Deadline’s annual Contenders Film event is coming on the weekend of January 23-24, a virtual extravaganza of awards-caliber films — 49 in all — that is a must-stop this very different Oscar season.
With a livestream beginning at 8 a.m. PT both Saturday and Sunday, the crème de la crème of contenders will be showcased with clips and conversations with top talent. In fact, the lineup of stars and filmmakers this year is truly extraordinary: 16 studios are participating including A24, Amazon Studios, Apple, Bleecker Street, DreamWorks Animation, Focus Features, Gravitas Ventures, Hulu, Kino Lorber, Neon, Netflix, Sony Pictures Classics, STX Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Studios and Warner Bros.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced changes to this much-anticipated movie-season event which normally takes place in the fall in London, New York City and Los Angeles. But as with last spring’s Emmys, and last weekend’s successful launch of our spinoff events Contenders Documentary and Contenders International, we are keeping safety as a priority and going virtual — but not forsaking any of the excitement or opportunity to sample the films that are bound to be the most talked about by the people who will be doing the voting for the Oscars and key guilds. Think of it as one-stop shopping at this exclusive weekend that is strictly invitation-only for those in the industry.
Our Deadline team will be serving as moderators including Mike Fleming Jr., Pete Hammond, Anthony D’Alessandro, Joe Utichi, Antonia Blyth, Dominic Patten, Amanda N’Duka, Dino-Ray Ramos, Todd McCarthy, Justin Kroll, Tom Grater, Dade Hayes and Andreas Wiseman.
The Deadline Contenders Film Official Sponsor is One Albuquerque Film Office. Deadline Contenders Film Partners include Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Eyepetizer, Michter’s, Crop Organic Vodka and Seatopia.
Deadline’s Contenders Film is now into its second decade and the one that started it all, and we are dedicated to making it the most memorable ever with the biggest turnout yet.
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