Good news and bad news at the same time. The good news is that 2022 will begin with cinema through the Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR). The bad news is that it will be scaled down and restricted because of the Omicron variant. Scheduled to be the first in-person festival of the year, everything changed at the last minute and it will have to be virtual.
At the beginning of December 2021, it was announced that the 51st edition of the IFFR could have the physical presence of the organizers, the participants, the press and the workers. However, during the penultimate week of the month, it was announced that it should be done online as a health measure.
The measure to suspend physical and face-to-face activities was taken after the Dutch government decreed a strict quarantine for its population until mid-January. To prevent, the organization of the festival has chosen to cancel certain activities, as well as to act with the exhibition of the selected titles.
A press conference is scheduled for the first week of January to advise that there may be a reduced selection available to stream to the general public. Likewise, the press and professionals would have restricted access to certain content. And this change depends on distributors who prefer to remove material considering it must be seen on the big screen.
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