What makes a film independent these days? Definitions and categories have certainly become more blurry. Some assert that independent films are simply produced by companies outside of the studio system. But studios have adjusted their role and can play massive parts in the distribution, marketing, and financing of projects that technically were produced outside of their offices. The Independent Spirit Awards qualify films that have a budget cap of $20 million.
"Indie films: I think the definition has been blurred a bit," [David Lancaster] said... "Define the rules and stick to them. I know it may not be good for the [IFC] broadcast and big stars won't be there, but it's great stories we should be selling and telling people about.
"I think that in order to distinguish ourselves going forward we to need to press that issue and make people understand that these movies have equally as strong stories to tell," he continued. "I think it's an exciting time for storytelling. This is an opportunity for people to recognize that a little film can stand up next to the big ones and get recognized and capture their attention."