DIFF Daily 2010

Article on: Opening Session of Young Journalist Award – Workshop.

Dec 13,2010 - 03:51 PM

During the DIFF Young Journalist Award Open Workshop, titled “The Future of Film Business Journalism”, speakers - Colin Brown and Mike Goodridge spoke about their views on the International film industry and how they work, both in terms of how regional and international films are catered to the market, and the challenges that the film makers of independent and regional cinema face, today with the inception of New Media like the social networks such as Twitter, Facebook etc. They mentioned about gossip and rumours as the talk of the town usually in Hollywood and that bad behavior of stars is also commonly noticed by the masses. Both Colin and Mike referred to the Internet as an effective medium of communication to reach audience around the world in real time and that piracy is much debated issue that seems to be a challenge for film makers to battle out in order to gain profitability through fair business. They also mentioned that journalists want the widest exposure and experience and it’s the same for advertisers and market sellers as well in the film industry. Mike also gave out his opinion on promoting films through a subscriber base to avoid the probability of piracy, as a means to balance play of piracy in the film industry. Following is a brief interview with Colin Brown and Mike Goodridge about Young Journalist Program brought out by DIFF:
What do you think of the Young Journalist Award Program?
Colin: It’s a unique program since I don’t know of any other festival in the world that has give thought to the media as something that needs improvement or educating so it’s a remarkable idea. Film festivals need the media; it’s the oxygen that makes them work. Film festivals have a duty or role in helping film makers launch their career; here’s a film festival that thinks journalists can also launch their careers here.
As part of the Young Journalist award are you focusing only on Film Journalism or Journalism as a whole?
Colin: Well the answer is both; specifically we are focusing on film journalists since it’s a film festival, broadly we are using the event to teach journalistic skills as it applies to one thing the net result is the same. To be a good film journalist you have to be two journalists in one; a business journalist and a good critic of art and talent and all those things are very complex to write about. Mike (Goodridge) is a great a business journalist and he’s also a great critic, those skills don’t often co – exist.
Mike: It’s also an industry that is so over covered for the world’s media that I think it’s a good place for the young journalist to sift through what’s important and what’s not in a story.
What do you expect of the students at YJA?
Colin: They should be able to take something out of this experience. It’s more like a practical platform for them, so giving them an industrial experience is the main focus.¬¬¬

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