By Matthew Elliott, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Organizers of the Rio Film Festival have been forced to make a number of changes to the event’s screening schedule as it reaches its second week due to disturbances and protests in and around Cinelândia where key venue, the Odeon Petrobas, is located.

Rio Film Fest's Schedule Changes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil News
Odeon Petrobas in Cinelândia where protests have disrupted the festival programming, photo by Festival do Rio.

The weekend’s program will remain unaltered but on Monday and possibly Tuesday, most of the films scheduled for the Odeon will now screen instead at the Cinépolis Lagoon in the Lagoa neighborhood.

Tickets for the Odeon will be valid for all sessions at the Lagoon. Screenings at the Centro Cultural Justiça Federal (CCJF) will not be affected by the changes.

The Brazilian premiere of “Behind the Candelabra,” which had been scheduled for midnight on Friday, will now take place on October 8th at Estação Botafogo.

The festival enters into its second week with a terrific array of films, documentaries and workshops for festival-goers to embrace.

RioMarket will offer further training to professionals and creates a nurturing space for new businesses. Until the 9th, directors, producers, writers, technicians, officials and other professionals of the audiovisual industry will meet with the public to clarify and discuss issues relevant to the industry.

From October 7th until the 9th, Argentine director, writer and producer, Daniel Burman, will be hosting a screenwriting workshop at the Armazém da Utopia in the Port region of Rio de Janeiro. Sunday will see an interesting workshop on uncovering the power of the iPad and iPhone in independent filmmaking held from 10AM to 1PM.

Also on Monday, a series of seminars will emphasize the future legal challenges faced by the film industry. Piracy, production rights, censorship and international law will all be covered.

Meanwhile all eyes will be on Première Brasil, the competitive element of the festival, with jury and audience awards due later this week. Eleven feature film, eight documentaries and seventeen short films are competing.

Read more (in Portuguese).

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