DAILY NEWS: New Internet Blood;
iFILM-Quality Deal; iCAST Launches Short Film Contest
By Eugene Hernandez and Maya Churi/indieWIRE
>> British Internet TV Series Starts its Second Season
(indieWIRE/3.21.2000) -- After a successful two month run of the episodic
online tv series "NewBlood," the Digital Film Assassins are
a second season. The episodes, available through www.newblood.net, follow a
group of third generation vampires through the contemporary London Club
The series features new episodes every Monday as a 3 minute downloadable
Quicktime file. Each episode incorporates a strong use of music to drive
the images. Chris Birch, one of the three producers behind the show said
of the project, "We're also trying to inspire other young film makers to
go out there and use the net to show people what they can do. Now they can
reach a worldwide audience without having to convince commissioning editors
that their ideas are worthy."
"NewBlood" was conceived by Chris Birch, Yan Miles and Anthony Potter who
teamed to test the ability of creating an ongoing story on the internet.
The first episode of "NewBlood" went live on Monday March 13th. [Maya Churi]
>> IFILM Inks Quality Deal
(indieWIRE/3.21.2000) -- IFILM and Quality Entertainment have signed a
three-year first look deal that gives the dotcom distributor access to
the production and management company's library of shorts. Among the
films covered by the pact are Christopher Bell's "Billy Jones," which
is among the online nominees to screen at this week's Yahoo! Internet
Life Online Film Festival.
Quality, whose partners include Gary Bryman, Steven Hein, Eric Kripke,
Charlie Call and Trevor Sands, was the company behind Joe Nussbaum's
popular short, "George Lucas in Love," which launched the MediaTrip.com
site last year.
"Quality Filmed Entertainment is a natural partner for IFILM as our
companies are focused on the same things: nurturing the careers of
young filmmakers and providing a premiere entertainment experience,"
explained IFILM CEO, Kevin Wendle, in a prepared statement.
>> iCAST seeks to promote short filmmaking over the internet
(indieWIRE/3.21.2000) -- iCAST has announced the launch of it's online
film contest "Show Off Your Shorts." The contest, which offers awards
from $15,000 to $40,000 dollars, hopes to provide "Do It Yourself"
filmmakers with distribution opportunities.
The contest will also seek to promote and showcase their work to a larger
community of web surfers and film fans. Judges for the contest include
filmmaker Michael Lehman ("Heathers"); producer Mitchell Robbins ("Squeeze");
filmmaker Cauleen Smith ("Drylongso") and actress/filmmaker Sara Gilbert