Dailymotion and Raindance Launch the 'Short Circuit' Film Competition to be Awarded by Michael Winterbottom

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Aspiring film directors being given the opportunity to have their films showcased at the Raindance Festival, as well as on Dailymotion and Raindance.tv

Dailymotion, the world's largest independent video sharing site, is partnering with Raindance.tv and the Raindance Film Festival to launch a new short film competition: Short Circuit.

Michael Winterbottom, the prolific award winning director of "Mighty Heart," "In This World," "Welcome to Sarajevo," "Wonderland," "Nine Songs" and "24 Hour Party People," is to serve as Jury President of the competition. The winner will go to the Cannes Film Festival next year, and see their film showcased at this year's Raindance Festival, as well as on Dailymotion and Raindance.tv.

The new competition -- which officially opens today and whose winner will be presented with his prize by Winterbottom at the Raindance Festival in London on October 8th -- is inviting aspiring filmmakers to present films running no more than 60 seconds each. The deadline for submissions is September 23, 2008.

The Raindance Film Festival runs for 12 days and nights, from October 1st to 12th, showcasing a diverse selection of short films, documentaries and fiction features as well as galas, master classes, live music and networking parties. Through the competition, Dailymotion and Raindance.tv are seeking to stimulate and celebrate new work from filmmakers from the widest possible spectrum, including newcomers and outsiders and to encourage them to create and upload video content to their services.

The judging panel will shortlist ten films to be screened at the Raindance Film Festival in October. Ten directors will receive a pass to the Raindance Film Festival 2008 and a 12-month membership for Raindance.tv. Two runners up will receive Raindance training certificates with a value of approximately $900. The best short film director will win a one-week trip for two people to the Cannes Film Festival 2009, including accreditation, accommodation, flights and access to any Raindance and Dailymotion events.

Michael Winterbottom comments, "This competition seeks to find and reward the best international creative talent. Telling your story in just 60 seconds requires great skill and creativity, but that single moment could be a major turning point in your filmmaking career. I look forward to heading up the jury for such an exciting competition and watching the entries."

Joy Marcus, general manager of Dailymotion, US adds, "Our partnership with Raindance is a continuation of our commitment to encouraging and supporting independent filmmakers. Working with Raindance increases our access to the filmmaking community, with the Short Circuit Award taking our collaboration to the next level. The involvement of Michael Winterbottom, one of the industry's hottest directing talents, is a ringing endorsement of what the Motionmaker program has been designed to achieve."

Andre Burgess, CEO of Raindance.tv, the new IPTV and networked community service for filmmakers and film fans alike, adds, "Working with Dailymotion on this new competition initiative represents a significant opportunity for emerging film making talent. They are a strong supporter of grass roots film makers and we hope to discover some original and innovative material."

The competition forms a key part of the Raindance Film Festival, which was founded by independent film producer Elliot Grove in 1993. Motionmakers, Raindance members and independent film makers are also invited to attend a 99 Minute Film School for aspirant filmmakers on September 9th at Professor Thoms', located at 219 2nd Avenue (between 13th and 14th Streets) in New York. Elliot Grove will attempt to explain the basics of shooting a film and launching your career in just 99 minutes; the lecture will be filmed and promoted on Dailymotion.com and Raindance.tv

Elliot Grove, Founder of Raindance, adds, "This is first, both for Raindance and the independent film community as we take the festival into the digital age. The partnership between Raindance and Dailymotion is exciting for us as we have long considered Dailymotion to be the best site out there for creative content. What better way to get your films seen and noticed by a global audience?"

Dailymotion offers a curated mix of Official Content from partners such as Raindance.tv, ITN ON, Channel 4, Turner Broadcasting, Viacom/MTV Networks and Universal Music, as well as user-generated content and content from the Motionmakers program for creative contributors. Launched in 2005, the site has 37 million unique users per month worldwide and 15,000 videos are uploaded each day.

About Dailymotion:
A top 50 website worldwide, Dailymotion is the world's largest independent video entertainment website and the second largest video website overall (source: comScore, June 2008). Every day, over 15,000 new videos are uploaded into Dailymotion's global network of localized video entertainment sites. In June 2008, 38.8 million unique users streamed over 855 million videos including curated content from premium and Motionmaker creative contributors (source: comScore, June 2008. Using the most advanced technology for both users and content creators, Dailymotion provides high-quality and HD video in a fast, easy-to-use website that also automatically filters infringing material. Dailymotion's mission is to provide the best possible entertainment experience for users and the best marketing opportunities for advertisers, while respecting content protection. For more information, please visit http://www.dailymotion.com.

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About Raindance.tv:
Tied in to two of the autumn season's most popular and well-established fixtures (The Raindance Film Festival in October, and the British Independent Film Awards in November), raindance.tv plc brings together several key online offerings under one roof: video sharing, networking and resources.

Raindance.tv offers a blend of high-quality, independently-produced, feature and short films via its website http://www.raindance.tv and via other IPTV and mobile networks, enabling users everywhere to watch films from around the world. Raindance.tv is also launching a professional networking service tailored to the global filmmaking community, building on Raindance's already strong base of filmmaker relationships. This offers filmmakers the opportunity to have their work showcased and distributed, as well as the ability to network with and recruit fellow filmmakers across projects; and access into a whole suite of resources to help aspiring filmmakers.

The business first began trading as an aggregator-distributor -- syndicating independent films across third party platforms -- ten months ago. The first phase of the company's own-destination site went live in the early summer, and a public launch of the business is scheduled for October.

Raindance.tv, 38 Langham St, London W1W 7AR
For more information visit http://www.raindance.co.uk or contact:

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Organic Marketing
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Email: alex.rowley @ organic-marketing.co.uk

About Raindance Film Festival:
Raindance is the UK's largest independent film festival, showcasing shorts and features from around the world and specialising in directorial debuts. Distinguishing itself from other festivals with its rock and roll attitude, Raindance runs riot in the West End of London each October.

As well as showing independent films from around the world, it hosts a number of special events, 25 in 12 days last year, including masterclasses, Q&A sessions with industry professionals, its renowned pitching event Live!Ammunition! where you could end up selling your idea to a movie exec, one-off versions of the courses they run year-long, and, of course, parties.

In 1993, its first year, Raindance hosted 22 features and 65 short films, and attracted 1,300 attendees. For closing night they screened What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, starring Johnny Depp and featuring the film debut of a 14-year-old Leonardo Di Caprio.

In the following years Raindance premiered, among others, Pulp Fiction, The Blair Witch Project and Memento. Last year, in 2007, the festival showcased over 90 features and 160 shorts from over 40 countries, and in excess of 10,000 people attended.

Raindance Festivals Ltd 81 Berwick St, London W1F 8TW
For more information visit http://www.raindance.tv or contact:

Alex Rowley
Organic Marketing
Fitzroy House
11 Chenies St
London WC1E 7EY
Tel: 0207 907 1777
Email: alex.rowley @ organic-marketing.co.uk

About Michael Winterbottom:
Michael Winterbottom earned a degree in English at Oxford before studying film at Bristol and London. His work for television includes The Magic Lantern a documentary based on Ingmar Bergman's autobiography, which won the Best Documentary Prize at Valladolid Film Festival, Forget About Me and Under the Sun - shown at the Turin and London Film Festivals, Cracker and Family a four-part BBC serial, written by Roddy Doyle, which was shown at Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals. His first feature was Butterfly Kiss, starring Amanda Plummer and Saskia Reeves, which was selected for Competition at Berlin Film Festival in 1995.

In 1994, Winterbottom, formed Revolution Films with producer Andrew Eaton. Their first production was Go Now, a BAFTA winning television drama which was also selected for Toronto Film Festival. Winterbottom's next film was Jude (1996), an adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel 'Jude the Obscure' starring Christopher Eccleston and Kate Winslet, which was selected for Director's Fortnight at Cannes and which won the Michael Powell award at Edinburgh Film Festival. His next film was Welcome to Sarajevo. Set in the former Yugoslavia it focused on the experiences of ITN journalist Michael Nicholson in war-torn Sarajevo. It was shown in Competition at Cannes (1997) as was Wonderland (1999), which also won Best Film at the British Independent Film Awards. In between he directed I Want You, starring Rachel Weisz, which won a special prize for Cinematography at the Berlin Film Festival. This was followed by the gold rush love story The Claim (2000), shown in competition at Berlin. Next came another collaboration with Frank Cottrell Boyce, 24 Hour Party People, his third film to be selected for Competition at Cannes(2002) . The film charts the Manchester music scene while focusing on the rise and fall of Factory records impresario Tony Wilson.

Next Winterbottom made the BAFTA winning In This World, which follows two young Afghan refugees as they make the perilous journey to London from a refugee camp in Pakistan. It won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 2003. This was followed by the science fiction love story Code 46, which was selected for competition at Venice in 2003. Next came the ground-breaking 9 Songs, which charts a sexual relationship over twelve months. It won the cinematography prize at San Sebastian (2004). A Cock and Bull Story (2005), starring Steve Coogan, was based on Laurence Sterne's 18th Century novel 'Tristram Shandy'. A year later Winterbottom made The Road to Guantanamo (2006). Co-directed with Mat Whitecross, the film traces the story of the incarceration of the 'Tipton Three' in Guantanamo. It won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival (2006) for Best Directing. A Mighty Heart, staring Angelina Jolie, was based on the memoirs of Marianne Pearl, whose husband Daniel was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan, while reporting for there for the Wall Street Journal. It was premiered out of competition at Cannes 2007.

Winterbottom's most recent film Genova (2008), starring Colin Firth, tells the story of a father and his two daughters trying to come to terms with the tragic loss of their mother. It has been selected for the London and San Sebastian Film Festivals, as well as the Toronto Film Festival, where it will be premiered in September.

Along side this, Winterbottom has been working on Seven Days, which will be filmed in parts over five years. Based around the lives of an imprisoned man and his family, the film will star John Simm and Shirley Henderson.

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