Panel Discussion: FESTIVALS 2.0: HOW TO APPROACH THE AUDIENCE IN THE POST-COVID ERA
Cinema 35, French Institute in Prague, Štěpánská 35, Prague 1
No sector of the film industry has remained unaffected by the pandemic, film festivals not excluded. What is their future as platforms for distributing films that audiences will not see elsewhere, and as unique venues for direct encounters between filmmakers and visitors? Audience habits are changing due to VoD platforms and the necessary shift of many festivals to virtual environments. Individual festivals have to respond to this and each one does it in a slightly different way. In his introductory speech, Petr Szczepanik from the Department of Film Studies of the Faculty of Arts of Charles University will present the audience surveys he is currently working on. This will be followed by a panel discussion with representatives of Visegrad festivals, who will discuss their ways of coping with the difficult situation and their plans for future editions. The panel is organized in cooperation with Film New Europe and supported by the International Visegrad Fund.