Dear Friends,

Like all of you, we have been closely following the spread and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, on Michigan specifically and the country as a whole.

In the time since we decided to postpone the festival, we’ve been working behind the scenes here at Cinetopia to try and figure out how to safely put on an in-person festival.

The very nature of a film festival, however, relies on bringing hundreds of people together from across the world—and congregating in enclosed spaces.

With this in mind, and with the health and safety of our audience as our highest priority, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s festival, scheduled for August 21-30 2020.

Patrons who have already purchased passes and tickets are being contacted directly about pass and ticket refunds and other options.

We look forward to coming together in person throughout Ann Arbor and Metro Detroit next spring, when we hope the festival will return for a full slate of films May 14-23, 2021.

While we are unable to gather together this summer as originally hoped, we will be putting together a range of virtual programming to keep the spirit of Cinetopia alive during 2020. The Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival-Cinetopia collaboration A Summer of Film is virtual now and runs through August 31 in the Michigan Theater’s Virtual Movie Palace. The A2 Tech Film Showcase and Detroit Voices Short Film Competition will also take place virtually later in the summer and early fall.

These are extraordinary times, and even though cancelling this year’s festival is disappointing for all of us, it is the right thing to do.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any further questions. We also encourage you to support the Michigan Theater Foundation going forward in any way you can.

Yours from afar,

Sarah Escalante

Festival Director, Cinetopia Film Festival