The newly announced COVID-19 restrictions in the UK means that Arrow Video FrightFest planned physical event at the Cineworld, Leicester Square has been cancelled – and that a digital edition will now run over the same days – from 22-25 October. This will combine the in-cinema and proposed Halloween digital event into one online festival experience.
Organisers has said that the COVID restrictions make the event socially, practically and commercially untenable. Ian Rattray, co-director, said:
“It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of the Cineworld event. Although cinemas are not affected by the new hospitality rules, it was the tipping point in terms of what kind of event we were comfortable in presenting to the fans. And with the threat of further London lockdown rules being imposed, it was felt the best plan was to move everything online”
The full line-up for the Arrow Video FrightFest 2020 will include over forty films – it will be announced on Thursday 1 October. Tickets will be on sale the same day.