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Italy’s Far East Film Festival is making a slight change to the dates for its 2021 edition in order to align with cinemas reopening in the country.
The 23rd edition of the specialist festival, highly regarded in Asia, is now set to open on June 24 and close on July 2 and will now include in-person screenings as well as digital elements.
The dates for the festival, which takes place in the northern town of Udine, have been subject to much change due to the changing nature of the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy. On Monday, however, the Italian government eased restrictions on cinemas, bars and restaurants in low-risk areas as case numbers declined and the vaccination rollout stepped up around the country.
Given the rosier outlook in Italy, FEFF organizers said they will expand the number of locations for this year’s event, adding the Visionario and the Cinema Centrale cinemas to the Teatro Nuovo. The additional spaces will add screens as well as outdoor spaces to better comply with social distancing measures.
In addition to the main festival, this edition of FEFF will also be running Ties That Bind, the Asia-Europe co-production workshop, Focus Asia, the industry-related segment and the popular FEFF Campus film journalism school run by veteran reporter Mathew Scott.
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