Los Angeles, CA (July 19, 2022) – The third version of Filmocracy Fest introduced a robust lineup of options and shorts competing for high prizes, each in particular person and on-line, together with the Better of the Fest class, which was obtainable online-only. The Pageant ended with a celebratory Awards Ceremony on July 17. Award Winners embrace:
Finest Narrative Function: 1-800-HOT NITE written and directed by Nick Richey
Finest Documentary Function: HOSTILE written and directed by Sonita Gale
Finest Brief Narrative: THESE HANDS WERE MADE FOR KNOCKIN’ directed by Laura Herring
Finest Brief Documentary: ELSA directed by Cameron Mitchell
Finest Pupil Movie: HAIR, TIE, EGG, HOMEWORK, BOOKS by Lu Runxiao
Viewers Award – Narrative Function: BUCK ALAMO written and directed by Ben Epstein
Viewers Award – Documentary Function: ART AND KRIMES BY KRIMES by Alysa Nahmias
Viewers Award – Brief: GROUNDED directed by Jesse Richards
Inspiration Award: THE HUMAN TRIAL directed by Lisa Hepner and Man Mossman
The Pageant additionally introduced the second version of its Movie Market, a curated atmosphere for impartial filmmakers to come back collectively and join with business leaders. This distinctive occasion streamlines the movie acquisition course of, eradicating intermediaries and permitting expertise to current their work on to executives. In its profitable first version, movies had been acquired and dropped at Cannes for gross sales alternatives and distribution offers.
“I participated within the first Filmocracy digital market and located it to be so productive and pleasant that I didn’t hesitate to take part within the subsequent one (and extra ongoing sooner or later),” recollects Archstone Leisure’s Jack Sheehan. “Not solely was I impressed by the tech and the convenience, efficacy, and intuitiveness of the platform, it appeared to move nearly effortlessly. I used to be fortunate sufficient to search out a number of initiatives I preferred, one among which I really closed a deal on and dropped at the bodily Cannes competition a month later, and we’re closing a large number of offers, to each our and the filmmaker’s delight. I feel this platform is high of the competitors of digital markets and shall be a mainstay for years to come back. Selfishly I hope not too a lot of my rivals discover out about it!”
The variety of taking part patrons, gross sales brokers, and distribution corporations grew considerably for the reason that final occasion. The sturdy listing of individuals for the second version included a number of the largest world movie corporations: Sundance, Endeavor Content material, Blue Fox, 13 Movie, XYZ Movies, The Trade, Radiant Movies Worldwide, and Periphery, amongst many others. Among the movies up on the market included Steve Balderson’s ALCHEMY OF THE SPIRIT, Nicholas deKay’s THE ARK OF LILBURN, Austin Chapman’s LACRIMOSA, Christine Yoo’s 26.2 TO LIFE: THE SAN QUENTIN PRISON MARATHON, and Katie O’Regan’s GOOD MORNING MISS AMERICA. Amidst movies picked up by top-name corporations are Daniel Diosdad’s THE NOMAD (for worldwide gross sales by Archstone Leisure) and Juan P. Reyes’ SAMLAND (for South Korean rights by Strana Media), with negotiations ongoing for a lot of extra initiatives.
Liquid Media Group’s Co-Founder and Interim CEO Joshua Jackson shares, “Liquid Media may be very proud to be, for the second time, presenting sponsors of Filmocracy Fest. It’s core to what we do to have the ability to assist rising storytellers, rising voices, within our group. I’ve all the time felt very proud and really fortunate to be a part of this huge, wild, humorous, loopy—typically tough—world group of storytellers, whether or not in entrance of the digicam or behind it. Filmocracy Fest exists to uplift the group, to make it simpler for us to search out one another and our audiences, and the addition of the market is an incredible new instrument for filmmakers. We couldn’t be happier to assist this and sit up for seeing you on the subsequent one.”
Movie Market attendees paid a nominal price of $100, with a VIP choice obtainable for $500 that allowed passholders to skip queues. The in-person portion of the occasion kicked off with a cocktail occasion, adopted by preliminary conferences at LA Gondola. The next day, filmmakers had 4 minutes to rapid-fire pitch their movies to their most well-liked media companions, both in particular person or digitally. Attendees had been additionally invited to Opening Evening of Filmocacy Fest to have fun their cinematic achievements.
“I had a good time attending the Filmocracy Movie Market,” says Los Angeles-based author/director/producer Debbie Peiser. “Filmocracy created an incredible digital expertise from begin to end. I liked that they despatched a brochure of which distributors can be attending so I may analysis and put together earlier than my conferences. It was so enjoyable to sit down within the digital ready room with different filmmakers. I used to be so impressed by the location design and I’d undoubtedly attend once more!”
The Filmocracy Fest Movie Market has established itself, in a really quick time, as a vibrant and extremely sought-after market for the invention of movies and filmmaking expertise by high title producers, distributors, and manufacturing corporations. Filmocracy’s CEO Paul Jun concludes, “Our Movie Market is filling an essential want within the business by placing filmmakers face-to-face with decisionmakers. By means of our digital platform we’re in a position to foster business relationships for filmmakers who lack knowledgeable community.”
Filmocracy is a movie and competition streaming platform that hosts over 100 movie festivals annually and has a continuously evolving and rotating library of greater than 3,500 streaming titles. Customers are rewarded with digital popcorn for watching and ranking movies, which might be spent of their store to earn film tickets, redeem reward playing cards, or attend digital movie festivals hosted from around the globe. Filmocracy brings collectively a strong mixture of applied sciences to boost the digital cinema and convention expertise for filmmakers, business professionals, and audiences around the globe. Filmocracy’s mission is to assist all impartial filmmakers attain wider audiences and develop their communities by means of storytelling. Pageant Co-Founder Paul Jun serves as CEO of Filmocracy. In December 2020, Filmocracy staged the First Annual Filmocracy Fest, an all-digital juried movie competition presenting a slate of 44 movies; panels; mentorship program; stay performances; script readings; cause-related companions; and dozens of digital conversations with administrators and business expertise. Jon Fitzgerald serves as Government Director.
*Press launch courtesy of Henry Eshelman, Platform Media Group