Top programmers debate the value and responsibility of festivals in times of Corona

In the wake of the unpredictable development of the Corona Pandemic, the Spring and Summer Film Festivals were forced to quickly decide on one of three alternatives: „cancellation, postponement, or going online„. Most of the major international festivals ruled out completely cancelling their festivals. Out of their responsibility towards the filmmakers, the films and the markets, as well as their audience, many dared experiment online and have encountered some unexpected results: Emilie Bujès (Artistic Director, Visions du Réel) – Sergio Fant (Berlinale Selection Committee and Head of Programming, Trento Film Festival) – Orwa Nyrabia (Artistic Director, IDFA) – Paolo Moretti (Artistic Director, Directors‘ Fortnight) – Miguel Valverde (Director, IndieLisboa) share their insights into their preliminary concerns, decisions and ultimate experiences in a discussion moderated by Finn Halligan (Chief Film Critic, Screen International) as part of Visions du Réel 2020.
The moderated discussion can be found here