The Future of Cinema – Storytelling Through Episodes
The Future of Cinema Forum brings together filmmakers and commissioners to address some of the latest developments and varying forms of storytelling.
The rapid rise of Video-On-Demand and subscription-based platforms has changed the ways in which audiences consume content. Whether audiences are binge-watching complete seasons or engaging in weekly fan discussions of on-going series, episodic content has become central to the modern viewing experience. In light of this trend: writers, filmmakers and showrunners must find innovative ways to build and maintain audience attention and loyalty. In this panel, distinguished guests will be sharing experiences of their transition from feature films to episodic narrative, and what deviations and reinventions this offers to the process of storytelling.
Anurag Kashyap, Ler Jiyuan, Erika North, Ekachai Uekrongtham, Tanya Yuson
Anurag Kashyap is an Indian film director, writer, producer, editor and actor. He is known for his two-part crime drama, Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), and his producing credits like The Lunchbox (2013), which earned him a BAFTA Award. He co-directed India’s first Netflix Originals series, the crime thriller Sacred Games, based on Vikram Chandra’s novel of the same name.
Ler Jiyuan is a Singaporean filmmaker experienced in telling stories across multiple formats. His diverse portfolio includes brand videos, commercials, TV dramas, telemovies, music videos and short films. He is currently showrunning HBO Asia’s drama series Invisible Stories.
Erika North oversees Netflix’s content development from companies and independent producers. Before joining Netflix, Erika was Head of HBO Asia’s Programming and Production Strategies where she oversaw the creation of drama series such as The Teenage Psychic and Halfworlds.
Ekachai Uekrongtham is a Thai writer-director, known for Beautiful Boxer (2004),Pleasure Factory (2007) and Skin Trade (2014). He helmed HBO’s Halfworlds 2 and Bangkok Love Stories, currently streaming globally on Netflix.
Tanya Yuson is a founding partner and Chief Creative Development Officer of BASE Entertainment, a studio that develops, finances, produces and distributes content including an animated series for Netflix that is based on a Philippine graphic novel.
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