Mar 082011

Some cool hollywood film images:

Birds As Decor
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The Great Bettie from my Film Strips Studies

Santa Monica Pier
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The Santa Monica pier is another favorite location for Hollywood’s film makers.
Films shot here include Cellular, The Sting, Not Another Teen Movie, Forrest Gump, Three’s Company, NCIS, The L Word, Species, Fletch, The Entity, and Moonlight, just to name a few.

Cellular
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The Santa Monica pier is another favorite location for Hollywood’s film makers.
The movie "Cellular" (top) was shot in part at this area of the pier.
Other films shot here include The Sting, Not Another Teen Movie, Forrest Gump, Three’s Company, NCIS, The L Word, Species, Fletch, The Entity, and Moonlight, just to name a few.

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Mar 062011

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 28, 2007

Film Movement (www.FilmMovement.com), U.S. film distributor for award-winning, independent and foreign films, is offering 3 and 6 month Gift Subscription Packages, with the option of adding on ‘bonus films’ and specialty film “DVD Packs,” that bring selected award-winning films from different categories right to the doors of your friends and loved ones this holiday season.

The Subscription Packages are 3 or 6 months long. Each package provides 2 DVD a month, 1 feature-length film and 1 short film.

With award-winning films from around the world, a Film Movement subscription is like having an entire film festival delivered to your door. Also, there is the option of adding on 3 or 6 “bonus films.”

In addition, Film Movement introduces DVD Packs for both subscribers & non-subscribers. With the DVD Packs, film lovers will receive a set of 3 award-winning films from the following categories: Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Spiritual, Documentary, Celebrity, Spanish-language, French-language, Italian-language, Asian and English language.

Choose from the following DVD Packs, just $ 29.95 for subscribers and $ 39.95 for non-subscribers. Synopses of all films can be found at www.FilmMovement.com.

Sundance Film Festival DVD Pack (All films won awards at the Sundance Film Festival):

Ali Zaoua

Manito

Monster Thursday

Cannes Film Festival DVD Pack (All films won awards at the Cannes Film Festival):

Who’s Camus Anyway?

Raja

Road to Koktobel

Spanish-Language DVD Pack:

Carol’s Journey

Viva Cuba

Madeinusa

French-Language DVD Pack:

Hop

Viva Laldjerie

Dreams of Dust

Italian-Language DVD Pack:

Agata & the Storm

Ginger and Cinnamon

Light of My Eyes

English-Language DVD Pack:

A Simple Curve

Morlang

The Rage in Placid Lake

Asian DVD Pack:

A Peck on Cheek

Drifters

Be With Me

Spiritual DVD Pack:

Let the Church Say Amen

Le Grand Voyage

The Island

Films with Celebrities DVD Pack:

‘Wilby Wonderful’ with Sandra Oh

‘The Rage in Placid Lake’ with Ben Lee

‘The Party’s Over’ with Philip Seymour Hoffman

Documentary DVD Pack:

Our Town

The Party’s Over

Let the Church Say Amen

In addition, consumers can also choose from the following Film Movement DVD-of-the-Month Club Subscription Packages:

6 Month Subscription + 6 Bonus Films + DVD Case – $ 119.95

    6 monthly films with free shipping (1 feature length film & 1 short film a month)
    6 Bonus films: Be With Me, Hawaii Oslo, Something Like Happiness, Inch’Allah Dimanche, Campfire, How I Spent the End of the World
    Film Movement 24 DVD Carrying Case
o    6 month subscription without bonus films – $ 67.95

6 Month Subscription + 3 Bonus Films + DVD Case – $ 95.95

    6 monthly films with free shipping (1 feature length film & 1 short film a month)
    3 Bonus films: Be With Me, Hawaii Oslo, Something Like Happiness
    Film Movement 24 DVD Carrying Case

3 Month Subscription + 3 Bonus Films + DVD Case – $ 67.95

    3 monthly films with free shipping (1 feature length film & 1 short film a month)
    3 Bonus films: Be With Me, Hawaii Oslo, Something Like Happiness
    Film Movement 24 DVD Carrying Case
o    3 Month subscription without bonus films – $ 35.95

About Film Movement: Launched in 2003, Film Movement is a full-service North American distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films based in New York City. Film Movement has released more than 100 feature films and shorts from 27 countries on six continents, including top prize winners from Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin, Tribeca and other prestigious festivals. Film Movement releases its films through many different distribution channels including theatrical, non-theatrical, home video, television outlets (such as Sundance Channel, IFC, & Showtime) and can also be seen on In-flight Entertainment on Continental Airlines. For more information, please visit www.filmmovement.com

Media Contact: Loren Pomerantz: (212) 583-0338 /

Company Contact: Meghan Wurtz (212) 941-7744 x 201 /

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Mar 062011

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 14, 2005

Film Genesis (FG) launches it’s “Script-to-Film” Screenwriting Contest via its website, www.FilmGenesis.com. Now, screenwriters as far away as Maine can get a taste of Hollywood… from the director’s chair.

A well-known fact about becoming a filmmaker in Hollywood is that new filmmakers must have a history of making films. These films are their calling cards. They demonstrate the filmmaker’s ability to write, direct and produce quality films. In other words, these films show that the high demands of studio executives will be met.

As more and more aspiring filmmakers embark on the journey of acceptance into Hollywood’s mainstream most ultimately discover that independent filmmaking can be a tremendous challenge. Securing funding to turn ‘indie film’ dreams into a reality can be daunting. Even so-called low-budget films can be terribly expensive. Most new directors turn to short films but they soon discover that film stock costs money; production crews cost money; scripts; film/video equipment costs money and post-production services cost money.

Even if an aspiring filmmaker courageously bites the bullet, sacrifices and eventually completes their own self-funded film they find a new challenge. The new “opponent” to do-it-yourself filmmakers are the powerful, dynamic and visually stimulating films that film school students are turning out. Cinematically, film school students are producing some of the most visually stunning short films. Films that come very close to looking as though they were produced in a studio. Can indie filmmakers stand up to the competition?

Daryl Harkless, founder of Film Genesis, says yes. “The reason why Film Genesis was born is because their was no specific vehicle for the entrepreneurial, rogue, guerilla filmmakers to break through — now there is.” Harkless, is an entrepreneur who enjoys nurturing the creativity of young filmmakers. When the idea for Film Genesis first came to him he immediately surrounded himself with independent filmmakers, screenwriters, and other industry professionals to fine-tune the idea. The result: the Film Genesis Script-to-Film Contest.

Together with Three Nineteen Productions, an independent production company and FloodGate Media, a production services company, Film Genesis opens the doors for tomorrow’s writer’s today. This contest was created specifically, but not exclusively, for aspiring writer/directors. Unlike other screenplay contest, the winner of the Film Genesis does not have his script “passed around.” Instead, the winning writer is presented with the opportunity to direct a short film based on their script. Film Genesis will produce.

Being hired to direct a film that has been professionally produced is the ultimate validity of a filmmaker’s potential. “More important than just making a film is what we do afterwards,” says Harkless. “When the film is complete, Film Genesis looks at all the upcoming film festivals and submits the film. We handle all the expenses on the winning writer’s behalf.”

What does Film Genesis hope to get from their efforts? According to Angelo Bell, writer/director at Three Nineteen Productions, their vision is very clear. “We want to make films and we want to give aspiring filmmakers a chance they wouldn’t otherwise have.”

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Mar 052011

by T Hoffarth

Hollywood movies are among the best films all over the world. Always, people tend to watch these movies and speak highly of them.

Among the Hollywood films, a movie impressed me very deeply, Brokeback Mountain, which is directed by the renowned film director Ang Lee. In my points of view, this is a film which has not too much relationship with the homosexual, he just tells the love of the world and love is everywhere; but there are some defects. All the people should be equal. It reflects profound social reality in one’s inner desire, people are very shocked.

1 Movie Plot

The story takes place in the summer of 1963, in the western Wyoming in United States, Young Farmers Jack and Ennis worked in Brokeback Mountain, inaccessible depths of the ranch. They lived a hard and monotonous life in the mountains, guarding against the possible that the invasion of sheep suffering beast. Jack is more talkative than Ennis, but the passage of time, it has resulted in untold both tacit.

A particularly cold night, they slept in tents together; under the role of alcohol and hormones, something that should not happen took place. In the days of Brokeback Mountain, they both spent the best time of their life. After seasonal grazing, Jack and Ennis had to separate. Ennis keeps staying at the ranch married Emma who has married once, and has two lovely daughters while Jack went to Texas, with his wife Lucy Lin, his business was flourishing.

Four years later, Jack sent a greeting card to Ennis, and the two ones once again reunit. They are aware of the emotional hearts of hot, so in the next 10 years, these two person regularly date “fishing.” Alma is sad, but Jack and Ennis are also suffering from great prejudice and secular pressures. Ultimately, Jack’s accidental death has come to a full stop to the feelings of the two disputes over ten years……

2 Director Description

Ang Lee, a renowned Chinese director. In recent years, he is very popular in the international movies. In the Pacific, Atlantic, both sides they made good achievements, so far he has won two Academy Awards, two Venice Film Festival Golden Lion Awards, and the two Berlin Film Festival Golden Bears. It is no exaggeration to say that he has set up a bridge between Eastern and Western cultures. As a childhood growing up in traditional Chinese families, who, in addition to direct, “Pushing Hands,” “The Wedding Banquet,” “Eat Drink Man Woman” and other Chinese-language film, but also he directed “Sense and Sensibility” and other English language films, but also took some purely commercial films such as “Ice Storm”, “ride with the devil.”

3 Actor description

Jake Gyllenhaal, on the 19 December 1980, was born in Los Angeles, two years after, he transfered into the film experience of young Jake Gyllenhaal, although a simple experience but his superb acting and full of spiritual eyes, which gives a very promising new acclaim on behalf of the actor.

Jake Gyllenhaal, whose famous film is the young inspirational film in1999 “October Sky” plays a courage to pursue the dreams of young boys and Kelisiku who are impressive independent film. He has performed best “good girl” and Jennifer – Anne The film has wonderful performances by Houston, in 2003 Independent Spirit Award nomination, in 2004 as the actor who starred in “acquired”, in 2005 he starred in “Brokeback Mountain” so he was the 78th best supporting actor Oscar nomination. He starred in Catcher in the Rye (2002).

From Australia, Heath Ledger, whose passion is ignited by the sister Kate. When he starred in “Peter Pan” a drama in Australia, since drama opened career. Heath Ledger love performing, he continued on pay,ing and explorein in the theater, “On the drama of the road, he opened the door, he continued to pass through it.”

4 Video Comments

Everyone’s heart has a Brokeback Mountain. A person search of the truth of mine. As in the case of search they meet the thorns. As the responsibility and freedom is how to choose. I remember Bob Dylan song “He Was a Friend of Mine”, Love is carefully wrapped in one, which formed the philosophical and aesthetic sense of beauty. And this beauty comes from the director to express the objective, dispassionate observer stance, we see the narrator in the film becomes neutral, transparent, and on a large screen, he shows the world itself: a man wait for another man for all the life because of love.

Spielberg buys rights to WikiLeaks book
Hollywood film mogul Steven Spielberg has bought the rights to the story of the WikiLeaks saga, the Guardian reported Wednesday.

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Mar 052011

A few nice movie images I found:

Self portrait during a bad movie
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The best movie on the fight was the very poor ‘Accepted’.

Nunzio The Movie Filming in Boro Park 1978 ’78 70s
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Nunzio The Movie in Boro-Park 1978 Starring Davi Proval:
www.imdb.com/name/nm0698998/

This "C" movie was about a retarded, daydtraming delivery boy, who gets his wish to do a Superman-like deed for someone. I have more photos of this shoot somewhere.
Nunzio:
www.imdb.com/title/tt0078011/

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Mar 022011
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by vancouverfilmschool

Recently, I received an email from a reader of my blog asking questions about wanting to fulfill his dream of becoming a filmmaker and whether he should attend film school. I’d like to share with you our email conversation…I’ll keep his real name anonymous so I’ll refer to him as Michael:

Hello Ian, My name is Michael and for a long time I have wanted to be a filmmaker/film director.  I’m 26 years old and now i’m reading to make filmmaking my career. I was wondering where should I start, since I have no experience at all. Should I go to film school? or learn on my own? I have no idea what is needed. I would really appreciate if you could advice me and guide me thank you.
Michael.

Here’s my email reply back to him:

Dear Michael,
 
First, let me commend you for taking the first step towards honouring your dream to become a filmmaker. Within this email I will give you my best advice to help you move forward towards a career as a filmmaker.
 
1) Get very clear about what you want. When you say filmmaker…do you mean writer/director? Just film director? Writer/director/producer? Do you eventually want to make big budget Hollywood films? Independent films? Documentaries?
 
   Once you get clear about what you truly want from filmmaking as a career, I would suggest you write down some short term and long term career goals for yourself.
 
i.e. (short term goal) I will write and direct a short film by June 10th, 2010.
      (long term goal) I will finish writing my feature film screenplay by July 20th, 2010.
 
Having career goals will give you a sense of purpose and allow you to make better decisions in order to fullfill your filmmaking dreams.
 
2) Acquire the right experience, knowledge and skills. The best way to do this is from reading books, taking classes and from doing. Simple trial and error. Here are some books that I recommend you read to gain more knowledge about the art of filmmaking.
 
(i) Reel to Deal: Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent Film by Dov S-S Simens
This is an easy and informative read. Very inspiring for someone who’s interested in making movies. Especially for independent film producers. I really like his advice about “first make a movie, then make a deal”.
Also, Dov S-S Simens has a very successful online and DVD package web film school loaded with priceless industry knowledge that helped launch the careers of several high profile Hollywood directors like Guy Ritchie, Christopher Nolan and Baz Luhrmann. I highly recommend his course, check here for more details.

 
(ii) The Film Director Prepares: A Complete Guide to Directing for Film & TV by Myrl A. Schreibman
Loaded with a vast amount of useful information for newbie film directors ranging from topics like directing actors to camera coverage to how to be professional and efficient onset.

 
(iii) Rebel Without a Crew by Robert Rodriguez
Robert Rodriguez is the modern day king of D.I.Y. moviemaking. His book chronicles how he made a feature film for ,000 that launched his film career. What I love about this book is Rodriguez cuts through all the Hollywood noise and b.s. and gives you real,honest, useful tips on what you really need to succeed as an independent movie director.

 
(IV) The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters: Insider’s Secrets from Hollywood’s Top Writers by Karl Iglesias
Based on conversation with successful working Hollywood script writers like Eric Roth, Akiva Goldsman, Ed Solomon, Nicholas Kazan, Leslie Dixon, Scott Rosenberg, Gerald DiPego, Steven DeSouza, Tom Schulman, Michael Schiffer, Amy Holden Jones, Robin Swicord. This book gives you the real deal about the daily routines and how to break into the industry tips from the writers of many of today’s top Hollywood movies. I really loved what Ron Bass (Rain man) had to say about succeeding as a screenplay writer

 
(V) Stop Waiting and Make Your Movie by Ian Agard
 This is a film financing guide with 33 information-packed pages of valuable tips and strategies used by both established and emerging filmmakers to secure money for their film productions. For a beginner or expert. If you are an independent filmmaker who needs ,000 to 0,000 to make your short or feature film, then this e-book is for you. To learn more about it, click here.

 
Film school vs. learn on your own?
That depends on your current life situation, your personality and financial resources. I personally didn’t attend film school because I love to learn from doing, trial and error, making mistakes and learning. Film school will not make you a filmmaker, it simply gives you the tools, the opportunity and resources to play, experiment and find your unique style as a storyteller. You can do that on your own, however, it depends how connected you are with friends and others who will help you make your movies.
If I were starting off with no experience and I wanted to take some filmmaking classes/seminars and I would invest my money in www.webfilmschool.com. Dov S-S Simens offers valuable and affordable filmmaking knowledge via 2 day seminars, DVDs and streaming online. Filmmakers who have attended his seminars are Guy Ritchie, Christopher Nolan and Baz Luhrmann.

 
Where should you start?

 
Here are the first five steps I suggest should take to get the ball rolling on your filmmaking career:
1) If you desire to be a writer as well as a director, go to http://www.simplyscripts.com and start reading screenplays of films you’ve alright watched. Start getting familiar with the structure of screenplays and certain terms.

 
2) Go to www.celtx.com and download celtx. Combines full-feature scriptwriting with pre-production support and also enables online collaboration. Mac, Linux and Windows. (It’s free)

 
3) Write everyday. Invest at least 15 minutes each day (I write everyday for 1 hour) Just start telling a story. Focus on a genre you love. Horror? Action? Sci-fi? Comedy? Just start writing…it doesn’t have to be perfect. I recommend you aim to write 2 or 3 short scripts. 5 to 10 pages long. While still studying other screenplays from simplyscripts.com, learn to stretch your imagination building a rich, complex characters and interesting scenes/situations.

 
4) Gather a crew (some friends) or post an ad on craigslist.org or mandy.com to hire some actors and crew members.

 
5) Shoot your movie! Pick the script that you love the most, (passion is important) take your crew and make your movie. I’ll probably encounter setups, problems,etc…this is normal. Just keep moving forward with your production and don’t quit until it done and done right.

 
   Now you’re a filmmaker!

 
I understand that I left out a lot of important steps like the film budget, get a film camera and equipment, securing shooting locations, editing the film, music,etc…all these steps you must learn and work out on your own only because I don’t know where you live, your financial situation and resources. For budget, 0 to 1,000 for your first short film is a good start. Everything else can hire and get volunteers via craigslist.org or mandy.com.

 
The main things are get clear about what you want, start studying from the right books/websites and take action today!

 
To Your Success,
Ian Agard

So to conclude…is it worth going to film school?

I have friends and acquaintances who have attended film school and they’ve told me it can be a very rewarding and valuable investment into your life and  career, however, the bottom line is you must constantly play, experiment and find your unique style as a storyteller to make it as a filmmaker.

Ian Agard, filmmaker/author/entrepreneur

www.ianagard.com

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Mar 022011

A few nice independant film images I found:

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Mar 022011

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 28, 2007

Film Movement (www.FilmMovement.com), U.S. film distributor for award-winning, independent and foreign films, is offering 3 and 6 month Gift Subscription Packages, with the option of adding on ‘bonus films’ and specialty film “DVD Packs,” that bring selected award-winning films from different categories right to the doors of your friends and loved ones this holiday season.

The Subscription Packages are 3 or 6 months long. Each package provides 2 DVD a month, 1 feature-length film and 1 short film.

With award-winning films from around the world, a Film Movement subscription is like having an entire film festival delivered to your door. Also, there is the option of adding on 3 or 6 “bonus films.”

In addition, Film Movement introduces DVD Packs for both subscribers & non-subscribers. With the DVD Packs, film lovers will receive a set of 3 award-winning films from the following categories: Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Spiritual, Documentary, Celebrity, Spanish-language, French-language, Italian-language, Asian and English language.

Choose from the following DVD Packs, just $ 29.95 for subscribers and $ 39.95 for non-subscribers. Synopses of all films can be found at www.FilmMovement.com.

Sundance Film Festival DVD Pack (All films won awards at the Sundance Film Festival):

Ali Zaoua

Manito

Monster Thursday

Cannes Film Festival DVD Pack (All films won awards at the Cannes Film Festival):

Who’s Camus Anyway?

Raja

Road to Koktobel

Spanish-Language DVD Pack:

Carol’s Journey

Viva Cuba

Madeinusa

French-Language DVD Pack:

Hop

Viva Laldjerie

Dreams of Dust

Italian-Language DVD Pack:

Agata & the Storm

Ginger and Cinnamon

Light of My Eyes

English-Language DVD Pack:

A Simple Curve

Morlang

The Rage in Placid Lake

Asian DVD Pack:

A Peck on Cheek

Drifters

Be With Me

Spiritual DVD Pack:

Let the Church Say Amen

Le Grand Voyage

The Island

Films with Celebrities DVD Pack:

‘Wilby Wonderful’ with Sandra Oh

‘The Rage in Placid Lake’ with Ben Lee

‘The Party’s Over’ with Philip Seymour Hoffman

Documentary DVD Pack:

Our Town

The Party’s Over

Let the Church Say Amen

In addition, consumers can also choose from the following Film Movement DVD-of-the-Month Club Subscription Packages:

6 Month Subscription + 6 Bonus Films + DVD Case – $ 119.95

    6 monthly films with free shipping (1 feature length film & 1 short film a month)
    6 Bonus films: Be With Me, Hawaii Oslo, Something Like Happiness, Inch’Allah Dimanche, Campfire, How I Spent the End of the World
    Film Movement 24 DVD Carrying Case
o    6 month subscription without bonus films – $ 67.95

6 Month Subscription + 3 Bonus Films + DVD Case – $ 95.95

    6 monthly films with free shipping (1 feature length film & 1 short film a month)
    3 Bonus films: Be With Me, Hawaii Oslo, Something Like Happiness
    Film Movement 24 DVD Carrying Case

3 Month Subscription + 3 Bonus Films + DVD Case – $ 67.95

    3 monthly films with free shipping (1 feature length film & 1 short film a month)
    3 Bonus films: Be With Me, Hawaii Oslo, Something Like Happiness
    Film Movement 24 DVD Carrying Case
o    3 Month subscription without bonus films – $ 35.95

About Film Movement: Launched in 2003, Film Movement is a full-service North American distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films based in New York City. Film Movement has released more than 100 feature films and shorts from 27 countries on six continents, including top prize winners from Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin, Tribeca and other prestigious festivals. Film Movement releases its films through many different distribution channels including theatrical, non-theatrical, home video, television outlets (such as Sundance Channel, IFC, & Showtime) and can also be seen on In-flight Entertainment on Continental Airlines. For more information, please visit www.filmmovement.com

Media Contact: Loren Pomerantz: (212) 583-0338 /

Company Contact: Meghan Wurtz (212) 941-7744 x 201 /

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Mar 022011

(PRWEB) September 9, 2004

Electronic Film Market Online, Inc. (d/b/a eFilm Market Online), with a URL of www.efilmonline.com, the Internet marketplace for worldwide buyers and sellers to search and market feature motion pictures, short films, and screenplays, announced today that its President, Oliver Robins was a conference panelist at the 2004 International Festival of Short Films in Palm Springs, California. Over 300 films from 29 countries were presented on three screens for seven days, August 29 – September 5, 2004.

At the panel titled, “How To Market Your Short”, Robins, along with a group of invited guests, discussed how short filmmakers can spotlight their films after attending the film festivals. The panelists were in agreement that filmmakers must market their short films long after the festivals conclude to garner financing and support for their next production.

Among the promotional methods discussed to spotlight a film was to maintain an on-going Internet presence after a short subject completes its run on the film festival circuit. A concern addressed by attendee was how would they direct potential web viewers of their film to their website.

In response to this important issue, Robins shared with the audience: “Since eFilm Market is an online worldwide film market, it’s easy for filmmakers to gain access to their internet audience by listing and streaming their films at the Site. We have created a hub for all buyers and sellers of film entertainment to gather”.

Another question asked by an attendee: “Is it possible to sell my short film”. The panelists discussed that there are worldwide distributors looking for short film entertainment. eFilm Market Online addresses this question as it provides a market for worldwide buyers and sellers. Filmmakers and their representatives can upload all pertinent information to sell their film titles in a couple of minutes without having any advanced computer knowledge. And likewise, potential buyers, with a few key strokes, can preview all of the same information that they would find at an offline market, and bid for a film’s rights without ever leaving their chair.

Completed films and works-in-progress are available at www.efilmonline.com

Contact: Tamani Cheek

Public Relations Representative

(760) 602-9979 (phone)

(760) 602-9229 (fax)

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