Thank you for your piece on this year's ITVFest. WIth our heads down working hard everyday to put it together, it's always helpful to see how the festival is being perceived by the "outside world". Your piece seems to have a feeling of uncertainty and mystery about what exactly is happening this year, and there's good reason for that - we haven't released all of the details yet. We're still waiting for the final logistical pieces to fall in to place.
The part of your piece that I found the most interesting was how ITVFest mentions artists that have moved into "the homogenizing world of TV" on our success page. I'm happy you picked up on this point as it's one of the most interesting aspects about building ITVFest.
On the one hand, the artists want to know that ITVFest gives them the freedom to explore their creative limits by not shying away from new, edgy, indie ideas. Yet on the other hand, the artists want to know that ITVFest gives them a pathway to get industry jobs that can pay their rent and feed their families. This tension between the freedom of the "indie" world and the need to pay bills in the "homogenized" world isn't lost on us - in fact, we find it one of the most fascinating pieces about ITVFest.
Furthermore, the success of ITVFest depends largely on the part of the general public showing up to see the artists' work on screen and a large section of the public likes to be reassured that ITVFest has industry backing from networks and people they've heard of before. Again - it's all a balancing act.
Also, you hit the nail on the head with your comment about media giants/web-based filmmaking yet to be settled. That is in fact the central theme of most of our panel discussions this year. We're as fascinated by the transition that's happening on that side of the industry as you are.
There are many other interesting parts about what you wrote (the circus piece, the location, etc.) and I'd be happy to talk about each of them with you. Feel free to reach out anytime. My email is email@example.com.
Have a good day!
Philip Gilpin, Jr.