A flagship event for our future summers? The Monaco Streaming Film Festival wishes to bring a breath of fresh air to an industry reluctant to adapt to its times.
The curtain has fallen. After four days of screenings, previews and debates, the Monaco Streaming Film Festival (MSFF) has come to an end. The first film festival in the world to be entirely dedicated to on-demand content, the event was called ” leader for the future By Mitch Lowe, co-founder of Netflix.
Here are the four things to know about the film festival which has understood the decisive change in the way we experience cinema.
We have to recognize that streaming content deserves a legitimate place in the industry.
1. The festival does not want to compete with Cannes
When it was announced that Monaco would host a film festival devoted exclusively to streaming content in early July, it was hard not to think about the Cannes film festival – scheduled a few days later just 40 km from the Monegasque coast . Could this be the start of a film rivalry on the Côte d’Azur? The comparison is all the more relevant because Cannes refuses to put in competition films intended for platforms on demand, a choice which according to some threatens the sustainability of the festival, until then apparently untouchable.
However, Tony Davis, co-founder of the festival, is quick to deny these speculations. The MSFF is not here to replace the festival that has become synonymous with the film industry over time. ” We are absolutely not a rival »He emphasizes. ” We chose to organize our festival next to the one in Cannes because it seemed more practical for the participants to place the events next to each other, so that they could go to both s’ they wanted it. Organizing it later in the year wouldn’t have made sense. “
2. It is a festival that is in the era of time
The festival, focusing only on streaming content, wants to fill a gap in the market. ” I think we are part of the evolution of film festivals Tony Davis says. ” We have to recognize that streaming content deserves a legitimate place in the industry. Not every movie that comes out needs to be shown in a movie theater. “
The aim of the festival is above all to support an emerging industry. ” We’re here to help the industry get to know each other better. It’s a very young industry, so both young and experienced producers still have a lot of questions. We are therefore here to provide answers to these questions. “
Our masterclasses are a way to enter the sector. We want anyone who has an idea, or a creative thought, to be able to turn that idea into reality.
3. The festival wants to make the cinema a world more accessible
The Monaco Streaming Film Festival offers a wide choice of masterclasses. For Tony Davis, they are essential if we want to make the industry more accessible.
” I think there are some amazing film festivals out there, but it is true that there is a certain level of elitism in the industry. Our masterclasses are a way to enter the sector. We want anyone who has an idea, or a creative thought, to be able to turn that idea into reality. Tony Davis enthuses. The masterclasses cover a range of subjects ranging from film music to music production, including directing and scriptwriting. After being broadcast live during the festival, they will soon be available online.
We will host most of the submitted content on a virtual platform.
4. Many other films will be available for viewing online
Given the large number of submissions received, the festival has decided to create an online platform that will allow them to broadcast content not presented during the festival. Half of the platform will be dedicated to moviegoers, the other half to industry professionals.
” With the permission of the producers, we will host most of the content submitted on the virtual platform Explains Davis. ” The platform will have two access points. The first will be for individuals who simply want to watch films, the other for content that can be sold to streaming platforms. “
All content intended for the general public will be available free of charge.