Though the footfall will be lesser than any other years in comparison in the London Film Festival this year. But the fans can still enjoy a broad programme, either on the big screen while socially distanced or streamed into their own homes.
Tricia Tuttle , the festival director said in an interview with Reuters, “This year there really is no physical locus of the festival. Even if you don’t live in a city that has a great independent cinema, you can still watch almost all of the festival on the BFI Player, which is our digital cinema. What we’re trying to achieve is different voices, different perspectives,” Tuttle said. There are over 40 countries represented in the programme, so it’s still an international programme but it’s also a celebration of cinema. UK cinema is also really, really important to us. It’s very vibrant. We’re working collaboratively with cinemas around the country. It’s a moment of resistance, of defiance.”
Oliver Meek, executive director of the independent Rio cinema in east London said, “We build our programme as much as possible around the big hits. Whilst we have quite a diverse programme here and play a lot of independent films, we are reliant on three or four films a year to really hit big box office. There’s very sadly a strong chance that lots and lots of cinemas won’t be here to show those films”.
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