What is ITVFest? It’s Hollywood’s Front Door

 

ITV FESTIVAL –  DOVER, VERMONT SEPTEMBER 24-27, 2015

 



Film Courage:  What is ITVFest?

ITVFest: ITVFest is the original public festival and online network of the world’s best independent television pilots, webseries and short films. Every September, they bring together over 1,000 filmmakers, actors, writers, directors, producers, financiers, Hollywood executives ,and general public fans to relax and connect in the Vermont mountains.

Film Courage:  What makes ITVFest different?

ITVFest:   Unlike big city festivals where it can be difficult to interact with the right people, ITVFest in Vermont offers a unique opportunity to meet fellow professionals and make lasting connections that can lead to prosperous careers.

 

Film Courage:  What do you love most about indie content?

ITVFest:   Indie artists have one focus: to tell a story they’re passionate about in the best way possible. That clarity of vision makes indie tv, web and film creators artists of the purest form and they don’t sensor or create based on business considerations such as what sponsors they could get or total run times, etc.

Film Courage:  Is there anything new ITVFest is doing this year?

ITVFest:   This year ITVFest is introducing new segments called Network Notes and StoryLab. Network Notes is a series of one-on-one development meetings with ITVFest judges that gives filmmakers the opportunity to receive valuable notes about their project from industry leaders, just the way they would at any TV network.

 
Film Courage: What do people say is the best part of attending ITVFest?


ITVFest:   They say the best part of attending ITVFest are the friendships they make with other artists while here. The Vermont setting makes ITVFest unique and valuable experience  in a way that city festivals just can’t. People leave ITVFest with new friends and often that leads to new jobs down the road.

 

Film Courage: What are your core values at ITVFest?

ITVFest:  ITVFest’s core value is to further the careers independent artists.

Film Courage:   ITVFest was established in 2006, can you share some of the growth highlights that bring it to where it is today?

ITVFest:  When ITVFest was founded in Los Angeles in 2006, it was the 1st Independent Television festival in country. It’s launch coincided with YouTube’s launch in 2006. We immediately began asking the questions about how web and TV would merge and what that meant for the future. ITVFest caught on quickly a grew exponentially in its first years. In 2013, the decision was made to move to Vermont to turn ITVFest into a destination getaway where artists and executives can meet and create long lasting professional relationships.

 

Film Courage:   Going on 10 Years strong, what has kept ITVFest competitive for creatives?

ITVFest:   ITVFest is kept competitive by the high quality of work being produced and submitted from around the world every year. It always amazes us to see what new shows independent artists are capable of creating on minimal budgets. We get to see raw talent at work.

Film Courage:   What percentage of your Official Selections come from publicist and distributor relations versus the standard submission process?

ITVFest:   0%

Film Courage:   What is the budget range of most projects submitted to ITVFest?

ITVFest:   $5,000-$15,000

Film Courage:   How many team members are involved in the judging process?

ITVFest:   The judging panel changes each year. This year we have over 20 executives and judges as listed on the ITVFest website.

Film Courage:    When does the submission process begin and when does it end?

ITVFest:   Submissions open October 1st and close July 1st.

Film Courage:    Tips to keep in mind when submitting to any film festival?

ITVFest:   It is crucial to remember that your film is being watched in a lineup of hundreds of others. Imagine watching 5 hours of web series and TV pilots and then watching your project – you have to stand out immediately as being a unique talent that has a special story to share with the world. Repeating themes or memes that you’ve seen before will likely result in judges not accepting your project based on a lack of originality. If you are going to try and reinvent an old theme, it better be spectacular.

Film Courage:    Biggest mistake in creating independent, web-based TV?

ITVFest:   There are two: 1) Being unoriginal. 2) Using friends and family as cast and crew. Just because you know someone doesn’t mean they have the talent to be on screen or in the editing room.

Film Courage:    In addition to the beautiful New England landscape in the Fall, what incentives does ITVFest offer filmmakers?

ITVFest:   ITVFest offers filmmakers a unique opportunity to actually interact with industry executives. Unlike other festivals, ITVFest does not have a “green room” where the VIPs hideaway in all day long. You won’t have personal access to this many executives in one place at once time anywhere else.

Film Courage:    What should a festival filmmaker bring to their screening?

ITVFest:  They should bring their entire cast and crew and all of their friends and family. Energy and support in the room is essential.

Film Courage:    Should a filmmaker/content creator always attend festival screenings?

ITVFest:  Yes!

Film Courage:    How involved is the local community with the festival?

ITVFest:  Members of the local community enjoy the world’s best filmmakers coming to their town every year. It’s a great place to step away from the bright lights and busy streets of the city and have your work seen by a fresh audience of “everyday people.”

Film Courage:    What should a 2015 attendee wear to Dover, Vermont in the fall?

ITVFest:  We always get asked to predict the weather in Vermont – it’s impossible! Our best guess is to bring shorts, a t-shirts, a sweatshirt, a sweater and a hat. You might need them all in the same day.

Film Courage:    What activities or events do you put on that help filmmakers network?

ITVFest:  We have an extensive list of panels, showcases, networking VIP parties and the red carpet gala to make sure artists and executives have the chance to meet.

Film Courage:    When attending a festival party, panel, screening, what is the proper way to network?

ITVFest:  Simply by being yourself. Be professional and realize that the execs are just people too. They’re here taking time out of their busy schedule to find the world’s next best talent. They want you to be awesome, they want your show to be the best things they’ve ever seen. They’re on your side.

Film Courage:    What types of panels do you have in 2015?

ITVFest:  The 2015 panels will focus on what’s happening with the merge of TV and web. It’s a critical time for the industry and this issue will be figured out within the next few years – and it will be figured out by people such as those in attendance at ITVFest.

Film Courage:    Besides screening the films, is there anything you do to help filmmakers meet distributors?

ITVFest:  We have an extensive list of panels, showcases, networking VIP parties and the red carpet gala to make sure artists and executives have the chance to meet.

Film Courage:    What trends are you seeing with Web TV Acquisitions?

ITVFest:  Web acquisitions are becoming rare and elusive. Studios require that you already have a built in audience before buying your series since they don’t have the resources to build a big enough audience for you that will pay their overhead costs. The studios know that web audiences are fleeting and are still trying to figure out how to capture magic in a bottle online.

Film Courage:    Outside of ITVFest, can you share 5 things about Vermont in the Fall that visitors have to experience?

ITVFest:  The foliage. The reservoirs. Hike to the local mountaintop – you’ll be on top of the world. Maple Liqueur. And of course… craft beers!

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The road to a successful career in the independent television and web series worlds now runs through foliage covered Vermont. Not LA or NYC, but Dover, Vermont.

This year ITVFest (the Independent Television and Film Festival) in Dover, Vermont is celebrating their tenth anniversary.

ITVFest is the original public festival and online network of the world’s best independent television pilots, webseries and short films. Every September, they bring together over 1,000 filmmakers, actors, writers, directors, producers, financiers, Hollywood executives ,and general public fans to relax and connect in the Vermont mountains. Unlike big city festivals where it can be difficult to interact with the right people, ITVFest in Vermont offers a unique opportunity to meet fellow professionals and make lasting connections that can lead to prosperous careers.

Studios trust that what they see at ITVFest is the best of what is out there in the expansive digital universe. ITVFest prides itself on being for and about the creators of quality content – regardless of industry status. Their content creators range from new filmmakers to Emmy winners.

New in 2015, they are launching the world’s first online TV network dedicated to Independent TV and webseries. There is a growing space between Youtube and HBO where talented artists are creating amazing work but having trouble finding distribution and they intend to fill that void and give the public audience a trusted channel of great new content.

Want to take part in this awesome event? Go to Itvfest.com to buy tickets for this year’s festival. It’s sure to be a great time! Be sure to take in the awesome fall leaves and mountain air when you’re there.

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