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Practical  web  series  overshadow  pricy  short  films   Short  films  may  be  short-­‐lived  if  they  continue  circulating  in  theatres  rather  than  transferring  to  a  web   series  format.     The  2013  Vancouver  Short  Film  Festival  took  place   on  November  15th  and  16th  at  the  Vancity  Theatre   in  Yaletown,  showcasing  both  short  film  and  web   series  artists.  Festival  Director  Natalie  Kardum   says  this  year’s  festival  focused  on  the  booming   web  series  category.       “Web  series  [have]  kind  of  taken  over  …  and  it’s   really  changed  people  who  want  to  give  a  longer   lifespan  to  their  short  films.”       Both  short  films  and  web  series  need  to  be  widely   distributed  to  be  profitable,  extending  their   lifespan  in  the  public  eye.  Short  films  are  generally   restricted  to  screenings  within  the  costly  film   festival  circuit,  while  filmmakers  can  distribute  a   web  series  on  their  own  at  a  lower  cost.     Ivan  Hayden,  Director  of  the  After  web  series,  re-­‐ financed  his  condo  to  fund  his  pilot  episodes.  He   The  trailer  for  the  Vancouver  Short  Film  Festival,  including   says  funding  distribution  for  both  small  films  and   clips  from  various  web  series’  entries,  was  broadcast  online   web  series  is  the  hardest  part  about  keeping  afloat   rather  than  in  theatres.   in  the  business.     “In  the  traditional  film  industry,  you  should  never  finance  your  own  films  cause  you  never  make  money   off  of  them”  he  says.  “It  really  is  a  labor  of  love  for  indie  film,  short  film,  and  web  series. The  difference   being  that  web  series’  have  a  larger  possibility  than  you  can  crack  that  nut  and  make  more  money.”     Kardum  and  Hayden  agree  that  while  web  series  are  the  future  of  indie  film,  they  hope  there  will   always  be  an  audience  for  the  classic  movie  experience  in  front  of  the  big  screen,  keeping  the   traditional  short  film  alive.    


Practical web series overshadow pricy short films