Why Indie Film Institutions Are Turning Their Attention to Web Series

Once upon a time, “film” literally referred to pieces of celluloid through which light projected moving pictures onto a big screen. Originally, a television was just a device – a box grabbing electronic signals out of the air, unscrambling them and delivering images to our living rooms. Today, though, most movies are no longer technically “film,” and “television” refers to just about any form of serialized storytelling. As entertainment continues evolving for both creators and consumers, a broader multi-platform storytelling community is taking shape, and just last month two major organizations that have both primarily supported independent film and filmmakers for over three decades revealed separate plans to support and encourage this growing digital revolution.

Just one week apart, the Sundance Institute and the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) each announced new programs debuting this fall focused on serialized storytelling for both television and online platforms. Sundance will model its new Episodic Story Lab after their long-running Screenwriters Lab. Meanwhile, RBC’s Emerging Storytellers project forum will inaugurate a Web Series Sidebar during this year’s Independent Film Week, running from Sept. 14-18. Both programs have been in the works over the past two years, and the announcements came on the heels of SXSW’s inaugural “Episodic” section the week before.

IFP dipped its toe into this pool last year, inviting Patrick Epino and Stephen Dypiangco’s web series “Awesome Asian Bad Guys” to participate in the Emerging Storytellers narrative project forum, and this year will accept five web series – in any stage of development, production or post-production – into the sidebar…

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