Unique video art installation shines a light on the most talented creators of the interactive video movement.
Beverly Hills, CA -- Global video entertainment network Machinima is bringing the second annual Machinima Interactive Film Festival (MIFF) to iam8bit studios located in Echo Park. Running from November 22 – 24, 2013, the offline exhibit will shine a light on filmmakers and animators at the forefront of this unprecedented cultural shift in online video media.
The video art show is unique in its ability to provide anyone in the world the opportunity to view work submitted by some of the most talented online video directors and content creators. With just over one week to go before this year’s festival, some of the entries come from all over the world, and feature talent from YouTube, Vimeo, top animation and film schools, traditional festivals, and even a few Hollywood insiders.
Unlike traditional film festivals, MIFF breaks down barriers of exclusivity and expense by asking for no entry charge, no scurry for tickets, no stress— for both its online and offline components. In addition to the offline event, MIFF is a massive, yearlong collaboration between Machinima, iam8bit, and some of the best and brightest filmmakers and animators around, empowering directors and content creators to develop their best work and submit via machinimainteractivefilmfestival.com.
So far, Machinima has uploaded over 30 pieces of content, as the piloting stage is year-round. Those videos alone have generated an average of 100K views per video, curating over 3.5MM views. In addition, last year's winners have collectively accumulated more than 10M views on their respective shows and series.
For the first time ever, three creators (one from each category) will be selected as winners and given development deals for a three-to-four episode mini-series to be funded and distributed by Machinima. Of the three mini-series, one will be selected to develop a feature-length (90 minute) piece of content, distributed as nine 10-minute segments on Machinima, as well as potential limited theatrical distribution.
Winners will be selected by a panel of Machinima staff and industry heavy hitters, including director James Wan, game designer Cliffy B, animator Jon Schnepp, producer Adi Shanker, YouTube star Mega 64, and many more.
The content will be submitted and presented in 3 categories, including:
- Fan Films (Example: The Dark Knight Legacy - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmLXTFWgX2s&feature=youtu.be)
- Animation (Example: COIN - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuBhHxdMwgg&feature=youtu.be)
- Live Action Originals (Example: Land of Giants - http://youtu.be/jMVw9LxzUB0)
An ongoing celebration of incubating creative talent, accepted selections will be distributed online by the Machinima network and housed and promoted via MachinimaInteractiveFilmFestival.com. iam8bit will then physically exhibit the whole entertainment experience at their studios in Los Angeles from November 22 – 24, 2013.
Keep checking in to MachinimaInteractiveFilmFestival.com for the most up-to-date info, including more exciting information and surprises around the online and offline event.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.