Scares Under the Stars
Terror in the Bay Fest Heads to the Drive-In
There will be some changes at this year’s Terror in the Bay film festival, but don’t worry, horror fans: the scares aren’t going anywhere. This year’s festival is scheduled for October 15–18, and festival director Chris Borgo hopes 50 to 60 films will be screened. However, he acknowledges the COVID-19 pandemic may play a role in exactly what this year’s festival looks like. Rest assured, though, that precautions designed to keep film-goers safe will be in place, Borgo says.
“Hand sanitizer stations will be fully accessible inside to the public,” Borgo told The Walleye. “We will require everyone to wear face masks and the seating chart will have markings, approximately six feet away from each other,” he says. “[Currently] the maximum number of people we would be able to have is 50, and we will be sure to follow all of the proper health and safety guidelines.”
The current schedule calls for the October 17 screenings to take place at the Interstellar Outdoor Cinema, with the rest of the festival happening at Paramount Theatre. However, the pandemic may force some changes, Borgo says. “A
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virtual online festival for Terror in the Bay was never an option,” he says. “The majority of filmmakers, especially the ones premiering their films for the first time, would only want their films screened live in front of an audience. If we have to have our festival at a later date, then we will do so.”
What is still unknown is exactly which films will screen this year. “The film selection process is a year-long process,” Borgo says. “It can be gruelling at times, especially because there are so many fantastic entries and only so many slots to fill in our program.”
“However, we have a very knowledgeable and passionate judging panel that I trust to choose horror films that are the very best fit for our festival.”
The film lineup will be announced in October.
For more information, you can visit terrorinthebay.com.
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