Globe-trottingopera director Peter Sellars is in talks with twocities about the possibility of overseeing further events along the lines ofthe New Crowned Hope Festival, which has already yielded a handful of films competingin
"Theseare the first steps," Sellars commented. "My hope isthat we can repeat this type of initiative."
Whiledetails of any new venture are yet to be confirmed, it looks highly likely thatBritish-based production company Illuminations Films, run by Keith Griffithsand Simon Field, will again be working with Sellars.
"The 21stcentury is asking for a new set of possibilities in distribution," Sellars said. "One of the issues about film festivals isthat a marvellous film will appear for a weekend, people will see it for aweekend and then it will disappear for ever."
The ideais that festivals will help create (and curate) the work as well as present it.Together with city authorities, they will co-finance and showcase films whichwill then travel from country to country."What I love about New Crowned Hope is that it has created analternative space that has visibility and staying power."
Sellars stated that the New Crowned Hope is alreadyprovoking "some shift within the film festival world."