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Charity Film Awards to go ahead as virtual event

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Charity Film Awards to go ahead as virtual event

The Charity Film Awards, which celebrates the best films and videos made for charity, is going virtual in 2020 due to Covid-19.

The event was due to take place on 21 April, but will move to a virtual format so it can go ahead. It will be live streamed, alongside screening the winning films, with audience interaction on social media.

There will also be a dedicated slot for all 127 charity finalists to share their films with their supporters immediately prior to the broadcast. The new format will allow for public voting to take place until the moment before the awards ceremony starts.

This year’s awards have already seen 400 films enter and nearly 100,000 members of the public vote.

Charity Film Awards Founder Simon Burton said: “The current Covid-19 situation is impacting on all of our lives and is making it impossible to deliver the physical event we want to create for Charity Film Awards. The welfare and wellbeing of the charities involved and the communities they work with are our priority.

“As such, this year’s Charity Film Awards Gala will become a digital event. A digital event that we believe will help everyone involved further engage audiences and maximise the impact of the films. And one that we very much hope to involve the participating charities and their supporters in. We hope we can gather everyone together to view all the winning films at a celebratory screening when the conditions are more favourable.”

Stuart Wood is a news reporter across the Mash Media editorial portfolio. He writes for CMW alongside sister publications Conference News, Exhibition News, Access All Areas and Exhibition World.