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Kickstarter & The Guardian to hold summit on online documentary films

Posted January 14th 2016

Kickstarter and the Guardian are holding an event in Park City, UT later this month focused on the future of documentary films in the world of the Internet.

The web is disrupting the way we consume media.

Be it movies, TV shows, or music, the web has changed the distribution dramatically.  More generally though, the web has changed the way we tell and share stories.  This has caused a lot of excitement in the world of documentary -- particualrly short form docs like those featured by Vice.

From the event organizers:

"Opportunities are booming for online short documentaries, with The Intercept's new Field of Vision project joining The Guardian Documentary, New York Times' OpDocs, and other players as exciting opportunities for international filmmakers to reach large audiences with stories that can be told in short form. Is this a challenge or a complement to traditional exhibitors such as broadcasters? How do the platforms differ, and what new things can they offer the industry? These platforms all have their roots in news, investigation, and journalism — does that influence the films they want? And how does it all work with finance and rights?"

Check out the full event page here and check back in with us for an update after the event. 


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