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RiverRun film festival canceled

WINSTON-SALEM — The 2020 RiverRun International Film Festival has been canceled due to the widespread health concern about COVID-19. It will be unfortunate to miss celebrating the diverse global stories reflected in films, but a greater priority is on the wellbeing of constituents.

Once it is safe to reconvene and for guests to travel, a few mini-fests will hopefully be scheduled in the coming year to highlight some of the great films that were part of this year’s program. For donors and sponsors with badges and vouchers, please retain those and use them at the year-round screenings.

“The entire RiverRun team had worked tirelessly on what was shaping up to be one of our best festivals ever,” RiverRun Executive Director Rob Davis said. “We are saddened for the filmmakers and creators who we had looked forward to celebrating, but the health and safety of our community must be the priority.”

Two options are available for ticket buyers. You can request a refund through the Stevens Center Box Office, but hopefully you will consider the value of your purchase as a donation to RiverRun. You can request a refund or indicate your preference to donate by contacting the Stevens Center Box Office online at boxoffice@uncsa.edu or by phone at 336-721-1945. Refunds for tickets purchased at RED Cinemas in Greensboro will be processed by the RED Cinemas box office. All requests for ticket refunds must be made by April 15.

RiverRun thanks the entire community for its support and looks forward to seeing everyone at the year-round screenings and at the 23rd RiverRun International Film Festival April 8-18, 2021.

SPONSORS: The sponsors of the 2020 RiverRun International Film Festival help sustain the organization’s mission to foster a greater appreciation of cinema and a deeper understanding of the many people, cultures and perspectives of our world through regular interaction with great films and filmmakers. Festival sponsors include:

Title Sponsors – Reynolds American, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, Wake Forest University, and UNCSA; Presenting Sponsors – City of Winston-Salem, Shift Creative, Nelson Mullins, Millennium Fund, MullenLowe Mediahub, and Wells Fargo

Marquee Sponsors –Forsyth County, Parkway Lincoln, PNC, Salem Smiles Orthodontics, Visit Winston-Salem, and Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton