Instructions

How to watch online from home

THANK YOU for purchasing tickets to the Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival.

You will be emailed a one-off link to the event prior to screening. This will take you to the event page on the viewing platform which will have a ‘go to event’ button to click on at 7pm when the event goes live. There will be 20 or so minutes for you to adjust your connection, viewing and sound before the program starts.

The event will start with an introduction from Claire Jager, the Festival Director, and then the feature film will start at 7.30pm.

Each of the three CDOCFF film presentations are a one-off live event. Tickets purchased give you access for that night and time only, just as it would be if you were going to the cinema in real time.

After the credits roll, there will be an interval sign where you can take a quick break and replenish supplies. There will be a notice to exit full screen and then click the link to go to the live streamed Q&A session with the panel. You will be able to ask questions or comment via the chat box.

While there’s nothing quite like watching a movie at the theatre, watching a movie at home is often more convenient, more comfortable, and less expensive. You may want to snuggle up and watch a movie solo or invite friends over for a home cinema experience.

Make your home Festival ready 

Choose a space for your home theatre. This doesn’t have to be a room completely dedicated to watching movies, but it should be a space where you can watch a movie undisturbed for a few hours. Ideally, it should be a relatively quiet space with curtains or blinds that allow you to block out light.

Set up a TV or projector with your computer source.If you are enjoying a movie alone, you can watch directly from your computer or tablet, but if you have company or want to go to the ‘next level’, have a go at connecting your computer to your TV, or a projector if you have one.

More and more people have already set up their computer and other devices to Apple TV or Google Chromecast. Consider getting this set up to enjoy this festival and many more screen experiences in the future.

An easy and inexpensive way to do this is by connecting your computer to a TV or projector using a HDMI cable. Check this wiki-how link to go through the process https://www.wikihow.com/Connect-PC-to-TV

Check your Internet connection and streamability. Our CDOCFF event page works on most major browsers on Windows and macOS. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari when viewing the livestream from your computer. We also recommend clearing your browser’s cache and ensuring your browser is updated to the most recent version.

Sound is the other half of the picture. If you want to take your home theatre to the next level, consider purchasing speakers. Speakers will enhance sound quality, creating a more immersive experience. A soundbar or portable speaker is a good option if you want a significant upgrade in sound quality, but aren’t ready to invest in a pricey surround-sound speaker system. This works easily with your computer or any other device and transforms the viewing experience, even without connecting to a TV or projector.

Dim the lights. A dark environment is important for an immersive cinematic experience.

Turn phones off. Light and sounds from a phone can be extremely distracting, as you probably know from your local movie theatre. Turn off or silence your phone, and have others do the same.

Make the space comfortable. One of the best things about watching a movie at home is added comfort. Put on your comfiest loungewear, and bring extra blankets and pillows for a super cozy feel. Or get dressed up and pass out the martinis!

Technical requirements

  • System Requirements – Windows 7 or higher, Mac OS X 10.6 or higher
  • Supported desktop browsers
    • Google Chrome 45+
    • Mozilla Firefox 49+
    • Safari 10+
    • Microsoft Edge 15+
  • Supported mobile browsers – Chrome 45+, Safari 10+ (iOS)
  • Internet Connection – 5-10mbps download speed is recommended. Check your connection at speedtest.net.
  • If your download speed is low, call your Internet provider to see how it can be improved.
  • If the download speed can’t be improved, then consider checking with friends/family to see whether their Internet connection is good – and plan the cinema night around at their place!

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