This year’s edition was highly demanding because of the number of changes, most of them unplanned,” said Spáčil at its conclusion. “On the other hand, it proved that culture – of which films are an essential part – is necessary, that it is lives and will do whatever the circumstances. Though it’s not possible to guess what changes still await us, I can promise now that lovers of high-quality films are not going to lose their festival!"

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