About this Event
As part of #DigiCities online offerings in February, Film Hub NI present See You At The Pictures? – a discussion around the importance of a film’s theatrical release, particularly in light of the dominance of online film streaming during the pandemic.
Before COVID-19, UK & Ireland cinema admissions were booming – increasing year on year, with Northern Ireland performing particularly well. Shutting the entire film sector down practically overnight has had a massive impact on every aspect, from production right through to exhibition. Many cinema operators moved to explore online players, distributors moved to show films online – missing out theatrical runs entirely, and audiences had an overwhelming choice. As (at the time of writing) cinemas are closed for the third time, operating within the confines of government legislation, what does the enforced digital intervention we saw in 2020 mean for the future of cinema? Do audiences still value the collective experience? How can we even measure the impact of online events? What does this all mean for the whole film industry eco system?
Join Film Hub NI’s Hugh Odling-Smee as we investigate all this from different perspectives. Guest panelists include Joan Parsons (Head of Queen’s Film Theatre), David Freyne (Writer and Director, Dating Amber ) and Patrick O’Neill (Wildcard Distribution)
This event will also be released as a Film Hub NI podcast in March 2021.