Rethinking Film Festivals in the Pandemic Era and After

Marijke de Valck (Editor), Antoine Damiens (Editor)

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‘Rethinking Film Festivals’ explores how COVID-19 intervened in the film festival circuit by disrupting regular industry cycles and allowing new ways of reaching audiences to flourish. Films found other distribution channels, often online, while the festival format proved particularly vulnerable in a one-half-meter society. The search for a full-fledged substitute for live events and shared experiences involved all kinds of experimentation and an acceleration of digital developments that were already underway.

The book documents how different festivals in different local contexts were affected differently by the pandemic and reacted differently to it as well. At the same time, the case studies confirm the interconnectedness and transnational relationships inherent in globalised media systems. Finally, the book seizes the momentum of the crisis to make the case for sustainable interventions: festivals must address their ecological footprint, decolonise their organisations, and ensure that their history and heritage is safeguarded for the future.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages342
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-14171-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-14173-7
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jan 2023

Publication series

NameFraming Film Festivals
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


  • Film festivals
  • Covid
  • pandemic
  • crisis


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