New year, new luck – film festivals in the new dual format

After a series of denials of the Berlinale to limit itself to an online offering in February, the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) follows suit today with similar news. While the IFFR had already moved its industry events such as the film market CineMart and the Rotterdam Lab into the digital space, they seem to be sticking to an on-site edition despite the pandemic developments worsening because of the Omikron variant. Sundance, too, had already presented its screening concept with the three pillars in person/on-site, online and satellite screenings, a concept that in the meantime has also been adopted by the kick-off of the German film festival season, the Filmfest Max Ophüls Preis.