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Horsburgh Proposal

Kartemquin’s Tim Horsburgh Proposes…
1. Let festivals go ahead, online only, but as originally scheduled.
2. Networking/pitch meetings, panels, forums: online, for (discounted) paying delegates only.
3. Screenings: virtual, but as scheduled. Only pass holders & ticket buyers can view, up to original venue capacity.
4. Virtual Q&As for those who pay/register to attend screenings.
5. Jury Awards still given out.
6. Reviews still run on usual embargo schedule.
7. Festivals launch online forums / slacks etc for delegates to chat with each other casually during the timeframe.

For it to work, buyers, exhibitors and awards bodies recognize that these are limited exposure screenings, at the same level as originally set, and therefore do not disqualify the films from usual rules around online exposure. That’s the biggest hurdle. Needs organized agreement.
What am I missing?

REPLY by Publicist Lisa Trifone:
– The money spent with host city hotels, restaurants and services.
– The jobs created for event managers and festival staff.
– The compromise asking a filmmaker to “premiere” their film on 1,000 computer screens, not one cinematic one.

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