There was a 22% decline in films selected by European documentary festivals during the pandemic, according to research presented in Cannes, and films from underrepresented regions and continents, such as Africa, continued to receive little love from selectors.
Iranian documentary, ‘Asak,’ is slated to compete at two festivals of the 15th edition of International Documentary Film Festival Vienna (Ethnocineca) in Austria, from May 6-13, and the 18th International Documentary Film Festival of Ukraine, which will be held from March 26 to April 4.
Iranian short film, ‘Doubt,’ directed by Ali Tasdiqi and produced by Farhad Qadimi, will be screened at the 14th Bali International Film Festival in Indonesia and the 4th Threadbare Mitten Film Festival in the US.
South Korea’s streets and villages famous for spring blossom festivals have been blocked or shut down for the coming weeks as part of a nationwide social distancing campaign in the midst of the protracted novel coronavirus outbreak.
Three international film festivals canceled or postponed their upcoming editions. Switzerland’s International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH) and Think Cinema Lausanne (aka Rencontres 7e Art) have been canceled, and Greece’s Thessaloniki Documentary Festival postponed as concern intensifies in Europe about the spread of coronavirus.