Metacafe and Microcinema International Launch MetaFest 2008
Juried Online-Offline Film Festival Presenting the Best in International
Creative and Contemporary Short-Form Video Entertainment
http://www.metacafe.com/metafest for call for entries and information
Grand Jury Prize - US$5,000 cash and more
Short-Short Award for outstanding work in a video of 3 minutes or less:$2,000 cash and more
Online Audience-Choice Award, as selected by Metacafe.com viewers:$1,000 cash and more Offline Audience-Choice Award, as selected by attendees of the San Francisco theatrical
screening: .$1,000 cash and more
Honorarium Pool: .The creator of each film selected for the MetaFest offline program will receive a cash honorarium of $50 presented by Microcinema International.
Producer Rewards Earnings:
All filmmakers whose MetaFest submissions meet the eligibility criteria for the Metacafe Producer RewardsR program are invited to submit their work to the program. Those accepted will be paid for their work at the rate of $5/1,000 views, receiving the first payment after the video is viewed 20,000 times.
Palo Alto, CA - July 12, 2008 - MetacafeR whose nearly 30 million unique viewers each month make it one of the world's largest video entertainment sites, and Microcinema International a leading international rights manager, exhibitor and specialty markets distributor of the "moving image arts," are teaming to create and curate MetaFest 2008. MetaFest is a juried online and offline film festival presenting the best in international creative and contemporary short-form video entertainment.
The MetaFest call for entries, which opens today, invites short video, film and digital media submissions of 10 minutes or less that are narrative, humorous, artistic, dramatic, animated, documentary, mockumentary, music, experimental, alternative or avant-garde in any genre, format or style. Films that demonstrate engaging storytelling, innovative presentation, creative expression, and bridge the worlds of online and offline entertainment in a unique and compelling way are preferred. Additional details are available at www.metacafe.com/metafest, where films can be uploaded for consideration through September 3rd, 2008.
The MetaFest jury includes Hillman Curtis, a filmmaker, designer and author whose books include "Creating Short Films for the Web," and Glenn R. Phillips, who is senior project specialist and consulting curator of contemporary programs for the Getty Research Institute and recently curated the "California Video" exhibition.
"Short-form video is a rapidly emerging entertainment genre, and content creators - independent filmmakers to boutique production firms and major media companies - are beginning to make highly entertaining, innovative works well-suited to the online medium," said Mark Poggi, senior manager of content marketing for Metacafe. "We expect MetaFest to showcase some truly original short films that tell great stories, feature quality production values and use technology creatively.
MetaFest combines the best of the interactive online video-viewing experience with the best of the live-audience offline film festival experience. Selected films will have a theatrical premiere in San Francisco in October 2008, will be showcased on Metacafe.com for six months, and be screened at dozens of "microcinema" events across the U.S. and around the world through the first half of 2009.
"This is an exciting time to be a filmmaker, as the Internet has opened up a much greater distribution opportunity for short films and helped foster a large and growing audience seeking out and enjoying this content," said Patrick Kwiatkowski, co-founder and CEO of Microcinema International. "MetaFest is designed to help talented creators gain additional exposure and build their fanbase worldwide by combining the best of both the online and offline worlds."
The jury will select a grand prize winner who will be awarded $5,000 cash and a "short-short" award winner for outstanding work in a video of three minutes or less who will receive $2,000 cash. Two audience-choice award winners - one selected at the theatrical premiere and one selected by Metacafe viewers - will receive $1,000 each as well as DVD selections worth $250 from the Microcinema DVD catalog. All award winners will be prominently featured on the Metacafe home page for 10 days and receive additional exposure through marketing and publicity efforts. Additionally, the creator of each film selected for the MetaFest offline program will receive a cash honorarium of $50. Creators of MetaFest entries that meet the program requirements for the Metacafe Producer RewardsR program are eligible to be paid for their work at the rate of $5 per 1,000 views.
MetaFest sponsorships are currently being developed with leading brands interested in leveraging short-form video and social media to build awareness and engagement with a targeted audience of filmmakers and entertainment enthusiasts.
About Metacafe Producer Rewards
The Metacafe Producer RewardsR program celebrates the creativity of our community of video creators and supports the art of making short videos well-suited to the web. Videos submitted to the program should entertain, amaze and inspire viewers by bringing an original idea to life and telling a story that captures viewers' attention and engages the imagination.
The Producer RewardsR program has paid over $1 million to video producers for creating and submitting exceptional and entertaining original works. We pay $5 per 1,000 views - you receive your first payment for $100 after crossing the 20,000 views mark and being accepted into the program. Any creator of an original video that meets the program requirements may submit it for consideration.
With nearly 30 million unique viewers each month, MetacafeR is one of the world's largest video entertainment sites. We specialize in short-form original content - from new, emerging talents and established Hollywood heavyweights alike. Metacafe delivers an exceptional entertainment experience by engaging and empowering our audience every step of the way. Our VideoRankT technology helps expose the most entertaining content, and our Producer RewardsR program rewards video creators for their best work - all as determined by viewer response. The privately held company is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., and has offices in Tel Aviv, New York City and Los Angeles. For more information - and hundreds of thousands of entertaining videos - visit www.metacafe.com.
About Microcinema International
Founded in 1996, Microcinema International is a leading international rights manager, exhibitor, and specialty markets distributor of the "moving image arts." Microcinema International specializes in the acquisition, exhibition, and distribution of independently produced works of an artistic and socially-relevant nature. Our mission is to seek out, curate, exhibit, promote, and distribute compelling works to a broad audience via existing and emerging mediums. This mission is realized through exhibition-based events, web-based platforms, educational outreach, modern marketing techniques, and digital and physical distribution. More information is available at www.microcinema.com.
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For Microcinema International
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