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Screen Talk, episode 289: With more festivals considering virtual options, conversations are accelerating about the challenges at hand.

Screen Talk 289: Film Festivals Must

In a normal year, Cannes would be right around the corner, and the summer film festivals would be in the final stages of locking down their lineups. But Cannes has been postponed indefinitely, both Karlovy Vary and Locarno have canceled, and the fall festivals have  been exploring their virtual options. Clearly, some online presence will be key to salvaging aspects of the festival circuit this year, but how much of a digital solution is actually possible? The film community is engaged in an ongoing debate about the viability of going online, and whether it helps or hurts movies that would usually benefit from traditional red carpet premieres. In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, which you can watch above, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson assess the state of that conversation. They also touch on the evolving summer movie calendar, which now includes a new Spike Lee joint, and what to make of the latest virtual cinema experiments.

Watch the Zoom recording of this week’s episode above or listen to it below. 

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