What’s Next for Film Festivals After a Pandemic Year of Mostly Virtual Events?

”Being in a crowded theater is still rather fraught for many people,“ one film festival CEO says

Film festivals in 2021 are maintaining some virtual elements introduced during the pandemic year of 2020, but live screenings, panels and community events are back — and dominating the action.

Even though pandemic streaming has caused a panic for theatrical exhibitors worried that movie fans will continue to prefer at-home viewing to going to a movie house, Lela Meadow-Conner, executive director of the Film Festival Alliance, said the live experience is central to the film festival experience.

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Diane Haithman

Senior Entertainment Business Reporter • diane@thewrap.com • @dhaithman