If you have ever wished for a library of adventure films you could watch from the comfort of your couch, you’ll want to know about Film Festival Flix’s Mountain & Adventure Film Festival.
Film Festival Flix is an online distribution option for independent films. With roots in the outdoors, CEO Benjamin Oberman and festival director Joni Cooper plan to leverage the online platform to collect & host the world’s first online mountain film festival, which will grow to a video-on-demand library of adventure films. “Our goal is to create more opportunities for filmmakers and a place where great mountain films (past, present and future) can be easily found and enjoyed by all”, says Benjamin.
Filmmakers need an audience and audiences need a place to find films. Film Festival Flix’s goal to create a home for adventure films is one that resonates.
Hosting a festival online is the great equalizer, giving dedicated audiences the opportunity to watch as much as they want, when they want, in the comfort of their own home, with the ability to interact with filmmakers and notable individuals as much as they’d like.
During the entire month of February, you can login to the film festival’s website to stream any adventure film part of the library, participate in online events, and interact with the filmmakers, athletes, and adventurers. Films entered into the festival compete for audience online votes across seven categories to win $12,000 in prizes.
Film Festival Flix is accepting submissions to the festival and since they are looking to curate a library of films, filmmakers are invited to submit films produced in any year. As readers of Adventure Film School, Film Festival Flix is extending a waived submission fee if you submit before the end of the year. To do this, submit your film and skip paypal on submission. Film Festival Flix will accept all submissions through January 15th, 2015. Festival winners will be announced March 10th, 2015 and presented theatrically in select US cities.
After the film festival, filmmakers will have the opportunity to distribute their film on Film Festival Flix non-exclusive video-on-demand platform, their affiliate promoter networks, and branded channels. Since the opportunity is non-exclusive, filmmakers can still distribute their film through other channels.
Distribution is not required, but I think it’s in everyone’s best interest to take advantage of the word of mouth following the festival period
“Our financial model is a revenue share deal. When people buy your film directly through the site, you will receive 70% of the purchase, explains Benjaimin Oberman. “When people buy through a registered affiliate promoter (non-profit organization), you will receive 53% of the purchase. The difference is paid to the promoting organization to support their work, and also to incentivize their audience to discover great films and support a great cause.”
As filmmakers, we put blood, sweat, tears, and a lot of heart into making a film that may only get its 5 minutes of fame before the next one comes across our screens. So many films deserve much more. Though we can put our films on our channels or websites, it relies on discovery, which can be hit or miss. We don’t want to send our films to die in the vastness that is the Internet. We’d rather let them thrive among other amazing films. The Film Festival Flix Mountain & Adventure library is an opportunity to build an audience and go where they are. We’re excited about that idea and we’ll be watching!
Festival passes are available for $19.99 for unlimited streaming in February. If you purchase before December 25th, 2014, receive 25% off with code MAFF2015.
28 days of extreme adventure from the comfort of your living room – can’t wait!