NYWIFT members and guests got an exclusive look at some of the hottest online platforms for documentary filmmaking. On April 27, 2015, NYWIFT presented Streaming Stories: Short Docs for the Web at the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. The panel explored how the medium of documentary film is adapting to a marketplace where an increasing number of films are reaching audiences online and viewers’ attention spans are getting shorter. In recent years, both producing documentary content for the web and releasing documentary shorts online have emerged as successful ways to increase mainstream viewership and promote filmmakers’ work.
How are filmmakers navigating this through this new world? What are the benefits and pitfalls of producing short form content for the web? And what strategies and platforms exist to get your work out there? Find out by watching the full panel discussion below, with producers and representatives from The Atlantic, NYTimes Op-Docs, POV, RetroReport, Storyhunter, VICE, and Vimeo.
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Featured speakers included Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg (The Atlantic Video), Lauren Cynamon (VICE Media’s Munchies), Kyra Darton (Retro Report), Emma Dessau (POV Digital), filmmaker Kelsey Doyle, Marianna Keller (Storyhunter), Kathleen Lingo (The New York Times), Jason Sondhi (Vimeo), and moderator Veena Rao. The panel was produced by Emily Harold and Veena Rao.
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