(LOS ANGELES - December 5, 2013)
AVOS Systems, Inc., developers of the multi-platform MixBit mobile app and MixBit.com, and The Slamdance Film Festival, now celebrating its 20th Anniversary, have joined forces to launch a groundbreaking new trailer contest that gives emerging Slamdance directors a chance to create their best trailer for the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival. This partnership was developed by AVOS Co-Founder Chad Hurley and Slamdance President & Co-Founder Peter Baxter.
To compete, filmmakers whose films have been accepted into the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival will agree to upload their trailers to MixBit.com, where Slamdance attendees and the MixBit community can remix the high quality clips and repurpose the trailers in new and creative ways. The competition goes live December 6th, 2013 at www.MixBit.com/Slamdance and will close January 3rd, 2014.
"When we created the MixBit app for iOS and Android, our goal was to enable people to tell better stories and create better video by giving them the tools to record, edit and publish videos from the palm of their hand," said Chad Hurley, AVOS Co-Founder. "Through our partnership with the Slamdance Film Festival on this trailer competition, we are now letting people interact with the content in a way never seen before."
Ten finalists from the competition will have their trailers played during the Slamdance Film Festival's 20th Anniversary in January and the grand prize winner will receive a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.
"We're thrilled to partner with MixBit and together help our filmmakers promote their stories through a great new app," states Baxter.
The 2014 Slamdance Film Festival will take place from January 17th - 23rd, 2014 in Park City, Utah at the Treasure Mountain Inn, located at 255 Main Street, Park City, UT 84060.
All Access, Industry, Local's, and Student Festival Passes are available now online, and individual tickets will be available shortly. To purchase, click here: http://showcase.slamdance.com/#1598746/Passes-and-Tickets
We help people tell great stories through video. With our mobile application for iOS and Android you can record, edit and publish videos from the palm of your hand. Our website lets you collaborate with anyone and remix clips from any MixBit project. We are a community of creators - join us.
About AVOS Systems
AVOS Systems is a digital media creation and discovery company based in San Mateo, California. We build new tools to help people create, find and share the best content online. AVOS was founded by Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, creators of YouTube, the world's largest video sharing and discovery site. AVOS is funded by Google Ventures, Innovation Works, Madrone Capital and New Enterprise Associates. For more information about AVOS, please visit www.avos.com or follow us on Twitter (@AVOS_com).
The MixBit name and logo are property of AVOS Systems, Inc.
The 2014 Slamdance Film Festival will run concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival, January 17-23, 2014 in Park City, Utah. Slamdance continues to serve as a showcase for the discovery and development of emerging independent talent and their unique cinematic vision. Slamdance is the only festival programmed entirely by filmmakers. With over half of 2013's feature films having found distribution after premiering in Park City, Slamdance continues to be a fertile ground for new filmmakers to begin their careers.
Notable Slamdance alumni who first gained notice at the festival include: Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises), Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity), Marc Forster (World War Z), Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), Lena Dunham (Girls), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Anthony & Joe Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) and Lynn Shelton (Humpday).
The organization supports its alumni beyond the festival, by increasing exhibition opportunities through international and domestic On The Road events and developing commercial distribution through Slamdance Studios. 2013 VOD releases include Daniel Martinico's OK, Good, Rudd Simmons' The First Season, Monteith McCollum's Hybrid, and Eleanor Burke's and Ron Eyal's Stranger Things. Slamdance's 2013 On The Road program has traveled to Austin, Detroit, Los Angeles and New York further supporting award-winning feature films such as Nicole Teeny's Bible Quiz, Matt Johnson's The Dirties and James E. Duff's Hank and Asha, as well as a selection of local short filmmakers.
Presented by JuntoBox Films, the Slamdance Screenplay Competition welcomed a record number of entries in 2013 with Butterfly Children by Melanie Schiele winning its Grand Jury Prize and an unprecedented award of $60,000.
The 2014 Slamdance Film Festival Sponsors include MixBit, Blackmagic Design, Vimeo, and The Directors Guild of America. Further support is given by Different By Design, Pierce Law Group, InkHead Promotional Products, and Kodak. Slamdance is once again proud to partner with sponsors who share our unique vision and support emerging artists who are pushing the boundaries of independent filmmaking.
Additional information about the Slamdance Film Festival is available at www.slamdance.com
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Annie Jeeves/Cinematic Red for Slamdance
Mattie Goldman/Kaplow for MixBit