"Futurestates," the series of online digital shorts from ITVS (Independent Television Service) returns for its fifth and final season next Wednesday, May 14. The eight new sci-fi stories take place in one immersive futuristic story world.

The narrative will begin on Twitter at @FuturestatesTV, where the enigmatic Dr. Evelyn Malik has traveled back in time with a message: she wants you to help her change the future. This year's series of eight stories debuts online to stream for free only at futurestates.tv.
"This isn't just a reboot of FUTURESTATES, but a reboot of the entire web series genre," said Series Producer Karim Ahmad, also the Senior Digital Content Strategist at ITVS. "I've long felt that the new opportunity with web series is to really unleash the user experience potential of the web to tell a nonlinear story in serialized form that is guided by the user. Our upcoming and final season of the FUTURESTATES series does exactly that."

Ahmad said that the short films are "independent, yet interconnected.  And the storyworld design is immersive and mysterious – a puzzle for you to explore, filled with supplementary videos to help flesh out the nature of this futuristic world and offer clues as to how it came about. And even though the series is in its final season, this is just the beginning for ITVS. Hot on the heels of FUTURESTATES, we're launching the ITVS Storylab, a one-of-a-kind cross-media web series incubator for independent content creators to develop similar series concepts along a myriad of different themes and genres."
To find out more about the ITVS Storylab visit: http://beyondthebox.org/hacking-story-at-itvs/.
The series concept for FUTURESTATES was conceived by ITVS, with the new interactive site designed and developed by Murmur, the New York-based digital studio, and features films by Tanuj Chopra, Nisha Ganatra, Tina Mabry, Trevin Matcek, Greg Pak, Alex Rivera, and Aldo Velasco. 

To mark the launch of the new season of "Futurestates," next Wednesday, Indiewire will publish an article by Ahmad about why filmmakers should build their own storyworlds.

Take a look at the season trailer below: