Dear film fans,
A lot can happen between now and the end of January 2022. Infection protection laws can be newly introduced, but Corona requirements can also be relaxed. Regardless of this, however, we can announce: The 48th Würzburg International Film Festival will take place from January 27th to 30th, 2022. Yes, a real film festival with hundreds of guests coming together to discuss happily is not to be thought of these days and probably not in the upcoming winter. “But at the end of the day, we’re all about entertainment, as well as the sometimes completely new perspectives and points of view that make our films so important,” clarifies Film Initiative board member Thomas Schulz. “For that reason alone, sitting out completely was never an option for us. We will even try to bring some filmmakers to Würzburg.”
As with the 47th edition, all films will be available online for a week, i.e. until February 2nd. At the same time, the three screens of the Central in the Bürgerbräu will be played on the classic four festival days on the extended last weekend of January. “In doing so, we will of course adhere to the then currently applicable requirements, at the moment that would be the 2G-Plus rule,” explains Viviane Bogumil from the Film Initiative board. How high the respective capacity in the halls will be is, like so many things, currently still open and will be announced as soon as possible. “That’s why we are planning on two tracks, so the festival can definitely take place,” adds Bogumil. “After all, we understand everyone who doesn’t want to miss out on the big screen at a film festival just as much as those who prefer to stay at home in this situation and watch our films there at a time of their own choosing.”
There will be no other venues, that much is already certain, nor will there be a festival meeting place. Pantaflix will once again serve as the streaming platform in 2022, which both the organization and the audience were perfectly happy with this year. For technical questions and program tips, however, a volunteer service team will once again be available by phone. “The experiences from this year allow us to plan with a hybrid solution,” adds Christian Molik, the third board member of the Würzburg Film Initiative. “At the same time, we look forward to working with the team at Central im Bürgerbräu, which guarantees a Corona-time-proven, smooth cinema operation.”
More details on the program and festival schedule will follow in the coming weeks!