FILMETS closes its 46th edition with a 34% increase in spectators compared to last year

26/10/2020

A total of 17,593 people have enjoyed FILMETS this year, with live screenings at the Teatre Zorrilla in Badalona and the Institut français in Barcelona, as well as online sessions at www.festivalfilmets.cat

The three FILMETS Pro sessions aimed at professionals were held in an exclusively online format, with the speakers and the public interacting through digital platforms

filmets nit de les venusNit de les Venus 2020, Teatre Zorrilla de Badalona

The 46th edition of the FILMETS Badalona Film Festival has seen a 34% increase in viewership compared to the number of people who viewed the films last year. The increase in audience numbers is especially impressive given the extraordinary public health situation that provided the backdrop to this latest edition of FILMETS.

For the first time in the history of FILMETS, the festival’s audience was able to choose between two ways of watching the short films. There were three audience-attended sessions at the Teatre Zorrilla in Badalona and two at the Institut francais in Barcelona. The sessions were held in accordance with all the relevant health measures and with the venue capacities limited to 50%.

The alternative way to view the 297 shorts in the official competition was to register on the FILMETS website: www.festivalfilmets.cat. Until this year, the FILMETS sessions have only ever been screened in front of a live audience.

17,593 people were able to enjoy FILMETS 2020

The figures for the 46th edition of the FILMETS Badalona Film Festival show an increase in audience numbers despite the difficulties generated by the global health crisis. A total of 17,593 people were able to enjoy FILMETS this year.

The three live audience sessions at the Teatre Zorrilla were attended by 752 spectators. A further 244 attended the two sessions held at the headquarters of the Institut français in Barcelona. And 11,171 people registered on the festival’s website to watch a total of 297 short films.

A total of 255 participants registered for the three FILMETS Pro sessions for professionals. They followed them in an exclusively online format and interacted with the speakers through the Zoom platform.

Lastly, a total of 5,171 primary and secondary school students watched specially selected screenings in their schools. These screenings are usually held at the Teatre Blas Infante, but this year, due to the pandemic, the sessions were screened virtually at the individual schools.

The audience had the chance to watch the shorts on the big screen

The CEO of Badalona Comunicació, Josep Viñeta Balsells, declared the festival a resounding success because ‘‘despite the current public health issues, we were able to deliver a FILMETS where audiences still had the chance to enjoy cinema on the big screen. We combined this with the opportunity to view the short films on our website. The overall result has been spectacular, with a bigger audience than in 2019.”

 
 
 

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