Monday, April 26, 2010

TCM Announces 2011 Film Festival

The first TCM Classic Film Festival concluded last evening, and today Turner Classic Movies announced its plans to hold a second festival in 2011.

TCM has not yet announced if the second festival will be held in the same Hollywood locations.

It will be interesting to see if TCM follows the same pricing model in 2011. I would have loved to attend, but didn't for a variety of reasons: the high price ($400-$500 minimum for one four-day pass) relative to similar festivals, such as the Disney D23 Expo; no option to buy a one-day pass or make advance purchases of single-screening tickets; and the fact that over my lifetime I have been fortunate to attend many similar types of screenings, at a far lower cost, due to the fact I live in Southern California.

Although the cost of the TCM Festival didn't make sense for our family's budget, it appears to have been quite successful and met the needs of those who saw it as a "destination" vacation-type event. I applaud that the festival called attention to classic films and film preservation, and hopefully it also helped to further develop interest in classic films in those who were able to attend.

Dear Old Hollywood has a positive review by a Southern Californian.

TCM's Movie Morlocks blog live blogged the festival at these links: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4, or alternatively you can visit the Festival Blog Site. Further thoughts from attendees can be found in this TCM Discussion Forum.

Additionally, Glenn Erickson posted comments over the weekend, as well as a wrap-up post today.

I'll be posting information about plans for the 2011 Festival as they are developed.

Previously: Exciting News: The TCM Classic Film Festival; TCM Festival Update.

Update: Leonard Maltin has now posted his thoughts.


Blogger Tom said...

Thanks for all those links, Laura. I need to catch up. Want to hear how some of the screenings went.

7:57 PM  

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