A Saudi filmmaker, Abdullah al-Muheisin, couldn't attend the screening of his film in New York because he couldn't get a visa on time.
This is added prove that all is required is satellite communication and education. If people can get American university degrees without leaving home, sure they can discuss a film. There is no need for him to be here at all or ever: he can speak to his New York audience from the safe distance of Saudi Arabia. Why take unnecessary risks?
The case for Palestinian films is more complicated. The movies themselves couldn't make it to the film festival because Fedex refused to pick up from Gaza.
Iranian films were not even considered.
Yalla. Watch what arrived. These festivals seem to be on their way out of existence. And of course, there is always Hollywood.