AmericaFree.TV Announces Second Annual Virtual Film Festival

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AmericaFree.TV's Festival Will Share Indy Feature-Length Films Online For Community Viewing and Awards

"Every part of the movie industry is being reworked in the digital revolution, and now it is the turn of the Film Festival" - AmericaFree.TV CEO Marshall Eubanks.

AmericaFree.TV LLC (AFTV), http://www.americafree.tv, the leading free Television and Movie broadcaster on the Internet, today announces the opening of its second online virtual film festival with a call for submissions from filmmakers of all genres. The festival, one of the first purely virtual film fests, will honor films with awards, exposure to the AmericaFree.TV audience, and a $2,000 grand prize.

AmericaFree.TV will present the Grand Prize winner with a physical screening in Los Angeles to meet Academy Award Nominating rules on venue. Expert judges will select 10 finalists, which will be featured on the website http://www.americafree.tv as they are accepted.

In addition, AFTV viewers (currently 8 million + per year) will help to determine the best Indy films. AFTV will bestow a “People’s Choice” award based on viewership, and “Best of Genre” awards in key contest categories. During the festival, audience members will also be able to comment on the films using AFTV’s live chat feature.

Jeffrey Porro, PhD, vice president of Content Acquisition for AFTV and previously story developer of “The Great Debaters,” an award-winning film produced by Oprah Winfrey and starring Denzel Washington. He believes the contest will increase AFTV viewership and provide great films with exposure. “We have studios like Echelon Films and Goliath, great distribution partners, fantastic judges, and millions of viewers waiting to discover new indie movies,” said Porro. “We have had movies picked-up for distribution based our exposure and our loyal AFTV viewership.”

Judges for the online film festival include leaders from the UCLA film school, Crispin, Porter + Bogusky Advertising Agency, Hollywood screenwriters, New York TV and music industry execs.

Filmmakers may submit their entries through Without A Box service http://www.withoutabox.com or to http://www.virtualmoviefestival.com with deadlines as follows:

  • Early submission deadline by October 15, 2010 - $ 35 / app fee
  • Regular submission deadline by November 15, 2010 - $ 50 / app fee
  • Late submission deadline by December 15, 2010 - $ 75 / app fee

Awards: Saturday, April 9, 2011 in New York City.

"Every part of the movie industry is being reworked in the digital revolution, and now it is the turn of the Film Festival," said AFTV CEO Marshall Eubanks. People don't realize the large carbon footprint of existing film festivals - the AmericaFree.TV Virtual Film Festival will be an excellent, green, and cost-effective way to connect distributors with up-and-coming Indy filmmakers. Plus, film lovers, purchasers and distributors will be able to find excellent content without traveling all over the country."

To submit a film for the AmericaFree.TV Virtual Film Festival, please visit Without A Box at https://www.withoutabox.com/login/7444 or contact Ryan Fischer, Virtual Film Fest Producer at Ryan.Ficher@americafree.tv, For more information about the Festival, see http://www.virtualmoviefestival.com/.

AmericaFree.TV will accept feature-length films (45 to 150 minutes long) of any genre – but will not accept pornographic films. Application fees cannot be refunded.

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