A Berlinale From Your Bedroom: Attending Industry Events in Lockdown
Posted on April 15, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has meant many exhibitors have had to re-evaluate how they deliver their events and engage their audiences. One challenging question has been that of networking: how do you foster a sense of community and connection over a video call? In this blog, freelance programmer, writer and producer Rachel Pronger describes her experiences of attending various industry events online this past year and the ways in which organisations have tried to forge connections between attendees in the virtual space; as well as considering how these new ways of working have democratised access to such events and whether these innovations will continue into the future.
Young Film Programmers and the Pandemic
Posted on April 9, 2021
Young Film Programmer’s Groups give young people a stake in venues and aim to increase younger audiences made up of their peers. Venues work with young people to help them run screenings and events in their cinemas, empowering them to conceptualise, develop and deliver their own programmes. But how do you continue this work when all venues are closed? We spoke with Shelby Cooke, Film Programmer and Editor-in-Chief at Film East, about how she adapted their activities to the online space and the valuable experiences being part of a YFP Group has given her, even during a pandemic.