The Covid-19 pandemic continues to create problems for the exhibition sector. Making friends in the dark watching a movie is not an option today. When cinemas open later this year (fingers crossed) they will probably be limiting the number of customers who can enjoy the experience safely. Accepting that social distancing at 2 metres is one of the conditions, the “new normal” will take some getting used to.
What we know at the moment is matched with what we don’t know!
However, you are responsible for looking after a film festival and very soon you must decide what to do with your festival during these difficult times. Do you cancel? Do you reschedule for another time? What are the financial implications? What do the funder, sponsors and partners think? What about your audience are they looking forward to returning or are they a little nervous?
Sharing films on-line is quite straightforward. If you’ve got films to share and more importantly the rights to the films you are more than half way there! But if it were that easy, everybody would be doing it.
During his talk followed by a Q+A, Berwyn Rowlands, the director of the Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival will share how he and his team are working to produce the 14th Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival, migrating a traditional, familiar and popular Cardiff based experience into an on-line experience.
There will be time to chat with festival peers, ask questions and share ideas.