The significance of the film festival is not only the economic effects it brings, but also the festival of the film – it brings together outstanding films and filmmakers, rewarding excellence, communicating and promoting the development of the film industry. In addition, in the 21st century, the film festival is more profound, and it can even speak for politics and culture.
The first movie I watched at this festival is “UNDERMINED: TALES FROM THE KIMBERLEY”. Many people say that the film festival is an academic event for filmmakers. In fact, on the day of the “UNDERMINED: TALES FROM THE KIMBERLEY” screening, the audience is more concerned with the information conveyed by the film than the film itself. Everyone talks about the problems of indigenous people in Australia and the future of the country. These problems seem to go beyond the movie itself.
From a political point of view, such a film seems to be a political tool or an educational tool. It has multiple meanings of politics and education. It speaks for a specific group of people and speaks for the country. The festival will expand the influence of the meaning behind such film. From my personal point of view, this is not just an experience of understanding the Melbourne International Film Festival. There are many people from different cultural backgrounds in the theater. Such a film festival seems to be a business card. It attracts more and more films and filmmakers around the world and promotes mutual understanding. The film festival connects films from all over the world. It is a way for audiences around the world to understand each other across national borders.
For movies like “UNDERMINED: TALES FROM THE KIMBERLEY”, its living space is not as big as a commercial movie. A good film festival will help a lot for such a movie. The film festival is the “art laboratory” of this type of film. This kind of film emphasizes the content, emphasizing the deep discussion of the problem, which may be human nature, politics, etc. The film festival is an excellent distribution window and an indispensable breakthrough window for the film industry. In addition, another role is that it will have a profound impact on movie audiences. In this era of rapid consumption, not all viewers are willing to pay attention to niche art films or documentaries like “UNDERMINED: TALES FROM THE KIMBERLEY”. Promoting the advancement of film art requires more than just reform from the supply side. It is equally important to improve the aesthetic level and consumption power of the demand side.
Overall, the first film festival experience made me feel that the film festival is a very comprehensive platform. Not only the benefits of the commercial and film industry but also the filmmakers who make a sound through the film get the attention of the audience. As stated at the beginning, the importance of a film festival is not only reflected in one aspect.