DAILY NEWS: New Sci-Fi Fest; Wim Wenders Site; IFILM and Palomar
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>> New Fest to Showcase Sci-Fi Films
(indieWIRE/7.11.00) -- A new Manhattan film festival dubbed the "Future of
Film Festival" will showcase "the convergence of filmmaking, the future and
technology." Entitled "Exposure" and presented by the Sci Fi Channel, the
event (August 3 - 6, 2000) will include science fiction features, shorts and
original programs -- the non-profit event will benefit the Independent
Feature Project (IFP). It will serve as an extension of the Network's
weekly short film series, "Exposure."
The Festival will kick off with a screening of Geoffrey Wright's "Cherry
Falls" and also include screening of sci-fi favorites, including Tim
Burton's short, "Vincent," "Dark City" director Alex Proyas' "Strange Residues," and "Incubus," a rarely-seen film with William Shatner.
The event will conclude with the announcement of the "Future of Filmmaking
Award," a grant designed to nurture new sci-fi work from emerging
filmmakers. The award is part of a million dollar program wthat will fund
50 sci-fi shorts films. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Wim Wenders Goes Dotcom
(indieWIRE/7.11.00) -- Claiming that it offers, "Everything you wanted to
know about Wim Wenders -- but were afraid to ask," a new Internet site has
launched. The German director's official site -- http://www.wim-wenders.com
-- offers biography information, photos, information on each of the
directors films (including shorts) and work in other disciplines, an
e-commerce area to purchase books about the filmmaker, a music section, and
message board for conversations among site visitors. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> IFILM Teams with Palomar
(indieWIRE/7.11.00) -- IFILM is partnering with Palomar Pictures to create a showcase site offering exclusive shorts, commercials, music videos, editorial and interactive content from Palomar talent.
"Like IFILM, we are committed to providing a viable distribution channel
for directors and artists that allows their work to be seen by as wide an
audience as possible," commented Sigurjon ("Joni") Sighvatsson, Chairman and CEO of Palomar, in a prepared statement. "The Internet is an invaluable tool for film enthusiasts as well as the production community, and we consider this alliance to be a critical aspect of Palomar's overall interactive media strategy."
Founded in 1992, Palomar produces commercials and music videos. Its talent
includes Luc Besson and The Quay Brothers. [Eugene Hernandez]