As cinema screening across the world takes a hit due to the outbreak of COVID-19, film festivals are also in a state of worry. Reports suggest that film festivals across the world have been cancelled or postponed for now. However, certain film festivals are trying to change the game. The Tribeca Film Festival has announced that it will be releasing its official programme online. The film festival that is held in Manhattan, New York, will now be coming to your screens at home.

Yet another popular festival, the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) in Texas, was supposed to take place in March. Now the festival is working to team up with an OTT platform to launch its film festival. It was originally scheduled to take place from March 13 to 22, 2020. Now individual films can choose to be a part of the online film festival that will run for 10 days. It is being called the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection.

Tribeca, on the other hand, is offering New Online Work Creators Market, Jury and Art Awards, Industry Extranet Resource Hub, and the brand storytelling Tribeca X Awards. There is a unique opportunity here as if you have Oculus TV, as those using Oculus Go and Oculus Quest, can watch the programmes on their screens. For filmmakers such as Dimitris Tsilifonis, who has made a VR film called A Safe Guide to Dying, being able to reach out to a wider audience is a great thing. His film was supposed to be premiered at the film festival.

While it is great that we do not have to brood about not being able to travel to these film festivals any longer, personal interactions and discussions will not happen any longer, and that is a downside.

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