Italy's Far East Film Festival Moves Online for 2020 Edition

Far East Film Festival Udine Exterior - Publicity - H 2018
Courtesy of FEFF

Udine's Teatro Nuovo plays host to the Far East Film Festival, with various satellites events and screenings taking place throughout the city. Over 60,000 people attend FEFF events according to the organizers, a notable achievement as Udine's population numbers around 100,000. 

The event, highly regarded in Asia, was originally postponed to June after a the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Italy's Far East Film Festival is moving online this year as the country continues to grapple with the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

The 22nd edition of the festival, an influential specialty event that brings popular and arthouse Asian cinema to Europe, was originally slated to run April 24-May 2. In February, as Italy became a COVID-19 hotspot, FEFF's organizers postponed the event to June 26-July 4. The latest move will see FEFF keep its rearranged dates but with all of the festival's activities moved online. 

As well as screening the competition films on demand, FEFF is arranging an online vote for the audience awards and streaming panels and talks with actors and directors that are showing at the festival.

From June 30-July 2, the festival's project market and seminars will also be online, including the Focus Asia industry event and the new Far East in Progress program, Europe's first platform dedicated to supporting Asian films in post-production. 

Festival organizers hope to announce the new film schedule and accreditation process in the coming weeks.  

FEFF is the latest festival to move online for 2020 due to the global COVID-19 crisis. Montreal's Fantasia Film Fest, Tribeca, Oldenburg and Locarno are among the festivals to have switched their events to be partially or fully online.