Film Festivals: The Next Generation
Film festivals are starting to expand their audiences by offering a digital version of their programming on the Interwebs. Smart, right? We take care of the technical part, so even if they can’t be at the festival in real life, people can attend digitally, in full HD.
For the past two years, we’ve partnered with Kickstarter to make excerpts of their Film Festival available to anyone, for free, all summer. On a smaller scale, we worked with a doc about Roger Ebert called Life, Itself. It premiered at Sundance Film Festival, and simultaneously streamed to Indiegogo backers "live" via VHX.
Another option: Make it ALL available! The DC Shorts Film Festival is a huge short film event taking place this month — they’ve made a special arrangement with the filmmakers to make over 100 of the featured films available online. 100 titles from the festival catalog streaming for $35. It’s awesome for absentee attendees, and for festival ticket holders who want to watch a few selections from the comfort of their own couch.
Hats off to festival organizers and creators with work in the festival circuit for thinking outside the box office. Check out The DC Shorts program here.
How many dogs are YOU today?
We had all the blasts at XOXO Festival this weekend in Portland. Organizers Andy & Andy put a lot of attention and care into making the conference and general atmosphere one that celebrates creators. Not so much in a TED talk “inspire the masses” kind of way, but in that very engaging, personal, hard-to-reproduce, real conversations kind of way.
We sweated, we listened a lot. We showed a sneak peek from a little side project called Star Wars Uncut. We loved:
Check out the XOXO site for the full lineup - so many awesome people to know!
GIANT CREATIVE GROUP HUG
Kung Fury’s Crowdfunding Doesn’t End with Kickstarter
Action comedy KUNG FURY is keeping the crowdfunding love alive by giving new fans the chance to buy in to the same rewards as their $5-level Kickstarter campaign backers.
At the beginning of this year, they tripled their goal and raised over $630,000 from more than 17,000 fans. Now, thanks to their VHX site and the private Updates feature, newcomers can get in on private backer perks including the Production Diary for a contribution of five bucks.
It’s an awesome way to let new fans show their support — and to continue raising money for the project — after their Kickstarter has come and gone.
VHX Website Themes in Action
If you want to sell video from your own website but you don’t have a website yet, we’ve got you covered (for free). Our website theme editor has a pile of super-customizable themes, all designed specifically for selling premium video. Look! Here’s one. It’s a free theme called BEFORE OBLIVION. Very existential, right? Let’s see how a couple publishers have made it their own:
Hello geometry! This theme has clean lines and puts the buttons for playing the trailer & purchasing front and center. Gamer doc i49 - TF2 Fragumentary uses the left side navigation to show the synopsis, director’s bio, blog and Twitter feeds, so fans can connect with the creators right away.
Apocalypse According to Doris uses a rotating carousel of background stills to give you a taste of the feature film when you land on their site. The creators give viewers several purchase options, showing off different packages and great bonus content.
VICE Films has captured ’90s skateboarding in all its rail-grinding, blood-spitting, meteoric-rise-and-fall glory: All This Mayhem. Legendary skaters Tas & Ben Pappas blew into the US and quickly became competition powerhouses, living a crazy lifestyle that eventually caught up with them — All This Mayhem is really a story about their intense bond as brothers.
Fans of skating, mayhem, everything in between can buy the film directly from the publishers on their website.
Internet Slowdown throwdown
We’re joining Etsy, Kickstarter, Reddit, and other Internet companies large and small for Internet Slowdown Day this Wednesday, September 10.
Video lovers and video makers have a big stake in the battle for net neutrality. (More info on what exactly that means here.) But new rules and regulations on who gets to use the Internet at full power and who doesn’t will affect all of us. Protect the free and open Internet you know and love: Do what YOU can to rally for net neutrality. The last day for public comment to the FCC is next Monday, Sept. 15!
Amy Goodman talks net neutrality as the “Internet Slowdown” approaches, quotes Jamie’s concern for small businesses like VHX.
VHX is a small, New York-based video-streaming startup company. VHX’s CEO, Jamie Wilkinson, expressed his concern, writing on the VHX blog: “The companies with which we compete—Apple, Amazon, Google, the cable companies themselves—can afford to pay for a ‘fast lane’ … We do not have that luxury.” VHX will “live or die” he wrote, based on the strength of net neutrality rules.