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Cannes Film Festival Will Not Go Digital

Cannes Film Festival Will Not Go Digital

  • Cannes Film Festival will not be going online despite other festivals taking this route
Cannes Film Festival Will Not Go Digital

One of the biggest film festivals in the world, the Cannes Film Festival will not be going digital, despite other festivals taking this route. Director Thierry Fremaux has confirmed to Variety.

“(For) Cannes, its soul, its history, its efficiency, it’s a model that wouldn’t work. What is a digital festival? A digital competition? We should start by asking rights holders if they agree,” Fremaux told Variety.

He continued by saying, “Films by Wes Anderson or Paul Verhoeven on a computer? Discovering ‘Top Gun 2’ or (Pixar’s) ‘Soul’ elsewhere than in (a) theater? These films have been postponed to be shown on a big screen; why would we want to show them before, on a digital device?”

Fremaux makes the point that films deserve to be shown on the big screen and the festival will rather continue next year physically than stream the films online. Venice Film Festival’s director Alberto Barbera also made similar claims saying that Venice will not be going digital. There are some films that are better experienced on the big screen.

There is also the issue on piracy and copyright that adds an extra layer of difficulty for the bigger festivals with big ticket films.

This year’s festival was supposed to happen May 12th though the 23rd but was postponed back in March due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Cannes Film Festival is an important part of the film industry with many acclaimed films showing at the festival.

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