Festivals in times of social distance and multiscreen
With Ana Domínguez (S8), Ángel Sánchez (Play Doc), Sonia Méndez (Carballo Interplay). In collaboration with Proxecta, Coordinadora Galega de Festivais de Cinema.
The social distance imposed by the pandemic forced the majority of film and audiovisual festivals to reinvent themselves or, at least, to expand their reach on the web beyond physical presence. Collaboration with streaming platforms, the creation of specific content for the network or the design of activities for its production and online broadcasting are some of the solutions that, being temporary, perhaps have come to stay. Where is the future of these events heading? What new festival formats do we envision for the coming years? What do we learn from this year’s experience? We will talk about this with representatives of different Galician film festivals who had to adapt their 2020 editions to this new reality.
Ángel Sánchez is co-founder and co-director of Play-Doc, Tui International Film Festival, a leading non-fiction audiovisual event in Spain. From Play-Doc, retrospectives of internationally recognized cinema legeds have been presented, such as Artavazd Pelechian, Albert Maysles, Charles Burnett, Bruce Weber, Claire Simon, Lech Kowalski or Ross McElwee, among other many. At the same time, the festival also organizes a large number of workshops, creation laboratories and seminars focused on promoting and training filmmakers, as well as film programming at different festivals and cultural centers, within Spain. In 2014 he founded Play-Doc TV, a VOD platform dedicated to the promotion of national and international independent cinema, accessible in Asturias, Galicia and Euskadi through the cable operator Euskaltel. He is president and founding member of Proxecta, Galician Film Festival Coordinator, which groups the main audiovisual events in Galicia.
Sonia Méndez has a long career in the field of interpretation, direction and audiovisual production. She has directed and produced six short films and two webseries. She has recently directed and co-wrote the series ‘Before Losing’ for Playz (RTVE). In addition, since 2014 she directs Carballo Interplay, festival of digital contents. In 2018 she founded Cósmica Produccións together with Nati Juncal Portas. Together, they have produced a documentary and are currently developming the feature film “As Neves” and the documentary “A Muller Borrada”.