With over 3,000 entries from 61 countries, the 67th Festival del film Locarno team took an innovative approach to organise film submissions, help programmers review films efficiently, and streamline some of their onsite production workflows.
Requiring a solution that could handle a wide range of films and formats as well as an easy-to-use environment for effective film critique, the Festival’s operations team used Sony Media Cloud Services’ Ci cloud-based video platform to test the upload of film submissions and establish a secure way for the Festival Committee to review films. Ci also assisted in the production workflow of the Festival's coverage with the intent to extend Ci’s capabilities throughout its operations in years to come.
“We are constantly looking to discover new ways to innovate our festival, both for our spectators and behind the scenes,” said Mario Timbal, chief operating officer, Festival del film Locarno. “With world premieres, shorts, and experimental cinema from all over the world, we wanted a forward-thinking solution that could support every professional format, our festival artistic direction, and our operations team. Ci’s collaborative platform delivered on all fronts.”
It is also worth noting that the festival's opening film this year was Luc Besson’s Lucy, shot on the Sony F65.