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iW NEWS | Filmmakers Create a New Path to DIY Distribution, with "From Here to Awesome"

By Indiewire | Indiewire January 17, 2008 at 6:51AM

A new fest that dubs itself as a "New Discovery and Distribution Festival" is creating a platform for DIY distribution. 'From Here to Awesome,' co-founded by filmmaker and IFP board member Lance Weiler ("Head Trauma"), Arin Crumley ("Four Eyed Monsters") and M dot Strange ("We Are the Strange") is currently accepting video submissions from filmmakers "explainging why they think their film is 'awesome.'" MySpace, YouTube and Current TV, which are partnering with the new "fest," will direct audiences to the submission videos who will have a chance to vote for their choice(s). In April, the top ten features and top ten shorts will be screened in participating theaters, via the Internet and available to portable devices with all revenue going directly to the filmmaker. Additionally, all rights will remain with the makers. "Less and less films are getting traditional distribution deals," commented Weiler in a statement Wednesday. "Form Here to Awesome is an attempt to answer some of the largest issues facing filmmakers today -- discovery, distribution and sustainability by putting the power to distribute in the hands of the filmmakers and their audiences." For more information, visit the festival's website. [Brian Brooks]
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A new fest that dubs itself as a "New Discovery and Distribution Festival" is creating a platform for DIY distribution. 'From Here to Awesome,' co-founded by filmmaker and IFP board member Lance Weiler ("Head Trauma"), Arin Crumley ("Four Eyed Monsters") and M dot Strange ("We Are the Strange") is currently accepting video submissions from filmmakers "explainging why they think their film is 'awesome.'" MySpace, YouTube and Current TV, which are partnering with the new "fest," will direct audiences to the submission videos who will have a chance to vote for their choice(s). In April, the top ten features and top ten shorts will be screened in participating theaters, via the Internet and available to portable devices with all revenue going directly to the filmmaker. Additionally, all rights will remain with the makers. "Less and less films are getting traditional distribution deals," commented Weiler in a statement Wednesday. "Form Here to Awesome is an attempt to answer some of the largest issues facing filmmakers today -- discovery, distribution and sustainability by putting the power to distribute in the hands of the filmmakers and their audiences." For more information, visit the festival's website. [Brian Brooks]