Ebertfest 22 postponed to April 2022 | Cinema-television

Chaz Ebert

CHAMPAIGN – Three years will pass between Ebertfests after the 22nd edition of the Champaign Film Festival was postponed for the third time due to concerns over COVID-19.

Initially scheduled for April 15, 2020, the event was rescheduled for April 14, 2021, then rescheduled again on September 8, 2021, before being postponed a third time on Thursday, until April 20, 2022.

The news came a week after festival organizers unveiled the first five films to screen at the Virginia Theater and the three award-winning directors who will accompany them to town.

“It’s really hard to come to terms with this decision after everyone at Ebertfest has put in so much effort to come back from closure,” said festival host Chaz Ebert.

“However, we find it easier to make the decision to reprogram knowing that everyone’s health and safety comes first.”

The festival, named after Roger Ebert, a film critic from Urbana and Pulitzer Prize winner, traditionally takes place every April.

Organizers said the Virginia Theater will automatically transfer all reserved tickets to the new dates. Those unable to attend can get a full refund by calling the ticket office.

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