Paul Schrader Wants Netflix and Amazon to Save the World’s Biggest Film Festivals
Schrader wrote to IndieWire proposing a solution to the challenge facing all film festivals: the inability to hold public gatherings. The “virtual film festival” concept has divided the film community, with some consultants arguing that it does no favours for filmmakers, and others seeing it as the only way forward. Schrader falls into the latter camp but believes it can only happen with major players at the table. (The idea bears some similarity to the “We Are One” festival announced by Tribeca and YouTube earlier this month, but its programming details remain vague.)
He says that the Tribeca Festival doesn’t have enough muscle. He adds that only three players with that muscle — Netflix, Amazon, and Disney and that it’s a wonderful opportunity for someone like Netflix to create an event that pulls all these forces together.