Amazon’s IMDb is continuing to enhance its Withoutabox offerings. Being a film festival juror just got a whole lot easier.
Withoutabox, IMDb’s submission service for film festivals and filmmakers, is launching a free Fire TV app for viewing and judging submissions in high definition. The Sundance Film Festival will be the first to deploy a Beta version of the app which will be made available to all film festivals in early 2016.
When film festival judges log into the Withoutabox Fire TV app, they will see a list of films assigned to them to view in HD and they can enter ratings. Festival programmers can also enter recommendations and ratings for these films directly in the app. Any information entered on the app will automatically sync with the festival’s main judging platform on Withoutabox to allow administrators and programmers to track judging progress in real-time. The idea is to improve the overall experience for film festival programmers and judges.
“This is brand new,” says Col Needham, IMDb’s founder and CEO, “and is not available on any other festival submission tool. The key thing is to make it simple and convenient to perform the essential task of selecting films for festivals in an environment that does each film justice, a large HD experience.”
IMDb built the app for Fire TV because it’s an open platform, says Needham, and will eventually extend it to other platforms. “It’s so simple and convenient,” says Needham, “it just works. It’s among the latest series enhancements we’ve launched including HD online screeners and added support for Vimeo links. It’s all about being simple and convenient for both festivals and filmmakers alike.”