SFF Director Tom Hall just penned a piece for Indiewire on running film festivals in today’s world of digital distribution. Hall himself notes the piece is somewhat inside baseball, but for followers of the Sarasota festival, it might provide some insight on decisions being made this year.
As non-profits around the country work harder than ever to secure limited numbers of grants, sponsors and donors, the costs of operating a film festival continue to creep upward; travel costs, new technologies (including the transition to Digital Cinema) and a general decline in sponsor dollars have created a new set of challenges. Thankfully, surviving festivals are working hard to deliver great events to their communities and industry constituencies (filmmakers, distributors, the press), but as these changes require diligent management, an entirely new set of economic pressures are being shifted on to festivals, those of traditional film distribution.
Go read the rest yourself at Indiewire.