Panel Discussion

The Future of Festivals

7 May 2008

Location: Theater Kikker

What is the position of film and media festivals in the changing media landscape? What are their unique and distinguishing qualities?  Should they redefine themselves to accommodate the needs of artists and audience in a more optimal and contemporary way? And if so, how?

For instance. where more and more musicians are able to reach their audience via the inter­ net and peer­to­peer networks and download sites have swept away the economic basis of the record industry, it might be the moment to ask ourselves what the influence of YouTube and the like will be on film and media festivals. More and more young and independent filmmakers turn to the internet and YouTube especially. Are these artists liberating themselves from the harness of curators and festival programmers? Are they becom­ ming truly independent or are they delivering themselves to a commerce-driven pool of medio­cracy? Where the internet will continue to develop itself as a platform for the presentation of moving images, both com­mercial and off­stream its time for festivals to redefine their off­line and online strategies.

> Kevin McGarry and Nellie Killian of the New York Underground Film Festival/ Migrating Forms.

> Remco van Vlaanderen of Submarine, Cross Media Production Studio.

> Philine von Guretzky of, Online Gallery for Video Art.

Moderation: Chris Keulemans

(This panel is the start of an ongoing collaboration between the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and the Impakt Festival)

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