The Cambria Film Festival hosted its first-ever hybrid film festival on Saturday, Aug. 21. A hybrid festival is a showcase that allows participants to view films in person or stream them at home. With nearly 200 unique participants (which meant more people saw the film than we could have accommodated in the Cambria Center for the Arts Theatre), SummerFest was a great success. For several of the participating filmmakers, it was their first chance to showcase their film on a big screen for a live audience.
The event was also an experiment for the Cambria Film Festival to learn more about the potential pluses and pitfalls of hosting a hybrid festival. We screened six different film programs in the Center and online, hosted a party at The Garden Shed, and live-cast a screening and discussion from CCAT.
For those interested, excerpts of the festival can be viewed for free at https://vimeo.com/showcase/8765871 This includes the Q&A following both Trusting Chloe and Where There Once Was Water films, as well as the entire film and discussion from “The Making of a Film.”