Through this track we are keen to explore a whole range of topics/areas/subjects which fall under Cinema and/or Interactive Media.
Some of the broad areas for consideration (under which the topics can come under) include
Business of Cinema-be it anything to do with marketing of movies, distribution/release strategy,raising funds-be it for pre-production/production/post production, alternate revenue models,alternate ways of reaching target audience etc.
Creative Process- conceptualizing to execution, topics falling under the creative areas including writing and direction like how to conceptualize a web series, art of storyboarding for films & television etc.
Interactive Media & convergence with Entertainment- synergy between interactive media (like video sharing platforms-Youtube/Vimeo/Dailymotion etc) with cinema/music/T.V etc
Miscellaneous-anything connected to Cinema and/or Interactive Media which does not fall under points 1, 2 &3.categories for example-film criticism,future of interactive media,adaptation of books and plays into films etc., censorship in cinema, how to make you app stand out amidst the clutter,how can podcasting serve as means of promoting a brand/movie etc.
The above categories and/or topics are just suggestions to give you an idea of what we are looking at broadly. We welcome wacky, innovative and experimental stuff provided they meet all other criteria’s.
Indian independent films - the future
The objective of this FGD is to figure out the way forward for independent films produced in India and it’s future.
Indian independent films are a new breed. One feels that these fresh stories just tore through the autocracy of ‘masala formula movies’ to gather awards and acclaim across the world. But yet, noone seems to have been able to tame or even understand this emerging genre.
Not the government, not the ‘industry-experts’, nor the TRP, none of them have any grip on the movement and motion of alternate stories being told. Nobody but us, the audience, can and would decide which direction will this movement take.
There are many challenges ahead of the independent film industry - content, funds, audience, distribution, exhibition space etc, all of which will be open to discussion here.
I am an installation artist, graphic designer and screenwriter, now based out of Kochi. I run a company called Popup Talkies, we screen alternate Indian films at alternate spaces. I have organised screenings across Pune, Goa, Delhi and Berlin. We are soon launching a new initiative called Backyard Screening, in collaboration with an artist-run space called Backyard Civilization, which will be a short-films-based open community screening.