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Here we are. The end of my first full film festival. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but then again the online experience was new for everyone. There were ups and downs with this festival, and I want to talk about them here.
Firstly, I want to thank the team over at InSession Film for letting me cover the festival for them. Whilst I did writing on here, it was nothing in comparison to the writing I did over there. They have been so accepting of me since I started, and they have supported everything I have done so far. I am so proud of the writing I did over there, so make sure to go over and check out my reviews there.
Secondly, I want to talk about the films that I watched at the festival. Is it hard to see people talk about how they saw films such as Soul and Nomadland at this festival whilst I was given no access to them? Yes, it is disappointing. However, that does not take away from the fact that between the features and shorts, I saw 38 films in total. Most of the 38 films I liked, and many of them I loved.
That is something I have learned from the experience. It was tiring, and I did lag on a few days in terms of my writing. However, I had so much fun covering all 38 films between here, my Twitter thread and InSession Film. During lockdown, especially during a lack of the cinema, I have struggled to get through 10-15 films a month. Watching 38 in the space of a few weeks is a new high for me, and I loved it.
I want to thank BFI for hosting the festival, and in this format. In a normal year, I wouldn’t have been able to travel to London during university to cover it. The fact that it was online meant that even with the few films I couldn’t travel to see in a cinema, I was able to get my first press accreditation and gain experience at a film festival. Aside from one technical issue with Kajillionaire, the festival ran pretty smoothly and I was able to easily watch every other screener I had access to.
So, what does this mean for the future? I am taking a few weeks off from heavy writing, not only to catch up with some Netflix releases and to watch some Gothica films for Halloween, but I am still balancing all of this through university and the next few weeks will be busy. However, my experience at the London Film Festival will help me as from the 28th of October, I will be covering the Raindance Film Festival. This will not be as heavy of coverage as LFF was, as I am aiming for 13-14 films for the two-week festival, but I will be covering films such as Stardust and Here Are The Young Men. Keep an eye out for this on here, as well as InSession Film.
This was a major thing on my film journey to go through, and it has given me confidence in applying for more press access going on in the future. This is only the start for me and film coverage, and bigger and better things are on the horizon.