The harsh realities of the COVID pandemic have continued to pose serious threats to the independent film community. Jobs have been lost, productions have been halted and questions continue to be asked about what the future holds for the community. While we wait, the community continues to respond. Film festivals, for one, have either hold off operations until further notice or switch to virtual viewings, limited viewings and hybrid events.
This need to adapt to the times extends to Nigerian filmmakers and their films. More than ever, the world thirsts for stories from all over the world to live through the tough times and console ourselves with semblances of normalcy while we wait for an end. It’s important for Nigerian filmmakers to be up to date with the new systems run by festivals so they can share their unique stories.
It is with this in mind that Rebekah Louisa Smith, the film festival doctor, will be hosting a webinar for filmmakers on how to navigate the atypical 2021 festival circuit. She will also be speaking to Raindance Film Festival and BIFA founder, Elliot Grove, and how he moved the Raindance festival online last year and his plans for the new year. Filmmakers who sign up for the webinar will get free gifts and special deals on all Rebekah consultancy services.