Tuesday, July 14, 2020

    Two local film festivals switch to online viewing due to COVID-19


    Thin Line Fest in Denton (ThinLine.us March 25-29) and Dallas VideoFest’s Alternative Fiction (VideoFest.org April 3-5) are teaming up to reinvent how a film festival can thrive in this time of viral uncertainty. Instead of postponing the festivals, they are presenting their festivals online by creating live events including a portal for their audiences to have social interaction with participating filmmakers from their homes and inject art into their lives during this imposed isolation.

    Thin Line Fest and Dallas VideoFest partnered with Falcon Events (falconevents.com), Dallas-based event producers, which specializes in producing live online and virtual events, to deploy the latest live online technology via a secure and robust platform to create a virtual film festival experience.

    “We are recreating the festival experience, showing films, and connecting filmmakers with their audiences, with technology that is just right for the moment,” said Bart Weiss, founder and artistic director of Dallas VideoFest.

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    Falcon Events has the technology and capability to include film introductions from the Festivals’ film hosts as well as Q&As following films. Viewers will be able to hear and potentially see the filmmakers as they answer the viewers’ questions. Falcon Events has very strict protocols in place to ensure each film’s content is not copied, and each film will only be available live.

    “Despite having to cancel all in-person festival events, Thin Line Fest is thrilled to continue our tradition of screening the latest and best documentaries from around the world. The response from filmmakers has been overwhelmingly supportive, and we are looking forward to creating a comparable festival experience online,” said Joshua Butler, Thin Line Fest founder and director and Falcon Events COO.

    Dallas VideoFest has been innovating with technology since 1987, such as showcasing HDTV and VR in 1988,  exhibiting interactive media, and pioneering using files instead of videotapes.

    “In this time when we are literally homebound, we are looking to be inspired. These 2 festivals (Thin Line’s documentaries and AltFiction’s narrative films) will prove entertainment, inspiration and will be the cure for cabin fever,” said Bart Weiss

    During the consecutive extended weekends of the Thin Line Festival and Dallas VideoFest’s AltFiction, movie lovers can go online and watch great films at specific times.  Like traditional film festivals, there will be questions and answers and intros to the films from hosts and from the filmmakers, but these will be done on video (and unlike the films themselves will be viewable later online). Audiences can ask questions of the filmmakers and have them answered in real-time.


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