A Real Interactive Film Festival

Why Go Interactive

The Goal

The Plan

  • A film to be screened.
  • A theater, with audience (physical screening).
  • Audience at home (i.e — connected).
  • A filmmaker for a Q&A session, from home.
  • A host/moderator, also from home.
  • A camera crew, in the venue.
  • A wireless microphone, in the venue.
  • Sound console, in the venue.
  • Good internet connection with stable upload, in the venue.
  • A chat, available to viewers at home.
  • A remote control room with live stream switcher, receiving all feeds(such as OBS or Livestream Studio).

The Challenge

  • Create a smooth experience for all participants, wherever they are.
  • Prevent audio feedback -:)
Mike Gilbert / flickr

Stage 1: Pre-screening

Stage 2: Screening

Stage 3: Post-screening (Q&A)

  • All the above feeds are present (camera in venue, microphone), plus two additional sources: a director and moderator.
  • Of utmost importance is that the two personalities be accompanied in advance by the digital production crew to ensure a smooth event. That includes heavy testing of their internet connections, camera and microphone quality, visible image (e.g - no backlight) and aesthetic background.
  • The director and producer should have a computer in front of them and see what the online viewers are seeing (a composite image). However, they should receive only the visual feed, otherwise they will hear themselves which can create audio feedback (prevention of which seems to be the biggest challenge -:)).
  • The director and moderator should hear the audio from the venue in a separate feed, through their headphones. Don’t be misled by this short sentence: it is extremely complicated to achieve that, but beyond the scope of this post to describe how we do it.
  • It is also mandatory that the director and moderator will wear headphones, to prevent audio feedback (because if the film director hears the audience in the venue through speakers and the audience in the venue will hear the speakers, a loop will be created).
  • Online viewers can pose questions through a chat available to them on the screening page. Those questions are visible to the director and moderator, because they see the composite image broadcast from the control room.

Connections, Feeds and Broadcast

  • Ability to to live stream.
  • Ability to accept different sources, either as guests to the broadcast or as external sources (e.g — Zoom).
  • Ability to compose different sources into one image through a switcher.
  • Ability to create transitions between different visual sources.
  • Ability to mix audio
  • Ability to insert recorded media, titles and graphics into the composite image.

Sources and Functionalities

  • Camera crew in the venue, with an encoder and upload mechanism, such as Teradek VidiU or LiveU Solo.
  • Camera crew sends audio wirelessly to the sound console in the venue.
  • Audio console in the venue, with an internet connection, sending feeds to the control room as “guest”.
  • Director / moderator / any other additional source, connected as a “guest” to the broadcast, or as an external source (Zoom, Jitsi etc) to the control room. On the integration of Zoom and the likes in live broadcasts I might write in another post, though it’s covered quite well in numerous tutorials available on the internet.
  • The control room itself has its own feeds such as pre-recorded interviews, clips, music, graphics etc.


Questions? -:)




Digital film distributor and founder of Movie Discovery VOD platform, QuickRights and Movies Everywhere . A former documentary filmmaker.

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Yoram Schaffer

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Digital film distributor and founder of Movie Discovery VOD platform, QuickRights and Movies Everywhere . A former documentary filmmaker.

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