Dallas VideoFest Will Recreate the Festival Experience This Weekend—Virtually

Dallas VideoFest's AltFiction will be held from April 2-5 online. Make sure to tune in—much like a traditional festival, films will only be shown live once.

Think of this year’s rendition of Dallas VideoFest’s AltFiction as an old school television. Much like the ’70s, when you could only watch a showing at its scheduled time, the films will play live—but if you miss one, there’s no rewatching.

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Dallas VideoFest has partnered with Denton’s Thin Line Fest to host a virtual rendition of the film festival. From April 3-5, “attendees” can tune in via their computer screens to watch introductions to the films, Q+As with filmmakers, and, of course, the films.

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The organizers said rather than postpone the event, they wanted to get creative. The entire festival will be hosted online through a secure portal for audiences to socially interact and inject art into their quarantined lives. The team partnered with Dallas-based Falcon Events, which specializes in end-to-end event streaming solutions for live virtual events, for the first-time project.

Similar to a traditional film festival, Falcon Events will deploy technology to introduce the films through live hosts, followed by Q+As. There will also be a widget for watchers to ask questions in real-time.

“We are recreating the festival experience, showing films, and connecting filmmakers with their audiences, with technology that is just right for the moment,” Bart Weiss, founder and artistic director of Dallas VideoFest, said in a statement. “In this time when we are literally homebound, we are looking to be inspired.”

Dallas VideoFest’s AltFiction kicks off tonight with Seven Short films About (Our) Marriage at 7 p.m., and runs through April 5. Go here for the full schedule and to RSVP. Thin Line Fest was held last weekend.

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