What Will The Festival Calendar Uncertainty Mean for Filmmakers?

The first quarter of the year will see all North American and European film festivals and markets take place online. Slimmed-down versions of Sundance, SXSW, GotebergGlasgow and Rotterdam are very well prepared and the latter is looking forward to a physical event in June to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The Berlinale is hoping for some kind of in-person competition screenings during its reimagined, otherwise entirely online, early March edition but hope alone is no good. A June iteration is also planned for local audiences. Buyers and sellers are now used to online markets and a digital EFM has been welcomed.

Which leaves Cannes as the first time the international industry might get together since Berlin 2019. But when that actually takes place will generate many more headlines in 2021. It is pencilled in for May 11- 22 but a late June date has also been mooted and there’s even talk of August on the Croisette – although industry enthusiasm for the latter is not turbo-charged.

The question now is what this means for the films. Thierry Fremaux could probably announce a line-up now with the 2020 titles that chose to hold on for a physical premiere. Production has been slower than usual in the last six months but there are plenty of new films that could be considered contenders. The industry could be facing a high-class problem of a squeeze on festival slots.

References : https://www.screendaily.com/features/the-talking-points-for-the-global-film-industry-in-2021/5155936.article

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