Visions du Réel Artistic Director on Reimagining the Festival as a Virtual Event

Published on Apr 15, 2020

Visions du Réel Artistic Director on Reimagining the Festival as a Virtual Event

When, in mid-March, Swiss authorities closed cinemas and banned group assemblies for the foreseeable future, Visions du Réel artistic director Emilie Bujès found herself in a tough spot. For weeks she held out hope that her festival, which was due to kick off late April, would still be able to go forward as planned, but these new measures put an end to that.

The planners were bereft: While postponing the event – a leading documentary showcase that world premieres several new features per year – wouldn’t work due to several logistical reasons, cancelling it would deal a sharp blow to organizer morale and to the producers and sales agent who rely on the berth to launch new titles.

“From a psychological perspective, canceling the event would have been very, very hard,” says Bujès. “We had built relationships with our partners, we had selected their films and offered them a launchpad, and

Read full article at: Variety - Film News

Author: Ben Croll