Hollywood in Dover: ITVFest in 2016

By September 30, 2016Events, News

Courtesy of Film Courage

Outstanding overview of state of the art in TV shorts, drama, documentary. Great learning and sharing in all aspects of episodic development – from creative to financial. For directors, writers, and producers. Highly recommended. ITVFest is the original public festival and creative network of the world’s best independent television pilots, webseries and short films. Every September, over 1,000 filmmakers, actors, writers, directors, producers, financiers, Hollywood executives and general public fans to relax and connect in the Vermont mountains

This year, Lars Torres (VMA, Burlington Generator) and Stephen Pite (VMA and Vermont College of Fine Arts Film) put together a panel of digital production experts including Edmar Mendizabal (Gameblocks), Eric Ford (Vermont PBS), and Luke Stafford (Mondo Mediaworks) to explore the varied and complex digital production field in Vermont.

The panel addressed issues such as:

What can be done to draw Vermont’s world-class talent out of the woods and on the soundstage? What can we do as a community to connect our emerging talent with some of the most experienced talent in the industry?

We know Vermont is a great state to get away from the press and pace of fast-paced digital industries – and a great place to create. There is also a lot of room for growth in the digital creative industries, and we’re some great signs of strengths.

Should Vermont capitalize on these strengths? How can Vermont capitalize on these strengths? What concrete mechanisms do we have to strengthen and grow our digital creative talent, resources, and throughput? What might we need or look for to expand opportunities for digital creatives in real ways both here in Vermont and worldwide? What might an expanding creative economy look like in Vermont, now and in five years?

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