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Industry Report: Film Festival Trends

Articles, interviews, news and analysis on current trends and strategies present in the ever-changing film festival world

Industry Report: Film Festival Trends
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Visions du Réel welcomes participants to its digital environment

Visions du Réel 2021

Visions du Réel welcomes participants to its digital environment

The leading Swiss documentary festival will host its industry events within WYTH, which will allow participants to fully interact with each other in an easy-to-use environment  

15 April 2021

Alessandro Raja  • CEO and co-founder, Festival Scope

“I think that the majority of festivals will develop their own online strategy and be somehow hybrid”

Alessandro Raja • CEO and co-founder, Festival Scope

A privileged observer of the film festival landscape, the CEO and co-founder of Festival Scope offers his insights on the future of online and hybrid film festivals  

14 April 2021

The 23rd Thessaloniki Documentary Festival launches a podcast competition

Thessaloniki Documentary 2021

The 23rd Thessaloniki Documentary Festival launches a podcast competition

The Greek festival is introducing a new podcast competition section and invites podcasters from Greece and abroad to submit their works to be featured at the upcoming edition  

13 April 2021

Guillaume Calop • Associate manager and co-founder, FestiCiné

“FestiCiné deals with all aspects of the films, from entry form and selection committee management to programming and copy trafficking”

Guillaume Calop • Associate manager and co-founder, FestiCiné

We found out more about the only management software conceived and designed by festival organisers, which is now used by more than 60 film festivals in Europe and abroad  

02 April 2021

The Association of Italian Film Festivals' research confirms the future of festivals is hybrid

Industry / Market - Italy

The Association of Italian Film Festivals' research confirms the future of festivals is hybrid

The AFIC has explained its findings over the future of film events, which confirm the vitality of a sector which has contended with the health crisis more effectively than any other  

01 April 2021

Sarajevo, Zagreb, Belgrade and Herceg Novi festivals join forces

Festivals / Awards - Bosnia and Herzegovina/Croatia/Serbia/Montenegro

Sarajevo, Zagreb, Belgrade and Herceg Novi festivals join forces

Sarajevo Film Festival, Zagreb Film Festival, Belgrade Auteur Film Festival and Montenegro Film Festival are setting up a “Network of Festivals in the Adriatic Region” and a spring online gathering  

01 April 2021

Samuele Franzini  • CEO, WYTH

“WYTH offers a unique user experience where people can naturally meet and interact, adding the missing factor of the human connection”

Samuele Franzini • CEO, WYTH

The WYTH cloud suite recently powered When East Meets West’s Digital World, and we took the opportunity to find out more about it, as well as the future of hybrid events in general  

23 February 2021

Martina Bleis  • Head, Berlinale Co-Production Market

“Despite all the challenges, people are hopeful and are continuing to focus on their projects”

Martina Bleis • Head, Berlinale Co-Production Market

As the 18th edition of the Berlinale Co-Production Market gears up to run online from 1-5 March, its head told us about what to expect, and the differences between this and the physical edition  

23 February 2021

Dennis Ruh  • Director, European Film Market

“Every large film market has its own position within the industry, and that has not changed with the virtual edition”

Dennis Ruh • Director, European Film Market

We talked to the new head of the European Film Market about the challenges and advantages in organising an online edition of the market  

17 February 2021

Jonas Holmberg • Artistic director, Göteborg Film Festival

“It's time to celebrate, dance and fall in love”

Jonas Holmberg • Artistic director, Göteborg Film Festival

We talked to the artistic director of the Swedish festival about the upcoming digital edition – and remote islands  

21 January 2021

Anita Hugi • Director, Solothurn Film Festival

"It was very important for each film to have its time to shine and to be visible"

Anita Hugi • Director, Solothurn Film Festival

The director of the Swiss festival for the second year talks about the 2021 edition, which will unspool online from 20-27 January  

18 January 2021

Frédéric Boyer • Artistic Director, Les Arcs Film Festival

"The question isn’t just whether or not people will want to return to cinemas, but what they will want to see"

Frédéric Boyer • Artistic Director, Les Arcs Film Festival

The selector for the French festival talks us through the Work in Progress sessions unfolding online between 20 - 22 January as part of the Industry Village event  

18 January 2021

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