New satellite digital distribution film festival and network in Europe – a new film distribution model for filmmakers.
Hi everyone, I found out in Variety today that even ex-ACTORS are paving the way for new platforms in digital distribution. Read on from this exciting article on Variety.
Hauer sees the digital future – Actor prepares to unspool short film festival
By NICK VIVARELLI – June 12th, 2009
ROME — As a man-made “replicant” in sci-fi classic “Blade Runner,” Rutger Hauer has a memorable speech that begins with the line: “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe.”
Literally, as the thesp is behind a new film festival and distribution plan with his Milan-based I’ve Seen Films fest for short films. Those pics will be beamed by satellite onto Italo screens via Microcinema, a cutting-edge Italo outfit, in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA).
Thanks to a recent agreement, a selection of the 337 shorts from 90 countries unspooling in crisp Blu-ray at the second edition of Hauer’s fest will also be beamed to digitally equipped cinemas across Italy via satellite ahead of the main feature. The event’s closing-night gala will go out live in high definition on Microcinema’s circuit, and also in select European digital theaters via ESA’s Innovative Satellite Interactive Digital Entertainment project.
The high-profile jury of the Sept. 24-Oct. 3 fest includes helmers Ridley Scott (who directed Hauer in “Blade Runner”), Robert Rodriguez, Paul Verhoeven and Anton Corbijn.
Hauer, who is making catchwords like “digital” and “new platforms” his mantra, sort of sees himself as pioneer of a film festival and film distribution model that offers emerging artists fresh outlets. Continue reading →