Toronto film festival decided to conduct a hybrid edition. Unfortunately, not as preferred choice but as a reaction to a huge budget cut of 50%. We hope they will fall in love with the hybrid concept and will see it as an opportunity.
A comprehensive article by Peter Broderick, describing both the case of CPH:FOX online festival edition along with and his own analysis on the changing market. He writes about important concepts such as online communities, online screenings as a complementary to physical (in-person) ones and reaching out to larger audiences.
From our blog on Medium. The term Hybrid Festival is explained, along with tips on how to organize a successful one by extending the audience and monetizing the events.
That's it. It's not just a matter of COVID-19 response. Hybrid is a choice. The NYFF team explains why and how. From the Hollywood Reporter
Actually, we think that what described here is rather a transactional VOD of theatrical films than virtual cinema... as they all offer film rentals for 4-5 days, while we see virtual cinema as an internet-based event which starts at a certain hour and has audiences meet filmmakers at the end of the screening.
Differentiating VOD from virtual cinema, the article tries to define this new world, whose rules are written on the go.
Limited capacity screenings at a set time, Q&A sessions with filmmakers, encrypted screenings and more. Kudos to MSPIFF39
A Los Angeles Times report
Individual filmmakers on a budget can certainly enjoy virtual cinema and organize it for free and even monetize it, with a combination of available tools.
Fair enough! A column on Variety
Well, we definitely like it. An article from Toronto Now
Thoughts and concepts. From our blog. We think that virtual cinema is all about the "event".
An enlightening and inspiring column by Thom Powers, the artistic director of DOC NYC and the host of Friday Six
A group of indie film specialists and thinkers sat down to speak about online festivals, the tension between them and the Streamers and what future holds for indie filmmakers
A summary issued by the festival itself, describing the good response to the 2020 online edition