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A Collaborative Shift in the Film Festival and Cinema Experience

COVID did not independently change the entertainment experience: it accelerated its evolution. No longer hindered by childcare schedules, geographies, or physical barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from taking part, cinephiles across the globe can now more readily share access to the film community. Please join our panel as we discuss how festivals are adapting to a redefined norm, how the hybrid entertainment model will impact film selection for festivals and cinemas, and what successful models (including budgets, resources, and operational practices) can be used to adapt to today’s new content delivery norms.

Dave White, Founder and CEO, Shift72

Matt Brown, Digital Experience Lead, Toronto International Film Festival
Al Cossar, Artistic Director, Melbourne International Film Festival
Ahbra Perry, Head of Alamo On Demand, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

presented by Shift72


Nov 02 2021


5:00 pm - 6:30 pm




  • Ahbra Perry
    Ahbra Perry
    Head of Alamo on Demand, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
  • Al Cossar
    Al Cossar
    Artistic Director, Melbourne International Film Festival

    Al Cossar is the Artistic Director of the Melbourne International Film Festival in Australia, where he has previously held roles of Programmer, Acting Artistic Director, and Associate Artistic Director, since joining festival staff in 2011.

    In regular/pre covid circumstances, MIFF is one of the Southern Hemisphere’s most significant film festivals, presenting a lineup of 380 films annually, as well as a variety of touring, industry-focused, and talent developmental initiatives.

    He has additionally held numerous positions within festivals and screen culture organisations in Melbourne and Sydney through organisations such as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Human Rights and Arts Film Festival and Flickerfest; within post production supervision in New Zealand; and previously worked as a broadcast television film critic for ABC News Breakfast in Australia. He is permanently square-eyed, and happily so.

  • Dave White
    Dave White
    Founder and CEO, Shift72
  • Matt Brown
    Matt Brown
    Digital Experience Lead, Toronto International Film Festival

    Matt Brown heads the Digital Experience team for the Toronto International Film Festival and serves as the product manager for TIFF’s year-round digital cinema, which allows TIFF to foster inclusive access to film to audiences across Canada. A filmmaker, podcaster, and online film critic, he is also the author of The Cinema of Survival: Mad Max Fury Road, a book of essays about George Miller’s 2015 film.