Posts Tagged ‘Sundance’

Sundance New Frontier's Ian Calderon on Indie Digital

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Interviewed by CinemaTech‘s Scott Kirsner:

New Directions for Independent Cinema: Ian Calderon from Scott Kirsner on Vimeo.

< = > Sundance gets symbolic with low-budget movies

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Missed this in time for the submission deadline, but interesting to note that Sundance has added a new section for no-lo budget films it’s calling NEXT (represented by the symbol < = >). How these play at the festival will be a great experiment- will they be assessed on the same merits as other films or given a handicap? Given that the ultra-low budget level seems likely to emerge as viable (or even dominant?) in a troubled time for the industry, and given that these films don’t need distribution of the traditional sense to break even, there may be a new paradigm beginning to emerge right in the epicintre of indie buying buzz.

What's Next? Panel at Sundance on new distribution today

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

The lovely and talented Scott Kirsner hosts a panel today at noon at Sundance described as “In today’s brutal marketplace, filmmakers and distributors are forced to think outside the box. From DIY theatrical to multiplatform releases and viral marketing, there are as many new strategies today as there are successful films. Join us as we showcase films capitalizing on the newest opportunities, as well as the distribution companies articulating the clearest visions.”No surprise that panelists include Matt Dentler from Cinetic, as well as Lance Hammer, Connie White, Christian Gaines, MJ Peckos, Cora Olson and Steven Raphael. Expect to see a post-game on this one at Cinematech.

On Wednesday, another panel in the What Next? series will cover “As traditional film distribution wanes, is broadband ready to pick up the slack? We are finally seeing the major Hollywood players put their cards on the table, and filmmakers are weighing their options. Will broadband revitalize the entertainment industry, or is the industry facing a collapse? This panel assembles studio execs, major independents, and trend spotters to discuss digital distribution. As traditional film distribution wanes, is broadband ready to pick up the slack? We are finally seeing the major Hollywood players put their cards on the table, and filmmakers are weighing their options. Will broadband revitalize the entertainment industry, or is the industry facing a collapse? This panel assembles studio execs, major independents, and trend spotters to discuss digital distribution.”

Oddly, though New Frontier panels are open to the public and free, the logical conclusion of streaming hasn’t really hit yet. What’s next?

Sundance Shorts free at iTunes

Friday, January 16th, 2009

During the festival run, January 15-25, iTunes will offer for free 10 shorts screening at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The featured films are “Magnetic Movie”, “Countertransference”, “Acting For the Camera”, “James”, “Hug”, “From Burger it Came”, “Field Notes From Dimension X: Oasis”, “This Way Up”, “I Live in the Woods”, and “Instead of Abracadabra.”

At previous panels I have heard the idea floated about that a good idea would be to have features run online concurrent with their festival dates. No telling exactly what the repercussions of this would be for TV sales in particular (and slightly less of a concern might be theatrical impact) but for shorts, it’s seems only to be a winning proposition.