The Santiago International Film Festival (Sanfic) will carry out for the first time in its 15 years of history a 100% digital edition due to the restrictions of contact and closeness between people to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the producers of the event reported on Tuesday. .
Contrary to what is usual, big screen lovers will not go to the cinemas this time to enjoy the movies, but the productions will come to their homes in digital version, said Carlos Núñez, Artistic Director of Sanfic, reported the organization through a statement.
The Corpartes Foundation, in charge of the production of the festival, indicated that the decision resides in maintaining the usual dates of the festival (between August 16 and 23) and taking advantage to “stay connected” with the public through the arts and culture. in times of pandemic.
“We have sought to continue making one of the most relevant film festivals in Latin America, such as Sanfic, which will also mean the possibility of promoting and exhibiting the latest audiovisual productions that have not been able to be released in theaters due to the crisis,” he said. Francisca Lorenzano, executive director of Fundación Corpartes.
This new format, which has already been used in other film festivals such as Visions du Réel in Switzerland, will allow the possibility of enjoying films projected through the digital platform, which will be free of charge, to be extended to the entire country.
The Sanfic, which since its inception in 2005 has shown more than 1,500 tapes and brought together more than 273,000 viewers in front of the big screen, will adapt this year to the televisions of its followers so that they can enjoy themselves without having to leave home.
From the direction of the festival they assured that the non-face-to-face version works to make it an edition “with a special quality program, with many novelties and diverse,” said Núñez.
Yes, the Sanfic Industry section had to be postponed, which is usually a space for training and promoting the Chilean and Latin American audiovisual sector and that will have to wait until the end of the year, waiting for how the coronavirus health crisis develops.
In this sense, Chile currently registers 49,579 infections and 509 deaths from the SARS-CoV-2, with the country in a state of exception due to catastrophe, closed borders, night curfew and selective quarantines in various cities of the southern country, including in Santiago, with more than 7 million people confined to their homes.