by correspondent Cristiane Roget
Los Angeles, CA – The 6th Annual New Media Film Festival is set to unspool Tuesday and Wednesday -June 9-10, 2015 within the historical, multi-screen Landmark Theater at 10850 W. Pico Blvd in the heart of Los Angeles, California 90064. As its name suggests the ‘Landmark’ venue has earned an enviable reputation as one of the few state-of-the art theaters that can project 35mm to 3D and all formats in between under one roof. Audiences will be engaged and inspired in an open forum with top entertainment innovators engaged in a robust exchange of ideas with filmmakers, content distributors and investors. With attendance expected in the 1000’s’ the New Media Film Festival presenters, panelists, participating guests and a requisite number of celebrities are promised a stellar program that will outshine previous year’s.
Hailed for “making the cutting edge accessible” by HuffPo, the festival programmers are still accepting entries across 20 categories. Film premieres are slated from Australia,Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, German, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Macau, Netherland, Pakistan, Poland, Spain, Taiwan, UK-England and the USA among others.
Judges and Program Notes will be announced in follow-up press advisory’s on adavenuegroup.com and ABnewswire.com. For those who wish to participate, sponsor or simply enjoy the 6th Annual New Media Film Festival – visit www.newmediafilmfestival.com
Tuesday–June 9 at 11AM the New Media Film Festival debuts with the Web Series Superstar Panel that includes a directors ‘tell all’ and an insider’s ‘reveal’ into ‘the new frontier of web- based episodic series’. Moderated discussions will focus on “what content works and what does not and why’?” according to Frank Chindamo, Fest Moderatior and CEO of Fun Little Movies. He has earned a distinguished reputation as the force behind comedic “Advertainment” as evidenced in FLM’s Petco, Walmart & Best Buy productions. As a recipient of over 30 awards; Chindamo was featured in profiles appearing in Forbes Magazine, Los Angeles Times and the Wall St. Journal, New York Times, CNN & USA Today.
Phil Ranta COO, of Collective Digital Studio will appear on the panel as a talent manager and developer of products for Rhett & Link, Epic Meal Time, and FRED. Ranta has enjoyed tenured positions as VP of Networks that included Fullscreen, Inc. with 5 billion monthly views.
Also appearing on the NMFF Web Series Super Panel is Emmy Winner, Jenni Powell, who is credited with lifting the bar on innovative online communities that originated with her cult classics “Nobody’s Watching” and “lonelygirl15”. Current credits include, “The Guild”, “With the Angels”, “Poor Paul”, “The Crew”, and “The Legend of Neil”. Production on “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” and “Welcome to Sanditon” pre empted her current role as Director of Content and Social Media for VidCon, the world’s largest online video conference.
Jason Horton, is a web series creator with over a billion online fans. He has been featured on Tosh.0, Conan, Spike TV & Jimmy Kimmel and the feature film “Smiley”. Jason has hosted and produced for both the Game Show Network & America’s Funniest Videos. He is currently in production on his web series, ”Yes, Vacancy”.
Rounding out the panel is George T. Kimmel IV, a preeminent senior producer at Maker Studios a Walt Disney Company, the worlds leading provider of short form content. Producing for YouTubes’ biggest stars for the past 4 years, George has acquired an intimate knowledge of digital media and it’s impact on todays culture.
The Superstar Panel is guaranteed to be informative and with this roster of comedians; undoubtedly will play out as a mid morning laugha-thong.
Save the date Wednesday June 10th at 3:30 PM for the 2nd in Panel Series ‘Bridging Mobile Commerce and Audience Engagement for Profitable Entertainment”.
Industry experts will share how creatives create content, monetize it and build limitless audience appeal. Topics include the interplay between smart phones and the role they play in embellishing and enhancing the movie going experience. Advances in media and technologies that bridge wi-fi mobility, profitability, the plethora of new to novel content distribution outlets and what makes for entertaining on line programming. “Are viewers missing the pleasure of the experiential ‘here and now’ as technology and an obsession for gadgetry subsumes them?” will be debated.
The panel moderator will be Sanjiv Goyal CEO and President of Droisys a pioneer in new media verticals with 25+ years with Fortune 500 companies, most notably tenures with IBM, Autonation, Mastech, GMS, and RMS. Goyal will be assessing startups in the digital marketing arenas that include Retail, Healthcare, Gaming, and Hospitality. As an Angel Investor he has invested in Vriti, Fanminder, Admaxim, Appgravity, Gameloot, Raffity, Ebsavvy among others.
Brian Dunphy, a Qualcomm executive for over a decade has held positions across the company’s diverse mobile technology portfolio; including involvement with Gimbal since its inception in Qualcomm Labs. He was pivotal in the development of the BREW ecosystem, strategic finance for Globalstar satellite communications business. Prior to Qualcomm, Brian spent more than five years at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
Steven G. Kaplan, will weigh in from the helm of the Rainstorm family of companies that include Rainstorm Music, Rainstorm TV, Rainstorm Management and Launchpad Releasing. Production credits include the critically acclaimed narrative and documentary, “The Big Empty”, “Red, White Black & Blue”, “Big Bad Wolf”, “The Lost Colony”, “Billy Bates”, “State of Control”, “John Henry: The Steel Driving Racehorse” and “Sunset Strip” among others. Steve is in production on “Blunt Force” and in post-production on Duff McKagan’s “It’s So Easy”.
Kenny Rudolph CEO of “Gigging & Grubbing” is founder of the first show that guides viewers to where “the tour bus stops to eat, while musicians, such as BJ Thomas, and their fans forge dynamic relations over piping hot plates from America’s most critically acclaimed kitchens, ” according to Rudolph. His credits include Newsweek, Washington Post, Motor Trend, and a variety of private equity and venture funded companies he is a welcome addition to the NMFF panelists’.
“We like to think that the NMFF as a gathering of arbitrators of the future developments in life affirming entertainment”, states Artistic Director David Kleiler. “The film medium is our cultural patrimony. Our diversified list of panelists, sponsors, supportive academic institutions and philanthropies all serve as a life raft for the survival of ours and film festivals everywhere.
Rounding out the ancillary schedule of the 6th Addition of the New Media Film Festival is the opening night gala, Tuesday, June 9th at 6PM commencing with the Red Carpet Press Junket, VIP Soiree and 3D Opening Night Ceremony.
Susan Johnston Founder/Director of the New Media Film Festival comments, “The impetus behind the festival has always been honoring stories worth telling and bringing the ‘Best in New Media’ to attendees.” As an award winning producer and casting director, “I have witnessed, first hand, how the advent of globalization has changed Los Angeles from an ol’ boys club into a diversified movie Mecca. Submissions are being accepted through May 15st 2015. http://newmediafilmfestival.com/submit.php
Media support from adavenuegroup.com with headquarters in Paris, Dtrasbourg and now San Francisco is extending the reach of the NMFF as never before. An international online and traditional marketing strategist adavenuegroup.com and its subsideraries, are emerging global leaders in news aggregation. ABnewswire.com is also creating visibilty for the Festival. ABNewswire.com is the only wire service guaranteeing placement of media alerts in 500 news outlets.
Underwriting of the NMFF is being provided by Kesspro Studios, Seamans Capital Management, That’s So Funny Entertainment, Nvidia, Select Services Films, Inc., EIC, Set Awards, Mongo Media, VIPictures.com and Sony Software. For a complete list of participants visit. http://newmediafilmfestival.com/marketing.php
Due in part to the stronger dollar, a proliferation of new delivery platforms led by the ad hoc triad of Google, Netflix and Amazon and an informed international audience; the New Media Film Festival (NMFF) is poised at the forefront of must attend independent, multi-media events this year.
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