PÖFF's love film festival Tartuff is introducing additional safety measures in connection with the spread of the coronavirus.
Only visitors who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, have recovered from infection or have a negative test result will have access to the on-site sessions of the festival, which opens on Monday at the Athena Center. Proof of status must be provided on arrival or a quick on-site rapid test must be performed. Children and young people up to the age of 18 do not have to provide the certificate.
"The sharp rise in the spread of the coronavirus is worrying, and we do not want to endanger the health of our visitors," said Kristiina Reidolv, head of Tartuff, on why stricter rules are being set before they become mandatory.
Until 9 August, up to 500 people can be present at indoor events without infection control and up to 1,500 people at outdoor events during the same period. From 9 August, a corona certificate is mandatory for indoor events with more than 50 visitors and outdoor events with more than 100 visitors.
The official certificate does not have to be presented in the open-air cinema open on the Town Hall Square but, instead of the usual 1,200 chairs, only 600 chairs will be laid out in the square. The chairs will be spaced appropriately and it will be ensured that the visitors standing at the square keep their distance from each other.
An official certificate is also not required for Tartuff side program events where the number of participants is significantly less than the applicable limits.
In order for everyone to be able to safely participate in the festival, Tartuff will also open a virtual cinema hall, where seven films from this year's screening will be screened. The films can be viewed all over Estonia via the PÖFF online cinema operating on the Elisa Stage web platform.
The festival, which runs from August 2nd to 7th, features 19 films about the many variations of love. The sub-theme of the festival this year is science, and for the first time, the Tartuff Summer Academy and the Summer School of Film Criticism will take place.
All sessions in Tartu are free for viewers. Tickets for the virtual festival cost six and eleven euros.
Tartuff is the largest open-air film festival in the Baltics, which is taking place for the 16th time. The festival is organized by the Black Nights Film Festival in cooperation with the Tartu Film Foundation and the Tartu Creative Economy Center. Safety is ensured by the security company Forus Security, rapid tests are provided by private limited company Businext Eesti and tests are performed by private limited company Ennetaja. Disinfectants are supplied by Chemi-Pharm and D’Difference.