«Our choice for 2022 is to have a physical event»

FIPADOC: Artistic Director Christine Camdessus on the festival's 2022 form, how it has adapted in this, its second pandemic-era edition, and more.

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FIPADOC is an international documentary film festival held annually in Biarritz and, since its inception, one of Modern Times Review festival friends. Over its six days, FIPADOC brings members of the public and professionals together for screenings of outstanding documentary films. Also committed to industry, FIPADOC hosts a variety of meet-and-greets and premiers new projects, furthering the festival’s commitment to impact, innovation, image appreciation, and new talent.

With FIPADOC 2020 coming, currently scheduled for 17 – 23 January 2022, Modern Times Review spoke with its Artistic Director Christine Camdessus for some more insight into its 2022 form, how FIPADOC has adapted in this, its second pandemic-era edition, and more.

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Can you explain what exact form the 2022 edition of FIPADOC will take? Given (again) the spike in COVID-19 cases, how will the festival be presented?
Our choice for 2022 is to have a physical event. We believe in real encounters between the public and the filmmakers in theatres. We believe in the need for the professionals to be together and meet & match. We will do our best to welcome the ones who will come to have a memorable event with a great selection of films and projects.

Given this is now year 2+ of the pandemic’s effect on the festival scene, what sort of things has FIPADOC learned from its 2021 hybrid version? How have you improved upon this for the 2022 edition?
In 2021, the festival took place in three phases: industry days in January in a digital format, Campus Nomad in May brought a selection of films to young audiences in Cinemas and in classrooms, finally, in June the festival was held in Biarritz in presence of the directors.

For 2022, we have been confident to propose a full edition on the 3rd week of January, limiting our digital access to English speaking sessions in case some of our foreign guests cannot . . .

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Steve Rickinson
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