Mini film fest sets for second webinar

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Mini Film Festival (MFF), organised by the Cinematography Programme under the Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) is set for its second webinar featuring regional film festival directors and programmers to discuss the topic ‘Regional Film Festivals Go Online: Are We Ready?’ at 8.30pm on Tuesday (June 30) — streamed through MFF’s social media.

This topic is timely amidst the Covid-19 pandemic that claimed over 460,000 lives globally and affected many film-related events and productions worldwide, a press release yesterday stated.

While many film festivals and awards ceremonies have been postponed or cancelled, some have opted for online to adapt to a safer measure in meeting their audiences.

“This hesitant move is the only option film festivals could proceed with should they want to satiate their audiences’ annual dose of great films, interactions, and events commonly done through physical festivals,” said MFF festival programmer Yow Chong Lee.

From late May to early June, more than 20 renowned film festivals around the globe had come together to curate films and filmmakers’ talks through a platform called ‘We Are One: A Global Film Festival’.

In line with the global trend, a few film festivals in Southeast Asia had also opted or considered adopting the online approach to run their festival this year.

With this, an ensemble of panellists hailing from film festivals in Southeast Asia will be featured in the MFF Webinar 2, namely Sanchai Chotirosseranee (Thai Short Film and Video Festival), Thaiddhi (Wathann Film Festival, Myanmar), Anita Reza Zein (Festival Film Dokumenter, Indonesia), Jude Day (Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival), and Nicholas Chee (SeaShorts Film Festival, Malaysia).

This webinar will also tackle issues such as piracy and exclusivity of films screened online as well as the readiness of both the festival organisers and their audiences in adapting to virtual platform.

In order to receive the streaming link, those interested are encouraged to register for the event at http://bit.do/MFFWebinar2. Any questions or feedback in relation to the webinar can be directed to Adriana at 012-3031285.