Reduction in capacity and films, online and staggered sale of numbered tickets Like so many other events in 2020, the San Sebastian Festival will be unable to run in the same
Reduction in capacity and films, online and staggered sale of numbered tickets
Like so many other events in 2020, the San Sebastian Festival will be unable to run in the same conditions as in previous years. The COVID-19 pandemic obliges the Festival to adapt, with the focus on two priority objectives: in the first place, to create a safe environment and, in the second, to offer as pleasant a cinematic experience as possible. Among the main measures taken by the Festival, in coordination with the Basque Government Department of Health, are:
- A reduction in capacity: this translates into 40% of the Kursaal Auditorium (with a maximum of 600 spectators); 50% of the Victoria Eugenia, Principal Theatre and Kursaal 2 cinemas; and 60% of the other cinemas (Tabakalera, Trueba, Príncipe, Antiguo Berri). This reduction in capacity will apply to all of the Festival activities (press conferences, photocalls, presentations…).
- Reduction in the number of screenings (159 fewer screenings than in 2019, i.e. a reduction of 23%) and in the number of films (65 fewer than in 2019, i.e. 31%). This will make the entrance to cinemas more orderly and means that they will take less time to empty. Most of the film industry activities and the new Reflection and discussion area will run online, reserving the physical format for screenings.
- The cinemas will be disinfected between showings: at the Kursaal Auditorium, Kursaal 2, Victoria Eugenia Theatre and Principle Theatre – the cinemas with most capacity – the interval between screenings will be 90 minutes, while in the other spaces it will be 60 minutes.
september 18 (Friday) - 26 (Saturday)