IDFA Dialogue: What gender are film festivals?

    Inspired by the Not Yet Yes program and its thought-provoking viewpoint on queerness, Artistic Director Orwa Nyrabia sits across philosopher Simon(e) van Saarloos in an open, contemplative debate about unarticulated power dynamics in the documentary and film festival scenes.

    What happens if we borrow from the glossary of queerness and apply it to the film process? How would it affect our understanding of the relationship between the people in front of the camera and those behind it? Between a filmmaker and a decision-maker? Between a curator and a spectator?

    As influential cultural machines, what patterns do film festivals embody and enforce? How does equality mesh with systems designed around exclusivity and competition? This bold and critical examination will be accessible to industry guests and public audiences.

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