Time for re-thinking what film festivals do

It is time to “to think about the business itself; to re-think the core of what we do, why we do it and what is the actual meaning of what we do? What is it that really matters? That is the massive win of this year, making us re-think the basics.”, Orwa Nyrabia (head of the IDFA) emphasised in an interview with Geoffrey Macnab in the Screendaily. And he is not alone with this position. Yesterday’s Zoom ScreenDaily Talk: Black Nights, Berlin, „Rotterdam heads to talk winter festival plans“ with Tiina Lokk, director of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival; Mariette Rissenbeek, executive director of the Berlin International Film Festival; Vanja Kaludjercic, director of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR); and Marge Liiske, director of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event demonstrated a unity in this attitude. Vanja Kaludjercic, in particular, spoke out in favour of using this time to develop formats together with filmmakers and other industry representatives in order to shape this phase of upheaval together. The recorded talk you can finde here.