Film Festivals You Can Attend From Your Couch


Do you have abs yet?

Cooked that six-course degustation? Started that podcast you’ve always talked about? Written an award-winning novel? Reached a state of enlightenment through your meditation app? No, you haven’t. None of us have. All of you cool cats and kittens have made it out the other end of Tiger King, and are listlessly scrolling through Netflix looking for something else to watch. Well, here’s the good news—some of the world’s most renowned film festivals and creators have moved their programs online due to COVID-19 cancellations, and here’s some that might tickle your fancy.

 

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Night at the Cinema

Filmmaker and photographer Tyler Mitchell is making the most of lockdown with a 24-hour livestream film festival, straight from his computer screen to yours. ‘This was originally planned as a “Night at the Museum” program at my exhibition at ICP,’ Mitchell wrote on Instagram. ‘But we wanted to take it online. Come join us. Long-form, short-form, arthouse, mainstream. Films from friends. Films from foes. There’s a chatbox and more surprises. I plan on being loopy by the end.’ He’s already announced a selection of feature films that’ll be playing as part of his chosen theme, Americana/I Can Make You Feel Good, including Oscar-nominated skateboarding documentary Minding the Gap, cult classic Paris, Texas, Boogie Nights, Hoop Dreams, and more. Whether you’re keen to log in and catch a few films or get caffeinated up to the eyeballs and stay away for the whole 24 hours, head to icmyfg.com to join.

Night at the Cinema starts Friday 3 April at 7 pm EST.

 

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SXSW Film Festival x Amazon Prime

One of the suckiest cancellations of the COVID-19 saga has been the 2020 SXSW Film Festival. If making your own movies wasn’t enough of a slog, scores of dedicated filmmakers were robbed of their chance to show their labours of love off to the world—until now. SXSW has teamed up with Amazon Prime Video to stream an entire program of films from the canned festival online, for free. Filmmakers whose work was intended to screen this year have been given the option to have their films premiered on Amazon Prime (and receive a screening fee for doing so). While the partnership is still in its early stages, a launch date with a lineup of films will be revealed in the coming months. The good news is that it’ll be available for 10 days, free for anyone with a Prime account, but the bad news is that the offer is currently exclusive to the US. Did someone say VPN?

Launch date coming soon. 

Short of the Week: SXSW Short Films

If you can’t wait for Amazon and SXSW to announce the launch date, check out these short films from the 2020 SXSW Film Festival over on Short of the Week. The site is now featuring eight of the best entrants into this year’s festival, so dim the lights, grab some popcorn, and make a night of it. What else have you got to do?

Check them out here

Tribeca Film Festival

Tribeca Film Festival are so chuffed with the effort you’re making to stay inside, they’ve decided you deserve a little treat. Over the past month, they’ve been releasing Tribeca shorts daily for a ‘moment of entertainment and refuge in a world unknown’. They’ve got exclusive premieres, plus award-winning alumni shorts to choose from, and it’s all available right here on their website. Bloody great news.

Head to Tribeca’s website for more. 

ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York

ReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the US dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives and artistic expressions of people with disabilities. Sadly, they too had to cancel their 2020 film festival screenings around the country due to the coronavirus outbreak, but they’ve made a quick pivot to showcasing their lineup of both important and impressive works online. You can sign up to watch a virtual screening here, and don’t forget to check out the interactive live-streamed Q+As with filmmakers afterward too.

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