After the 53 years of the festival, this year the festival has changed its rules to make way to reinvent themselves amid the pandemic. The festival will start from today with the screenings of Steve McQueen’s Lovers Rock, becoming the biggest U.S.-based festival thus far to test the pandemic waters other than Venice and Toronto film festival .
This time the screenings are happening online, they will be accessible to ticket buyers anywhere in the U.S. for the first time. While Venice did manage to draw a selection of press and talent, Toronto has ditched red carpets, public screenings and the usual awards-season frenzy but managed the screens for some films at the Bell Lightbox with some Canadian locals.
The main attention will be given to Chloé Zhao’s Venice Golden Lion winner Nomadland while the closing night film is French Exit. The other films that will hw screened are Sofia Coppola’s On the Rocks as well as Garrett Bradley’s Time and MLK/FBI, the Sam Pollard documentary acquired this week by IFC Films.
The 2019 festival had screenings of the Parasite, Joker, Uncut Gems and Marriage Story and the festival opening film was Netflix’s Irishman.