INDEPENDENT DAY

Saturday, June 9, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Hotel & Restaurant heyligenstaedt, Aulweg 41, 35392 Giessen

Moderation: Joël Bassaget

This day is dedicated to independent series production. Creators, festival directors, and producers will talk about all aspects of short form digital series making: the focus is on funding, production, distribution, and, most importantly, aesthetics, style, and artistic visions.

10:00 - 11:00 am | Presentation

FOCUS CANADA: Suzette Laqua presents Canadian short form digital series

Hotel & Restaurant heyligenstaedt, Aulweg 41, 35392 Giessen

Speaker: Suzette Laqua

This year’s festival comes with a Special Focus on the Canadian landscape of short form digital content. Suzette Laqua, founder and executive director of Vancouver Web Fest, tells you all the details about current Canadian series production and presents five series of her choice. Creators and producers of two Official Selection series, Gabriel Doré and Yvette Lu/Rob Lyons, will complement her with their personal experience.

11:00 - 11:30 am | Lecture

Joël Bassaget & Anne Santa Maria: From concept to distribution: DOs and DON’Ts

Hotel & Restaurant heyligenstaedt, Aulweg 41, 35392 Giessen

Speakers: Joël Bassaget, Anne Santa Maria

Two real experts on writing, producing, and distributing digital content will simulate five different common situations that creators and producers face in the process of creation. They will give the audience viable tips, tricks, and advices on how to manage them.

11:30 - 11:45 am | Short Break

11:45 - 12:45 am | Presentation

A-Z of digital series production

Hotel & Restaurant heyligenstaedt, Aulweg 41, 35392 Giessen

The directors of the two most nominated series in the competition will give you their personal insight on how to think, write, plan, direct, and produce to bring your series vision to life.

11:45 am | Presentation

Kate Madison: Project presentation of “Ren: The Girl with the Mark”

The series “Ren” is a complexly produced fantasy drama with high technical standards. Kate Madison walks you through the whole production process: the specifics of crowdfunding a project, how to figure out the amount of money you need, how to be able to produce on your budget - and also what problems and solutions she came up with on the set.

12:15 am | Presentation

Gisela Benenzon: Project presentation of “I’m Ander”

Argentinian director Gisela Benenzon has been nominated by festivals worldwide for her series “Soy Ander”. In an ‘A to Z’ on her production process she points out all the different stages and necessary steps and lets the audience in on her thoughts and experiences regarding independent filmmaking.

12:45 - 1:00 pm | Short Break

1:00 - 1:30 pm | Talk

Directors’ Panel I: Web Series World Cup Winner 2017

Hotel & Restaurant heyligenstaedt, Aulweg 41, 35392 Giessen

Luke Eve, director of the WSWC-winning series “High Life”, in conversation with Joël Bassaget and Csongor Dobrotka. Listen in on how his thoughts on scriptwriting, visual language, directing, and artistic decisions!

1:30 - 2:00 pm | Panel

Directors’ Panel II

Hotel & Restaurant heyligenstaedt, Aulweg 41, 35392 Giessen

Guests: Amandine Hervé-Pouchet (FR), Harry Sherriff (GB), Quentin Uriel (FR), Fabian Wallenfels (GE), Levin Hübner (GE)

Five directors of selected and nominated short form digital series will talk about their personal view on aesthetics, style, genre, and different formats. What do they consider as essential for a good series? What is visual storytelling to them? How did they find their personal style and artistic inspirations?

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