Indie producer Jason Blum, panelist at the Tribeca Film Institute’s Future of Film Lunch Series

One of the few facts we can rely on is that things change. And in this age of increasingly advanced technology, it can feel that change is coming at a rate impossible to keep up with, especially when it comes to the world of making movies. New media, transmedia, interactive storytelling… there’s always something new going on, but if you’re a forward-looking indie moviemaker who wants to take advantage of the Next Big Thing, the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) has your back.

TFI has announced that this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, taking place in lower Manhattan from April 18-29, will play host to two events with the future of movies in mind: The Tribeca Film Institute’s Interactive Day (an all-day conference taking place on Monday, April 23rd) and the Future of Film Lunch Series (April 23rd through Thursday, April 26th), the latter an expansion of Tribeca’s long-standing Future of Film blog (

“In a world where the lines between audience and creator are increasingly blurred, every sector of the communications industry is undergoing somewhat of an identity crisis. As the only formalized funder of independent, non-fiction transmedia in the US, we are excited to welcome the brightest thinkers and doers from across the spectrum to help us differentiate the substance from the hype,” says TFI executive director Beth Janson.

At the TFI Interactive Day, experts and luminaries from the worlds of media, entertainment, education and technology will provide their insight on everything from how modern-day consumers take in information to the best way to get funding for interactive media projects. The Future of Film Lunch Series, meanwhile, will bring panelists like Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum; Elisabeth Holm, director of Kickstarter’s film program; Vimeo and CollegeHumor co-founder Ricky Van Veen and indie producer Ted Hope (Adventureland, American Splendor, Happiness) to participate in a variety of talks designed to foster dialogue on the future of film as dynamic as the industry itself. For those who can’t make it to Tribeca, video highlights of the Lunch Series will be posted daily at throughout the festival.

A complete list of panels—and information on attending—can be found at