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Sensible Future For Festivals

Braden King: The virus “has caused me to reflect more and more deeply on the fact that we have to think harder and much more honestly about the ethical viability of our entire industry—filmmaking, festivals, all of it—in the face of global climate change. Set waste, production travel and transportation are all problematic, to put it mildly. Promotional travel is problematic.Gathering 120,000 people in Park City, 280,000 people in Austin and 480,000 people in Toronto every year (to name three destinations and numbers from a quick Google Search) seems like a practice we can’t responsibly continue. Shooting guidelines are great and all but we need to have much more difficult conversations about what it means—and what it may look like—to do what we do responsibly and ethically as we stare down an exponentially larger global crisis.”
Jamaica Knauer: “True, but places like Park City count on the film festivals to survive. What can people do to support them or are all people going to have to move to large cities to pay their bills? City living isn’t for everyone. Never any easy answers, sadly.”
Craig Zobel: “Issue is: there are a lot of people in Park City, Austin and (kinda) Toronto, who are counting on those visitors to make the money from the Eggs Benedict that they need to pay health insurance and all the complicated things that get in the way of climate change discussions. Not that I disagree with your larger point! Just complicated…”

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