When and how is Fantasia 2020 going to take place?
Given the continuing uncertainty related to physical cinema spaces and large gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to mount this year’s edition as a cutting-edge virtual festival, taking place August 20 to September 2, 2020. We will be working with Festival Scope and Shift72 via their newly-launched online festival platform, which offers studio-grade DRM and operates according to the Motion Picture Association of America’s security standards.
Will your programming still include live Q&A’s, panels and master classes?
Yes. And for film screenings followed by Q&A’s, audience members will be able to ask their questions directly to our guests. Maintaining this aspect of the Fantasia experience is a big priority for us!
When and where can I buy this year’s printed program?
Unfortunately, we won’t be producing a printed program guide for the 2020 edition. Film descriptions, schedules, and everything you need to know about the festival will be posted on our website.
Will ticket prices and packages be the same as for previous editions of the festival?
Happily we’re going to be pricing our tickets lower! As for packages, they are being considered. Stay tuned for more details.
Will there be an unlimited amount of tickets available for each film?
No; ticket numbers will be limited to capacities comparable to that of physical cinema spaces.
Will I be able to watch from anywhere in the world?
All films will be geo-blocked to Canadian audiences and only accessible from within the country. Unfortunately, we can’t make new films available across the world without potentially hurting their future distribution and exhibition options, which is a key concern to us.
Will I be able to watch the films on my TV screen?
Absolutely. Our team is currently working on a guide on how to use our screening platform on various devices and operating systems.
If I miss the live premiere of a film, will I be able to stream it later?
No, so be sure to have your calendars ready when we announce our official schedule! In many cases, showing a film in real-time, with a fixed amount of tickets available, is the only way that we’re able to have the title in our lineup for this online edition.
Will press and industry members from outside of Canada be granted access to the films? How about the cast and crew of selected international films?
Absolutely. Press and Industry access will need to be approved by the filmmakers or associated company, done on a per-film basis, and facilitated by our Press Relations office. Key cast and crew could be given access subject to approval by the filmmakers or associated company.
Will the films be available with closed captioning, video description and/or other accessibility options?
Our team is currently looking into that. If possible, these options’ availability would be on a title-by-title basis, dependent on what’s been made available to us.