The new format for the festival comes as no big surprise given coronavirus restrictions, which also posed challenges for the students creating and editing their films in the midst of a pandemic.
“Making a movie is never easy and there are always challenges,” Film Department Chair Annette Danto said. “But the Class of 2020 faced unprecedented hurdles during the COVID-19 public health pandemic.”
“Their ability to adapt to remote learning platforms in the middle of the semester, cope with personal and family illness, endure economic uncertainty and hardship, while continuing efforts to complete their thesis films is beyond impressive.”
As New York City enters the second phase of the reopening, the future of onsite classes remains unknown. For now, many of the college’s summer classes remain online.
The festival will be streamed free online, starting at 7 p.m. on June 26, and running until June 28. There will be an awards ceremony after the last screening on June 28. You can stream the festival from here.