My Darling Quarantine: An Online Short Film Festival
Anjelica Rankin | On 20, Mar 2020
With the cancellation of, uh, society, My Darling Quarantine is celebrating the love of cinema in a time of social distancing and self-isolation.
The Coronavirus has led to countries closing their borders, toilet paper shortages, and the cancellation of many film festivals around the world. When faced with this cultural woe, the folks at the online magazine Talking Shorts created a solution.
My Darling Quarantine is an online short film festival that presents a programme of seven short films every week. The films have been curated by Enrico Vannucci, a short-film advisor and programmer for the Torino Short Film Market, and his quarantined collages from around the globe. Each film follows a very relevant theme – dystopia.
It is more than watching a short film. In the festival spirit, viewers can also vote on which of the seven films was their favourite.
Although My Darling Quarantine was made for film lovers in isolation, it is a way for everyone to enjoy the film festival experience. So, as festivals like Tribeca Film Festival and the Melbourne Queer Film Festival are postponed or cancelled, Talking Shorts offers a great solution by hosting this online short film festival.
My Darling Quarantine is free, but there is GoFundMe page where you can donate. The donations will be split between two causes: Medecins Sans Frontiers and helping cultural institutions and workers who are affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
Medecins Sans Frontiers is an organisation that is currently focusing on helping avoid a COVID-19 outbreak among 42,000 asylum seekers trapped on the Greek Islands. They are also supporting people worldwide who do not have a health care system strong enough to deal with the virus.
If you are a film lover who is missing the plethora of film festivals that are being cancelled or postponed, check out My Darling Quarantine. Talking Shorts will present seven short films every week, from now until this pandemic is over.
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