LDFF2020: Closing Thoughts

Long Distance Film Festival 2020 is drawing to an end — what a weekend!

The entire team here is rejoiced by the enthusiasm we received from the filmmakers and audience alike. We had a fantastic time watching you all experience our program, and especially loved seeing your reactions in real time.

Thank you for spending the weekend at our festival. We hope the programs brought you the same kind of excitement and inspiration that each individual film stirred in us when we first viewed them; we hope they provided some comfort in this time by highlighting how collective our experiences have been, but also that they successfully challenged your sensibilities by emphasizing unique forms of expression.

The screenings may be finished, but the festival is not entirely over yet!

The audience awards are being tallied up and the jury is in deliberation! We hope to have the winning films announced by next week’s end — make sure you keep up with the festival on our social media, or sign up for our mailing list when you vote for your favorites!

We will also be embedding those films which have been made public by their directors onto our program page, so that you can stop by and revisit your favorites from the festival or show them off to those who missed out!

Lastly — for now — we wanted to formally announce our plans to continue the festival next year!

As lock-down restrictions loosen in many parts of the world and the traditional film-making mechanism reboots itself, we plan on moving on from our “quarantine festival” origin and expanding on the aspects that we feel made us unique in the festival landscape.

Longstanding tensions have become more visible than ever, and there is a dire need for cultural exchange and empathy — and what better than media to bridge those gaps? We aim to continue showing the vast spectrum of what film can encompass in a way that is accessible to all, and to further develop the filmmaker community that has come together around the festival.

We remain closer than ever.