Marking its 10th festival, Seattle True Independent Film Festival (STIFF) has announced its intention to move into the future as Seattle Transmedia Independent Film Festival in 2015. In addition to its customary selection of diverse and distinguished short and feature-length independent films from around the world, STIFF 2015 will exhibit web series, video game concepts, storytelling apps for mobile phone and tablet, and social media narratives.
“Up to now, transmedia and interactive gatherings have been conferences, seminars,” says STIFF director of programming Will Chase. “The time has come to put these works on display in their many forms.” Acknowledging the logistical challenges of this goal, Chase nevertheless hopes STIFF will become a destination both for creators and consumers of interactive and transmedia narrative.
“Transmedia is part of the future of independent filmmaking,” Chase continues, “allowing filmmakers to build an audience, telling their stories across one medium and then another as the audience grows and changes.” STIFF programming will serve as curators of this wide-ranging category, bringing the best of transmedia each year to seasoned fans and neophytes alike.
Passes for STIFF 2014—the 10th and final iteration of Seattle True Independent Film Festival—are on sale now here. The festival runs May 2-10 in the University District of Seattle.