2020 Oil Valley Film Festival to Go Digital in Response to Global Coronavirus Pandemic

| July 2, 2020

OIL CITY, Pa. – Founder and Festival Director Matt Croyle recently announced that the 2020 Oil Valley Film Festival will be presented digitally due to the extreme conditions generated by the global Coronavirus Pandemic.

The festival itself takes place annually in Oil City, Pennsylvania, in its regular form. However, due to the extent of the Coronavirus spread, the festival is shifting to an online streaming format. The virtual event’s dates are being adjusted to ensure there is ample time to secure a partnering platform that best fits the festival’s presentation model.

“The festival is happening,” said Croyle. “Just not in a way we’re used to. This is an important year for us. This is our fifth anniversary of the event. We’ve been bringing films from around the world to Venango County, Pennsylvania, for five years now, and it’s important we continue to do just that.”

Croyle added, “Regardless of how we get the festival out to the world, I will not carry the burden of possibly being responsible for patrons getting sick during this pandemic by putting them in the same room, especially with an end nowhere in sight.

“Shifting the festival online assures the audiences and filmmakers that we’re not going anywhere, that we’re finding a way to share important stories, but we’re going about it in the most responsible way possible.”

More information and specific dates and times for the online version of the Oil Valley Film Festival will be released soon.


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