Episode 134

Published on:

10th Jul 2020

The Online Film Festival for the Documentary Filmmaker

Lyndon Stone is the founder and festival director of Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. Melody Gilbert is a documentary filmmaker well acquainted with the world of film festivals.

In light of Covid events, both the festival director and filmmaker, have had to pivot their approaches to documentary film festivals.

This is the kind of discussion we documentary filmmakers have been wanting to have ever since the pandemic greatly impacted our doc lives.

Topics Discussed

  • how Lyndon Stone has incorporated a hybrid approach to this year's MDFF
  • how the virtual festival can actually be a good thing for both the festival director as well as the documentary filmmaker
  • why doco Melody Gilbert was initially hesitant to premiere her documentary feature at MSPIFF which
  • how an online film festival might actually be very advantageous to the independent documentary filmmaker


Additional Resources

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Check out the full roster of this year's Melbourne Documentary Film Festival!


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The Documentary Life
Documentary filmmaker & host, Chris G. Parkhurst, inspires & informs you on how to best live and lead your own doc life.
Have a passion for making documentary films? Want to learn how to best lead a documentary life? Join award-winning commercial and documentary filmmaker, Chris G. Parkhurst, and special industry guests as they candidly share their filmmaking stories, insights, and experiences, for all to learn how to best lead and live their own documentary dream lives.

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