With the arrival of VOD services like Netflix, the ongoing issue of download piracy, and many commercial cinemas operating on an alarmingly low occupancy rate, how does Sydney sustain the 100 plus film festivals currently on offer?
Far from suffering, film festivals are multiplying in number and audiences continue to grow. Is the current boom sustainable? How specialist is each festival’s audience and are they in competition? Why aren’t music or comedy festivals enjoying the same patronage in Sydney. With so much media attention on Hollywood-style blockbusters, why is it that a new Bollywood musical, a documentary from Palestine, a locally produced short, or an independent European feature with no big stars is more likely to find an audience locally?
Film Festivals Australia, in partnership with Sydney Film Festival, invites you to a special panel discussion about this thriving creative sector.
The panel includes:
Mathieu Ravier, director of The Festivalists (the team behind Possible Worlds, Young At Heart and Access All Areas festivals)
Paul Struthers director of the Mardi Gras Film Festival and Queer Screen Film Festival and part of the marketing team at Sydney Film Festival
Mouna Zayla co-director of the Arab Film Festival Australia.
Facilitated by film academic, critic and Golden Age cinema programmer Kate Jinx, the panel will discuss the reasons for the success of the independent film festival sector and explore why audiences continue to grow.
Register here and join us at the Sydney Film Festival Hub for this free event.