Hybrid Film Festivals: The Game Changes

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What?

What are hybrid film festivals

Some misconceptions about virtual cinema

  • We hope to have a physical event, so there’s no point in planning online screenings.
  • Virtual cinema is only a response to COVID 19.
  • Virtual cinema is a last resort.
  • We’re short of budget anyway. Online screenings will only deepen our debt.
  • If films are online, no one will come to the venues.
  • Online screenings and VOD are the same.

Why “misconceptions”?

A USB modem (bottom left, under my arm) and friends. Minutes after the live broadcast from Haifa Film Festival. The film director, just interviewed, is second from the left // Photo by David Atzmi

No need to wait for a pandemic

Banned from Cannes FF. ROMA filming location. ProtoplasmaKid / Wikipedia

The question of budget

  • Attracting sponsors, thanking them in a pre-roll video or slide. The potentially high number of viewers in an online screening is the biggest factor for sponsors looking for eyeballs.
  • Proving extended outreach to supporting public bodies: Since many film festivals are supported by government or local authorities, they must prove they are effective in reaching out to large audiences.
  • Accessibility: A factor which is important both for the authorities supporting the festival and to some festivals, ideologically: Online screenings make the films accessible to people who live far away from the festival venue, elderly people, which are at risk and cannot attend crowded places, disabled, people with no access to transportation and more.

Not just streaming

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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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Yoram Schaffer

Yoram Schaffer

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

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