San Sebastian Takes Different Route to Venice Fest on Covid-19 Measures

San Sebastian Takes Different Route to Venice Fest on Covid-19 Measures
Unspooling in Spain, one of the European countries that’s been the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, the San Sebastian Film Festival was allowed to maintain its 2020 edition under strict sanitary guidelines, albeit with a different approach from the Venice fest.

The San Sebastian Festival, which kicked off on Sept. 18, just over a week after Venice ended, faced the challenge of “creating a health protocol from zero,” said Maialen Beloki, the deputy director of the San Sebastian Film Festival.

“We looked at what Venice and the Malaga festivals (a smaller fest in Spain) had done, but ultimately we had to start from scratch and break the ground here, so we worked with the health and culture ministries to deliver a 200-page protocol with sanitary guidelines,” said Beloki.

1,500 guests are attending this 68th edition, that’s 50% down on a regular year. There was a large volume of last-minute cancelations due
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