The infiniTIFF Summit is a half day conference exploring the touchpoints between current developments in film, storytelling, and technology.
Lead by inspiring keynote speakers, the conference addresses film professionals interested in how technology is shaping the future of the film industry, as well as professionals with backgrounds in IT, tech, design, and business development eager to explore possible new applications and market opportunities for technology. The aim of the conference is to inspire the audience to seek new forms of collaboration among disciplines and to rethink the way films are made, distributed, and experienced moving forward.
The summit will create initial dialogues and connections between film and various players and supporters from other backgrounds. The keynotes and presentations will address, among other relevant topics, the pre-visualisation films, the interaction of technology and storytelling, start-up strategies and business innovation, storytelling on social media, gamified storytelling, and blockchain-based revenue-distribution.
The infiniTIFF Summit is the B2B platform of infiniTIFF, the festival’s experience zone for new forms of storytelling, and provides an opportunity for knowledge exchange and interdisciplinary networking.
Registration & Networking
Scope of the Conference: creating a landscape
Stories we tell ourselves: players, viewers and choices
From Alien to Alien: Isolation, from The Thing to Stranger Things, from the big screen to small screens; the way we engage with storytelling and interact with content creators has changed. We used to consume stories, now we’re taking part in shaping them - even in cases where we don’t think we are.
In the opening keynote of the Summit, Ricardo J. Méndez will take a look at how the lines between viewer and player have blurred, how content transitions between narrative formats, and he will explore genres where the narrative takes place mostly in our heads.
Creativity vs Technology: armageddon or resurrection for the (European) film industry?
Times could not be seemingly worse for the film industry as we know it. Will there be a relevance for creators and storytellers at the time where data, algorithms and artificial intelligence are increasingly defining what kinds and where audiences consume content? Despite all odds, the content armageddon is not as close as it seems. New and exciting opportunities at unforeseen scale are opening up for creative storytellers and filmmakers who use opportunities offered by new technologies and platforms. Sten Saluveer will explore how creative storytelling combined with new business models will open the film industry up to its potentially biggest revolution since the shift from the silents to the talkies.
Real-time collaborative previsualization
How do you create a tool for real-time previsualization that is affordable, easy to apply in virtual production processes and at the same time effectively facilitates artistic collaboration and creative decision-making processes? In this session, Simon Alexanderson will introduce an innovative tool for real-time simulation to be used for visual concept development of cinematic works. The system itself is based on game engines allowing directors, writers, cinematographers, set designers/builders, lighting supervisors and digital artists to create, manipulate, and interact with CG-environments and objects in real-time. The tool can be applied at an early stage of script development to form the narrative through visual feedback or used as a planning tool to efficiently prepare the shoot.
Story Games: a new form of storytelling
Video games use the whole range of graphics, text and sound to engage the player. By contrast, this new form of storytelling takes it back to basics and uses just a single dimension: either text or voice. Thomas explores the challenges and opportunities of text adventure games for virtual assistants like Alexa as well as the free-to-play model to monetize them.
#Storytelling on Instagram: the emergence of a new narrative language
Every new visual medium needs time to evolve and create its own language. Since its inception in 2010, Instagram has developed over time into something more significant than just a platform for sharing images of friends, cats, cappuccinos and selfies. It has become a narrative tool for a new wave of filmmakers and storytellers, a platform for unique and complex stories that take advantage of the app’s possibilities and limitations. The Kissinger Twins will present some of the most exciting storytelling projects made on Instagram and give an in-depth look at their latest Instagram interactive mystery film @sufferosa.
Premiere and Publishing of #Stories
created at the infiniTIFF Workshop: #Stories on Instagram
workshop participants and Kissinger Twins
FilmChain: Rethink your money flow with blockchain
Independent films and digital video content are generating revenues. Does the money always reach the right accounts? Not always. Big Couch is building FilmChain, a blockchain-based solution for all content creators to receive their cut, in a transparent, decentralised manner. In the presentation, Irina Albita explores alternative ways of funding such as crewfunding, and blockchain-enabled solutions that can collect and allocate money in an instant.
Closing Remarks & Summary
Erwin M. Schmidt
Closing Reception, Drinks & Networking