Several events throughout Milledgeville-Baldwin County continue to be cancelled or rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
The Milledgeville-Eatonton Film Festival, originally scheduled to occur from May 18-24 has been rescheduled to take place from Nov. 2-8.
The festival, now entering its seventh year has grown to become one of the state’s premiere film festivals, bringing in thousands of submissions from across the globe. The festival utilizes numerous locations in the region including Georgia College and State University, the Chapel of All Faiths and Eatonton’s Plaza Arts Center.
“Basically we were trying to make a smart decision of when to do the festival,” said Jeremiah Bennett, chairman and festival of the Milledgeville-Eatonton Film Festival. “Georgia has a lot of other great festivals and we felt like we couldn’t organize enough stuff for travel (earlier in the year.)”
Bennett said people travel from as far as California and New York, two COVID-19 hotspots, and he wanted to make sure there were three months of stability nationwide before holding the festival.
“We wanted to exercise an abundance of caution,” he said. “We want confidence that we know things are clear in the summer to make sure people felt safe booking travel.”
Bennett also noted that other film festivals across the state, most notably in Atlanta, Savannah and Macon were holding theirs on other dates and didn’t want to have it occur the same time as theirs. In addition, Deep Roots is still scheduled for October.
This year, there are close to 1,300 submissions from 65 different countries. Bennett said the plan for this year’s festival is to hold Monday and Tuesday’s events in Eatonton while being in Milledgeville from Wednesday to Sunday.
Meanwhile, the film festival is not the only event to be rescheduled or canceled. First Friday for the month of April was called off by Milledgeville Main Street, the Dairy Festival in Putnam County has been rescheduled for later in the year, and the 2020 ArtHealthy Festival at Georgia College has been canceled.
Other events continue to be determined or scheduled as planned for later in the year.