12th Annual Joedance Film Festival Goes Virtual

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The 12th annual Joedance Film Festival will be held virtually for the second consecutive year for everyone’s health and safety, event officials say.

Officials say the festival will take place from August 5th to August 7th, 2021 virtually, as the effects of COVID-19 keep the 12-year-old event from returning to the Charlotte Ballet.

“We started 2021 with such high hopes that we could gather in-person this year,” said Joedance Founder and President Diane Restaino. “Those hopes were dashed as the dates of the festival inched closer. To keep our community safe, Joedance Film Festival will remain virtual this year. You still will be able to enjoy three evenings and one afternoon of incredible films August 5 – 7, 2021.”

Tickets are available for purchase now at joedance.org, with single day passes on sale for $30.

Restaino added “As disappointing as this is, we feel that it is the best decision for Joedance Film Festival, our filmmakers, sponsors and supporters. It won’t be the same as being together at the Charlotte Ballet, but we promise Joedance remains focused on our community, our mission and our vision.”

Officials say proceeds from the festival will be donated to Atrium Health Levine Children’s to benefit rare pediatric cancer research.

The festival itself will feature short films created by local filmmakers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee.

Joedance Film Festival, named in the memory of Joe Restaino who lost his battle to cancer in 2010, has donated more than $255,000 to Atrium Health Levine Children’s in the past 11 years, including $50,000 in 2020, officials say.

Joedance supports research and clinical trials for pediatric sarcomas, blastomas, and brain tumors.