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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.