Film festivals throw Oscar contenders, but what else can they do?

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The Oscar season has kicked off as planned, with Telluride releasing highly anticipated titles like “The Power of the Dog” and “King Richard” (above), a ritual that continues this week with the latest edition of TIFF. As the rewards infrastructure rekindles after the mostly virtual one that preceded it, studios seem to want to make sure their potential candidates dominate the buzz. In Telluride, that meant every celebrity in town was working in the room, a feat all the more impressive given that they had spent the year avoiding the crowds.

But this phenomenon doesn’t say the whole story: Film festivals, after all, don’t just serve Academy voters. Telluride and TIFF are also designed as platforms for discovery – but what chance do they have to grab attention with all the extra noise? In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss this ongoing challenge, while also sharing some of the movies they can’t wait to see on TIFF lineup.

Watch the full episode above or listen to it below.

Screen Talk is produced by Leonardo Adrian Garcia and available on Apple podcasts, Stapler, Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. You can subscribe here or via RSS. Share your comments with Thompson and Kohn on Twitter. Browse previous installments here, watch the show again on Apple podcasts, and be sure to let us know if there are any specific issues you want to hear from hosts in future editions of Screen Talk. Check out the rest of IndieWire’s podcasts on Apple podcasts here.

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