Here is the event summary of the Realtime International Film Festival (RTF) online remote access edition which went live from April 7 to 13, 2020.
The RTF 2020 online festival which was inspired by the recent global Covid-19 pandemic went ahead of schedule of the main event originally scheduled to hold in June 2020.
The event took advantage of the social distancing already in place coupled with lockdowns in most parts of the world to showcase 100 films to 28 countries and over 11,000 participants.
The maiden RTF 2020 online film festival played host to filmmakers, movie buffs, investors, and the media from all over the world.
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In an interview with Channels Television right after the event, the RTF 2020 online convener Stanlee Ohikhuare expressed satisfaction on the successes of the first edition saying it exceeded expectations.
“When we checked our website, we had 22,000 clicks daily. Additionally. when we checked all the streams people were watching from, we had about 500,000 people who engaged with the movies actively on the platform we created.
“We created an OTT portal just like in Netflix where you have a catalogue of movies and you could choose from which catalogue to watch and then after it shows, you can decide to vote for the movie or review it on our website.
The festival which was created mainly for young and upcoming filmmakers also entailed a 20 – hour film challenge where each filmmaker made a film in just 20 hours with whatever they had. While some shot different scenes with family members, others shot a one-person film and they turned out beautifully.
“Filmmakers from different parts of the world took part in the filmmaking challenge and these movies are on our platform. You can go check the reviews and ratings for yourself
“…we are already making plans to have this online edition every year. So, for next year’s edition, we have already called for submission of entries and announced a date. And even if it happens, we will still have the online version. However, if this pandemic is over by June, we will go ahead to have the live event, but the online aspect will now be a part of every year’s activity.
“The screenings were hosted on a secure platform for free where only registered participants will be required to log in with a password, and then enter their name(s) and email addresses to view the movies,” Stanlee added.
As for the masterclass sessions; Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and Segun Arinze took on acting, Femi Odugbemi took on Documentary Film Production, Kunle Idowu (Frank Donga) taught on digital content creation, Kunle Afolayan took the directing session, Moses Babatope’s session was on International Distribution, Ronya Man took on Movie Audition, Stanlee Ohikhuare’s session was on Light Bending, Peace Itimi – Digital Marketing Trends, Ife Idowu – International Sales Opportunities, Timothy Fare-Matthews taught on Cinematography, Victor Sanchez Aghahowa took Screenwriting, Opeyemi Ajayi – Film Distribution Trends, David Schifter taught on Breaking into the U.S Scene and Victor Okhai taught on Short Films.
Movies that featured in the RTF 2020 online remote access edition were popular entries from Canada, UK, USA, France, Spain, Nigeria Turkey, Norway, Italy, and lots more.
The festival also allowed for exciting elements such as Panel Discussions, Film Pitching sessions, and an award ceremony to crown it.
In a press release issued before the event, the convener Stanlee Oikhuare had announced that the festival showcase was themed ‘HUMANITY C.A.N’ and it is “for filmmakers and by filmmakers to the world.”
“While most of the other festivals worldwide have either postponed or scrapped their events for the year 2020, we at RTF decided to move our event forward by two months, to help people around the world cope with the burden of COVID-19 lockdown. This is because as an innovative and technology-driven festival which has constantly upheld the mantra of remote accessibility, we believe that the very essence of our vision should take center stage at a time such as this,” the statement read.
“To this effect, we reached out to filmmakers interested in showcasing their works in our newly designed “ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL”
According to Stanlee, the vision of the RTF 2020 online event from inception was; “to build a truly International, all-inclusive and remotely accessible Film Festival.”
Our corporate vision is “to become the most acclaimed technology-driven, remotely accessible Festival in Africa with a keen interest in Cultural & Creative Arts.”
Here are some of the filmmakers whose works were screened at the RTF 2020 Online Event: