LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Withoutabox, a division of IMDb.com, Inc., part of the Amazon.com, Inc. group of companies, today announced the launch of Secure Online Screeners, an efficient and economical way for rights-holders to safely submit short and feature-length films to festivals, and for festivals to manage their incoming submissions, entirely over the Internet.
Secure Online Screeners’ convenient and economical process replaces the traditional method of mailing a hard-copy DVD screener to film festivals. Rights-holders simply upload a film, select Secure Online Screeners as the preview format and instantly deliver their film to participating film festivals.
“With this innovation, we now offer a complete, Internet-only festival submission,” said David Straus, co-founder and CEO of Withoutabox. “This includes online applications, fee payments, press kits and now Secure Online Screeners, providing a complete submission and previewing solution.”
Secure Online Screeners is securely hosted by IMDb, and access is strictly limited to the filmmaker and the festivals to which he or she submits. Links to screeners can only be accessed through secured Withoutabox accounts via specifically created URLs, which cannot be forwarded or shared outside of authorized users. Film festival judges may view the films online simultaneously, eliminating the problem of geographical limitations, and the films are able to be viewed in full-screen at the quality which the filmmaker provides. Secure Online Screeners is a free service for film festivals utilizing the Withoutabox International Film Festival Submissions System. For filmmakers, uploading films is free and self-service. The first Secure Online Screeners submission of every film is also free, and then every submission is $2.95 USD, making Secure Online Screeners a considerable savings over the time and cost of producing, packaging and mailing DVDs.
Withoutabox is the world’s largest community of independent ﬁlmmakers. Since 2000, Withoutabox has been finding new ways to connect film artists with their audiences, working directly with over 800 film festivals on six continents representing over 275,000 members in 200 countries—from first-time directors to Academy Award® winners. The company’s signature innovation, the International Film Festival Submissions System, links filmmakers and other rights-holders with film festivals, networks, and competitions worldwide. In 2008 the company was acquired by IMDb.com, an Amazon.com company.
The Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com) is one of the most popular online entertainment destinations, with over 57 million unique visitors each month. IMDb offers a searchable database of over 1.3 million movies, TV and entertainment programs and over 2.7 million cast and crew members, making it the Web's most comprehensive and authoritative source of information on movies, TV and celebrities. Users can watch thousands of full-length TV episodes and movies for free. IMDb features include cast lists, photographs, quotes, trivia, reviews, box-office data, celebrity biographies, coverage of film festivals and major events, and streaming trailers. IMDb also offers IMDbPro (www.imdbpro.com), a site designed specifically for entertainment industry professionals, and IMDb Resume (www.imdbresume.com), a service that enables actors and crew members to promote themselves directly to IMDb's audience of movie lovers and movie professionals. IMDb.com is operated by IMDb.com, Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) (www.amazon.com).
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