My Darling Quarantine Short Film Festival comes online
- In light of the coronavirus, a new online short-film festival has been created to raise money for health workers and cultural events cancelled in the wake of the illness
As seen here, there are many festivals and events that have been postponed or cancelled in light of the current coronavirus situation, including a number of major short-film festivals. In response to these events, a new online short-film festival entitled My Darling Quarantine will begin on Monday 16 March. Hosted on the Talking Shorts platform, it will help raise money for those fighting against COVID-19, and those people and events that have been affected by the situation.
The festival was initiated by Enrico Vannucci, short-film advisor for the Venice International Film Festival and programmer for the Torino Short Film Market, who is currently living under quarantine conditions in Italy.
“Watching this situation unfold while sitting in my forced confinement at home, I came up with the idea to create an online short-film festival about what is happening now, in order to raise money to help the healthcare system stakeholders and the events affected by this situation,” says Vannucci.
The My Darling Quarantine Short Film Festival (MDQSFF) has enlisted the help of short-film practitioners from around the globe to suggest films with a dystopian theme, with programmers from the likes of Cannes, Berlin and Locarno all making suggestions. Every week, from Monday to Sunday, the festival will present a programme of seven short films with the audience asked to vote for their favourite short of that week. Viewers will also be encouraged to donate via the GoFundMe page set up by MDQSFF.
50% of the money donated by festival viewers will go to Médecins Sans Frontières, the public health-relief organisation operating globally. The other 50% will be donated to a cause that will help cultural events that may end up facing both organisational and financial hardships in the coming months and years.
The films set to be shown during the first week of the festival include Postcards From the End of the World (Konstantinos Antonopoulos, Greece, 2019), a movie that sees a Greek family having to find a way off a secluded island in the Mediterranean when unexpectedly confronted with the end of the world. The film has already had a healthy festival run, screening at the likes of Sarajevo, Tampere and Winterthur, where it won the Audience Award in 2019, and the MDQSFF screening will represent the first time that online audiences will get to see the short.
Emilia Mazik from Talking Shorts and the Short Waves Festival in Poznan, Poland, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response of programmers and all of the filmmakers who have been gracious in giving their permission to show the films. We know that many cancelled events have moved their programmes online. We wanted to do something a little different – hence the dystopian theme of the shorts – and complement all of the other work that is being done by so many other festivals and organisations while also raising some money for good causes.
“Postponing my festival has been one of the hardest decisions I've ever made, and it will have financial and structural consequences for Short Waves. It is truly heartbreaking to see events being cancelled or postponed, and with MDQSFF,we wanted to show how the short-film world can pull together in times of crisis as well as provide entertainment for people across the world who are stuck at home. Hopefully, with the benefit of hindsight, this crisis will also have a positive impact on the film industry as it strives to be a more equitable and sustainable sector.”
The My Darling Quarantine Short Film Festival begins on Monday 16 March on Talking Shorts and will last until the current situation ends.
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