Film festivals concern us all. Filmmakers screen their works, experience direct feedbacks. Others do business. Film critics report. Financiers and editors seek the aesthetics and themes of tomorrow. But we are all audience viewers, and look forward to exciting, irritating, relevant films – and to exchange.
Our question: what is the purpose of film festivals? What is their task, here and now, their place in this landscape that we call »cinema«? What can film festivals achieve and what do they actually achieve in fact? Whom do they benefit and under what conditions do they emerge? Does the festival boom represent opportunity or menace? And what role do film festivals actually play for the film sector?
Keynote by: Tanja Krainhöfer (Media scholar and strategy consultant).
Guests: Barbara Albert (Director and producer), Torsten Frehse (Managing Director Neue Visionen Filmverleih GmbH), Michael Hack (Managing Director »Woche der Kritik«), Dr. Skadi Loist (Film festival researcher at the Institute for Media Research at the University of Rostock).
Presentation: Rüdiger Suchsland (film critic, filmmaker and cultural activist).