Abertoir 2021 FAQ (Nov 1)

Abertoir 2021 – FAQ (November 1, 2021)

These FAQs replace our previous set from earlier this year.

We’ve compiled some common questions and tried to include as much information as possible here about how the festival will operate this year.

If you have any further questions, you’re always more than welcome to get in touch on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can reach us on social media and Discord.

General

Why are you doing a two-part festival? // What’s the difference between the two parts?

We heard loud and clear how many of you found the online festival last year to be an accessible way of enjoying the festival and we’re not going to ignore that!

We also know how many of you value the cinema experience, both in terms of watching the films and in terms of meeting people.

To put it simply, Abertoir 2021 is one festival spread over two formats – it starts with a physical event, then continues virtually.

The two parts of the festival have mostly different content. There are four films which are playing at both the physical event and the virutal event, and a recording of one event at the physical part of the festival will be available virtually as well.

How much does it cost?

A full festival pass, which gets you access to the phyiscal event and the virtual event, costs £60.

A virtual-only pass costs £30 for one person, or £35 for a pair or a group.

You can find our full ticketing information here.

Physical

I’m nervous about Covid-19. What will you do to ensure Abertoir is a safe festival?

Our auditorium is socially-distanced – there are two seats in between every person or group attending together.

Wearing a mask is mandatory in the auditorium and the venue, unless you’re medically exempt. You can remove the mask while eating and drinking.

We are leaving more time between films to allow for cleaning and airing out the auditorium.

You can find our full and most recent Covid-19 safety measures here.

Why aren’t you doing a pub quiz or party?

Some of our usual events aren’t happening this year because we decided they wouldn’t feel safe enough in current circumstances, and there weren’t any viable alternatives.

That said, there will be questions, and there will be prizes...!

Will you still be using voting slips?

Yes. We hope you remember who to use them properly...

Will the bar/cafe be open?

Yes. The Arts Centre cafe will be serving food, snacks and hot and cold drinks; and the bar will be open and serving snacks and drinks.

Other food options arond the venue include the Student’s Union next door (fast food options and a shop), a nearby small supermarket and a chip shop (both around a 10-15 minute walk away).

Will there be an Abertoir ale/cocktails?

Yes. This year we have one Abertoir ale, and a selection of cocktails (including a mocktail).

Will you be serving coffee at the festival reception desk?

Yes. We will have our exclusive Abertoir coffee available (as well as hot water for tea).

Can I use cash at the Arts Centre?

No. The Arts Centre currently operates as a cashless venue - this includes anything from the Abertoir desk such as coffee or merch. You'll be able to pay via contactless with your card or Apple Pay/Google Pay etc.

Virtual

I’m new to Eventive – can you help me?

You can find information about how to use Eventive here.

We strongly recommend you test that the device you’ll be watching on is compatible before the start of the festival. You can use this test video.

If you experience technical difficulties, you can use Eventive’s live chat and help services here. If you don’t receive a response, you can contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Do I have to watch the films online at the scheduled times?

In most cases, you have 24 hours to watch a film from its scheduled start time.

Please make sure you check each individual film and event though – most events are live, one-time only streams.

I want to join the online festival from outside the UK – can I?

Sorry, but no! Some in-house events might be available, but in terms of films this restriction is out of our hands.

How can I socialise with other festival attendees when we’re all at home?

We’ll be running a Zoom ‘breakfast bar’ each day before the first event, where you can stop by to say hello and chat to other attendees.

Our Discord server is always open and a great place to get to know other audience members.