How did you come to the decision to temporarily suspend the production of Film Comment?

Like many nonprofit arts organizations responding to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our parent organization Film at Lincoln Center (FLC) has had to respond quickly and develop an intensive plan to ensure the future viability of both FLC and, by extension, Film Comment. In March, the organization initiated across-the-board salary cuts, furloughs, layoffs of some full-time staff and all part-time theater staff, and other budget and program cuts. Due to the indefinite nature of Film at Lincoln Center’s current closure, all programs of the organization have been suspended, including Film Comment.

What’s in the future for Film Comment?

Recently we’ve been exploring various ways to improve the reach and financial viability of our publication. Last year we were tasked with starting to consider a variety of scenarios including discontinuing the bi-monthly print edition in favor of an all-digital publication, and we continue to explore all available options for delivering Film Comment‘s essential criticism to our dedicated readers. We all sincerely hope that this period of uncertainty will be short and that we can soon resume serving our readers, as we have for over 50 years. 

I am a subscriber. What will happen to my subscription?

Subscriptions will be considered frozen following the May-June issue, and no subscriptions will be renewed during this period. All subscribers will be contacted at a later date with more details about our plans for the future as they become more concrete. We ask for your patience as we work things out during this unprecedented time and we hope you will stick with us—we need your support now more than ever. 

How can I access the May-June issue?

The May-June issue of Film Comment is being delivered digitally. The issue has been published on two platforms: the Zinio digital magazine store, which has hosted a digital version of the magazine for nearly 10 years and in full on filmcomment.com. If you are a subscriber, should have received an email detailing how to obtain your digital May-June edition of Film Comment. If you don’t have an e-mail linked to your print subscription, please submit this form.

I am a digital app subscriber. What will happen to the app?

The app will cease operation as of May 20, and all downloaded content will be disabled at that time. The May-June issue will be published on two digital platforms: the Zinio digital magazine store (which has been a home for the magazine for nearly 10 years) and in full on the filmcomment.com website.

I am a Film at Lincoln Center Member or Patron. What will happen to my subscription?

Subscriptions will be considered frozen following the May-June release, and no subscriptions will be renewed during this period. All subscribers will be contacted at a later date with more details about our plans for the future as they become more concrete. If you have a specific question or concern about how this affects your Film at Lincoln Center membership benefits, please contact your specific membership department (see below), and expect a response within two business days:

I am a Film Comment advertiser, or would like to be. What will happen with advertising opportunities?

Due to the unexpected nature of this temporary hiatus, Film Comment’s advertising opportunities are currently on hold. Existing advertisers have been notified. If you have any questions or were not contacted, please email hmednick@filmlinc.org.

Can I still access the Film Comment website during this time?

Access to past articles and podcasts will remain available on our website. However, no new printed editions, digital articles, or podcasts will be created or shared during the hiatus.

Can I still purchase back/archival issues?

We are unable to fulfill back issue orders for print versions of the magazine until our offices reopen, but digital back issues are available for purchase online


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