DAILY NEWS: IFILM Traffic Boost; AMPAS Script Fellowships; IFC Films 1st Buy
by Eugene Hernandez and Jeffrey M. Barker/indieWIRE
>> Thanks To One Short, IFILM On Track to Become Most-Visited Internet-film Site
(indieWIRE/ 10.24.00) -- Lately, it seems there are too many online-
film sites -- too many places to look for short films and entertainment
on the Internet. According to Media Metrix numbers, however, there
are only a few.
In its August survey of unique visitors to "entertainment" Web sites,
the digital media tracking company shows AtomFilms and IFILM running
neck-and-neck. Long recognized as an industry icon, AtomFilms posted
794,000 unique visitors in August according to Media Metrix data. IFILM
was viewed 723,000 unique times.
Other relatively well-known entertainment sites trailed a few laps
behind: Icast.com, 343,000 unique viewers in August; Icebox.com,
"It's the portal strategy," said Melissa Zukerman, spokesperson for
IFILM. She said the site's hits have multiplied 500 percent since
its relaunch as a portal in May and are heading toward 1 million
unique hits for October.
"People are looking for a single site from which to get all of their
entertainment and information," Zukerman said.
IFILM features more than short films on its site. Visitors to the
site may be clicking onto the editorial content or onto the separate
site, IFILMpro, which focuses on film industry professionals.
The breakdown -- how many of IFILM's 723,000 August viewers are
watching short films -- isn't available, but Zukerman said the
site's number one-ranked film, "405" is a good indicator. That
film, with more than 2 million viewings under its belt, is
being watched 500,000 unique times a month.
The Media Metrix report also showed Z.com, which laid off half of its staff recently, posting just behind Icebox.com with 206,000 unique visitors in August. [Jeffrey M. Barker]
>>BREIFLY: AMPAS Announce Nicholl Fellowship Recipients
(indieWIRE/ 10.24.00) -- Five screenwriters have been selected by the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) as winner of the
annual Don and Gee Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship Competition. Each recipient will receive a $25,000 prize at next month's gala dinner
in Beverly Hills.
The winners, selected from 4,250 entries, are Doug Atchison for
"Akeelah and the Bee," Alfredo Botello for "The Crasher," Gabrielle Burton for "The Imperial Waltz," Christine R. Downs for "Victory Road," and James M. Foley for "Powder Rover Breakdown." Recipients are expected to complete a feature-length script during their
fellowship year. [Eugene Hernandez]
>>BREIFLY: IFC Films Acquires Swedish Fav
(indieWIRE/ 10.24.00) -- Newly christened IFC Films has made its first
acquisition, according to ScreenDaily. The publication indicated that
the distributor has nabbed the rights to Lukas Moodysson's "Together."
"Together," a new Swedish comedy from the director of "Show Me Love"
(Fucking Amal), earned $1 million in its opening week in Sweden, according to ScreenDaily. IFC Films is expected to announce additional films on its slate as it approaches it first release, the December debut of Tom Gilroy's "Spring Forward." [Eugene Hernandez]