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This may open up a can of worms, but…

Organizers of the upcoming Bahamas International Film Festival have decided to require mandatory filmmaker interviews from their visiting press. In an email sent to registered press yesterday afternoon, a festival publicist indicated to the media, “we will be requiring that when you check in you schedule two-three (sic) interviews with the below listed filmmakers.”

While it is common for festivals to invite journalists to attend (often providing airfare and/or lodging to working media), in more than 12 years of covering festivals, I’ve never heard of an event demanding coverage in such a way. Citing that the coverage is “very important to the festival and its growth,” the email also says “it is mandatory that this is done.” I wouldn’t expect that this will go over well with attending film journalists, or their editors. At indieWIRE, we’ve decided to pass on covering the festival this year.

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