It feels like March 12 was years ago now. That was the day the Governor of Mississippi limited any events that assembled 250 people or more. It was 6 days before our 2020 Oxford Film Festival was supposed to happen. And then it wasn’t happening anymore. That felt like the end of the world at the time.
Since then, instead, the film festival community has worked non stop to rally as over 150 film festivals scheduled for the spring and summer have had to cancel, postpone or go online.
Through all the disappointment and disruption, regional film festivals have banned together and are reaching out and figuring out what is next for their organizations and more importantly their filmmakers.
Hundreds of filmmakers were set to have premieres of some sort this spring. Now so many are on hold.
Eighty-one film festivals joined the Film Festival Alliance call that took place on Friday March 27 to talk best practices and strategy moving forward. Part of the alliance’s mission is to support mission-driven film festivals and the organization has brought us all together in meaningful ways the past few weeks. Our focus is on taking care of our filmmakers at this time, while also trying to survive this shutdown and social distancing both as organizations and as people. Continue reading on THE FEMALE GAZE