FARGO — The 20th annual Fargo Film Festival has been canceled over concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations from health officials to avoid large gatherings.
Organizers announced the cancellation Thursday, March 12. The festival was set for March 17-21 at the Fargo Theatre.
"This was a difficult decision, but protecting the health of our audiences, filmmakers, volunteers, and community must always be our top priority," Emily Beck, executive director of the Fargo Theatre, said in a written statement.
Instead, staff at the theater will work with volunteers to plan an event for the summer that would feature a portion of the festival's planned programming and awards, according to a news release.
Attendees who bought passes for the festival online will be automatically refunded in the next seven days. Those who bought tickets in person can get a refund at the Fargo Theatre's box office.
Beck said the cancellation will have a "significant impact" on the Fargo Theatre because it's the venue's largest annual fundraiser, and asked the community to consider making a donation at FargoTheatre.org.
For questions about ticketing, call the theater at 701-239-8385.
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