Articles Tagged Film Festivals

Honolulu, Hawaii

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Hawaii International Film Festival The twenty-two-year-old Hawaii Inter-national Film Festival (HIFF) is an ambitious statewide event that screens films and demonstrates the spirit of Aloha, the spirit of inclusion. The festival features 200 films over ten days at a wide variety of venues, from a beach to a symphony hall, on a total of five… Read more »

Film Festivals: Arte

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Since its first broadcast in 1992, Arte has become the most innovative television programmer in Europe. Its attraction is due to a creative programming philosophy unhampered by commercial considerations. Apparently simple issues are presented in depth from original perspectives and, conversely, complex matters are made comprehensible without undue simplification. Arte funding is one of the… Read more »

Point of No Return: On-line Film Festivals, Showcases & Distributors

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The Bit Screen www.thebitscreen.com Launched: July 1998 Plug-ins required: RealPlayer Audience (per month): 100,000 page views, download totals unavailable. Contact: Druid Media, Box 343, Narberth, PA 19072; (610) 664-6945; info@druidmedia .com "It’s really not about distributing films over the Internet," says Bit Screen creator Nora Barry. "To me, it’s a completely new art form." On-line… Read more »

Film Festivals: Pitch TV

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“It’s a home for people within the industry to view interesting work,” explains Linda Walsh, describing Pitch TV, a new site which debuted this fall. Launched by the folks behind PITCH, the New York City-based animation and commercial company, Pitch TV is a way to showcase their work and that of media artists. “One of… Read more »

Film Festivals: On2.com

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“We are basically creating an environment where a user can build their own television show,” explains On2.com’s Joel Roodman. A former executive at Miramax who also headed Gotham Entertainment, Roodman states, “Everybody believes that broadband is the future; [our] sole focus is on the broadband consumer.” On2.com is starting with content about movies, including film… Read more »

Film Festivals: Always Independent Films

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“We accept all formats,” explained Always Independent Films (AIF) president Gary Zeidenstein. “We do have a screening process, [but] as long as it’s not the backyard homemade movie, we’re going to post it on the site.” In its first few months AIF received some 300 entries and about 50 were rejected. Based in Ohio, AIF… Read more »

Film Festivals: AtomFilms

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“Shorts are cool and we want to make them a viable part of the entertainment spectrum,” says Mika Salmi, founder and CEO of AtomFilms.com To that end, AtomFilms is not only webcasting shorts, but acting as a sales agent and making deals with airlines, cable networks, and other websites for the few hundred short films… Read more »

Film Festivals: iFilm Network

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“If the consumer thinks ‘films’, we want them to come to iFilm as their first point of entry,” says iFilm founder Rodger Raderman. “We see ourselves as the portal, the first stop on the web for all things film-related.” With that goal in mind, Raderman is taking the industry by storm. This summer he poached… Read more »

Film Festivals: The Bit Screen

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“It’s really not about distributing films over the Internet,” says Bit Screen creator Nora Barry. “To me, it’s a completely new art form.” On-line in the summer of 1998, more than six months before other Internet distributors, The Bit Screen got a big shot in the arm after a New York Times profile last January…. Read more »

Mark Borchardt: The (Other) Indie Prototype

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During the Q&A after the first screening of American Movie at Sundance, director Chris Smith hailed his subject Mark Borchardt as "the ideal independent filmmaker"–which, in many ways, he is. For one thing, it was Borchardt’s incomparable DIY persistence (rather than Smith’s reputation) that allowed his 40-minute, $13,000 horror flick Coven to earn a coveted… Read more »