ATTENDEE SAFETY UNDER EPIDEMIOLOGICAL CONDITIONS
Barely a week before the beginning of the 12th Short Waves Festival edition in March, the organizers were forced to postpone the event to a later date due to the pandemic outbreak. The comfort and safety of our attendees were our priority while planning the festival scheduled for new dates in August, in terms of the event adjustment to current restrictions and epidemiological conditions. Hence, 12. Short Waves Festival is going to be presented in a hybrid form. Ultimately, in spirit of the festival motto #fixingthefuture, the program will consist of 50 events, which will be taking place both in online and offline mode.
In order to limit the travel of our international guests and provide everyone with the opportunity to safely attend the festival, we have implemented the Filmchief platform on which we will be premiering the festival film programs in real time. We will also be hosting discussion panels online. Simultaneously, we will be holding the event in Poznań – keeping social distancing rules in mind. The cinemas will be running in compliance with guidelines provided by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, established for cultural and entertainment event organizers during the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic in Poland (LINK), offering the attendees half of the available seats, requiring hand sanitization, provision of contact information and covering of mouth and nose during the screenings. For the first time, the festival will be also presenting 12 outdoor screenings that will allow our attendees for safe, distanced film viewing under the open sky.
This year we will be hosting significantly less guests, both local and international, while the ones who decide to arrive will be subject to a contactless body temperature check in front of the entrance to the festival office. Additionally, the festival office will be equipped with sanitary supplies: hand sanitizers and face masks that we will be handing out to festival guests free of charge. Our volunteers will also be extra sensitive to the safety matters and will undergo a mandatory training. They are meant to prevent crowding before the screenings and make sure our attendees cover their mouths and noses, and take care of each other.
We sincerely hope that despite the difficult times, all these measures will help retain the appeal of our event, and maintain its status as a celebration of short cinema regardless of the pandemic.
Sanitation Coordinator I Maria Trzeciak