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Кинофестивалите през 2020 и 2021 г.: трансформация на формáта?
Film festivals in 2020/2021: a format transformation?

Author(s): Gergana Doncheva
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Film / Cinema / Cinematography
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките
Keywords: film festivals; transformation; hybrid format; COVID-19

Summary/Abstract: This article analyses the current state of affairs in film festivals all over the world and the changes occurring as a result of the pandemic in the period 2020–2021. The reconstructed festival landscape evinces various strategies for adaptation among which the most frequent is the hybrid format (a combination between an in-person and online edition). Within this context, the text discusses the newest type of distribution: the streaming whose technological development led to a serious transformation in the existing industrial model in the field of filmmaking. The study highlights the reasons as to why the different film events resort to streaming to a greater or lesser extent. A significant characteristic defining the attitude towards the streaming of a festival team is whether the event is national or international as well as the type of film it promotes (feature films, documentaries, animations) and whether it is oriented towards a specific audience. The main conclusion refers to the fact that owing to the streaming platforms, producers/studios are increasingly gaining power benefiting from the latest technological breakthroughs allowing them to control both the stage of production and that of distribution.

  • Issue Year: 2021
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 49-54
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Bulgarian