Magazine article Screen International

Film Industry Events Undeterred by European Heatwave

Magazine article Screen International

Film Industry Events Undeterred by European Heatwave

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Temperatures of up to 45 degrees Celsius are predicted on the continent this weekend.

European film festivals are reporting business as usual this weekend despite extreme temperatures of up to 45 degrees Celsius forecast across the continent.

In the Czech Republic, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival begins today (June 28), with temperatures of up to 37 degrees Celsius predicted for the town on Sunday. The festival, which attracted 13,080 accredited visitors last year, has an open air strand of screenings as well as regular social events taking place outdoors.

However a festival representative said the forecast they had from a local weather service expected slightly lower temperatures, and that they have a medical service on standby in the festival’s main venue at Hotel Thermal in case of emergencies.

Munich Film Festival began yesterday (June 27) and runs until July 6, with the thermometer predicted to reach 34 degrees locally on Sunday. No special plans have been put in place for the hot weather; the festival did provide water and handheld fans for attendees at yesterday’s opening ceremony, but that was arranged prior to any extreme weather forecasts.

All of its outdoor screenings take place in the evenings, so no disruption to the schedule is expected. …

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