Orcas Film Fest is back this October

Submitted by the Orcas Island Film Festival.

It’s a thrill to announce we will hold an “in-person” festival this year! We are super committed to safely welcoming audiences back to the theatre where we can immerse ourselves in stories from around the world that will inspire, inform and entertain us.

We will screen 15 incredible films over the course of five days in one venue, the Sea View Theatre that boasts a state-of-the-art Barko cinema projection system with full 7.1 Dolby surround sound. All attendees and volunteers must show proof of full vaccination and masks are required. Passholders will be able to choose and reserve specific seats in advance, online, once the schedule is announced in mid-September.

Regular Festival Passes, $190; includes taxes and fees and allows admission to all 15 screenings. Patron Passes, $500 ($310 of this is a tax-deductible donation). This pass is for our super supporters who want to make a tax-deductible donation to the festival. Patron pass holders will have front-of-the-line service and will be able to choose their seats for all of their screenings two days before the general public once the schedule is announced. Individual tickets will also be available a few days prior to the festival start dates based on availability and venue capacity restrictions. All sales will be online at http://www.orcasfilmfest.com/.

COVID-19 safety information

Due to the uncertainty of the current health crisis we are taking the most conservative approach when it comes to re-opening to protect our community and loved ones. A select number of films may have virtual Q&As with the filmmakers. This year, there will be no social gatherings or parties before or after film screenings.

All attendees must show proof of full vaccination and upload it to our ticketing site. Masks will also be required for audiences inside the theatre. All staff and volunteers must be vaccinated and masked as well. Good ventilation is essential and will be monitored. The HVAC system at Sea View has been upgraded to the highest filtration system and the theatre will be disinfected between screenings. This comes amid a rise in COVID-19 cases due to the highly transmissible Delta variant and follows on the heels of similar moves by restaurants, bars, and music venues. We are providing this information now to ensure that all in-person participants feel comfortable attending. We will continue to assess the situation and share any changes in precautions, including theatre capacity and other health and safety protocols as we get closer to our event.