As the coronavirus pandemic leads the film industry into uncertain times, Stage 32 is taking the initiative to screen films impacted by the mass festival cancellations. The platform is kicking off Stage 32 Screenings, an effort to present films and connect filmmakers to buyers and distributors. Stage 32 Screenings begins Tuesday, April 21.
The online showcase features the Zeiss Cinematography and Final Draft Screenwriting Award winners from SXSW Film Festival. Last month, the platform announced the online screenings of these films as an alternative amid the pandemic. As festival organizers wage cancellation and postponement, these are efforts to counter the industry effects of the virus.
“Stage 32 Screenings was born out of a need to help filmmakers impacted by global festival cancellations to play their films to our vast network of executives and professionals. If we’re being truthful, we have no idea when festivals will begin ramping up again and these filmmakers have created incredible films that deserve to be seen,” said CEO, Richard Botto.
“The outpouring of support to Stage 32 Screenings has been overwhelming. In these uncertain times, we’re thrilled to be offering these filmmakers some solace and our professionals an opportunity to keep their business running,” added Botto.
In a press release, the company says demand is high from industry buyers and distributors requesting to be in touch with filmmakers. Sales agents, distributors, financiers, managers, agents, and other development executives are invited to view the online collection.
Feature films include the romance musical “Best Summer Ever,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Saarsgard, Shannon DeVido and Benjamin Bratt. Also screening is Steve Elkins’ “Echoes of the Invisible” documentary and Zeiss Cinematography Award winner. It follows “daring explorers embark upon seemingly impossible journeys into the most extreme environments on Earth.”
Stage 32 works with over 600 industry executives, providing a network that allows creatives to connect with industry professionals. Filmmakers can choose between screening their films publicly to over 600,000 members worldwide or privately to vetted professionals. Interested filmmakers and professionals can visit Stage 32’s Screening registration portal at www.stage32.com/screenings.