Natalie Gravenor | Friday, der 26. February 2010
Call for Entries – Deadline July 31, 2010
Producing movies by gathering ideas and donations from internet users- that’s the idea behind Bitfilm-Festival 2010. It works like this: filmmakers from around the world work together to make a movie, and internet users vote to decide which elements appear in the final film. The result of this “crowd production” will be a full length feature film dealing with the theme “Money & Me” in a host of different ways.
“Everybody has an interesting story to tell about money”, claims Bitfilm‘s director Aaron Koenig. “We are looking forward to portraits of millionaires and investment gurus, as well as fictional rags-to-riches stories and animations which explain the complexities of the financial market in an entertaining way.”
Via an online vote, the audience will decide which short films will be chosen for the final film in the following categories: documentary, fiction and animation. The most popular film in each category will receive prize money donated by the Cultural Authority of the Federal State of Hamburg.
All selected films will receive a share in the film’s profits. “Money & Me will not be a standard episodical film,” emphasises Mr. Koenig. “We will combine all of the short films and turn them into one work of art, with one unifying soundtrack. The filmmakers maintain all rights to their original works, they only give us the right to transform them into something new. The entire project follows the ‘open-source philosophy’ that you might know from software such as Linux or the online encyclopedia Wikipedia.”
Most of the film‘s budget will come from a “crowd-funding” system. For as little as EUR 300 one may purchase a FILMBIT which gives the owner a share in the film‘s profits and more of a say in the voting process. Films may be submitted until July 31, 2010 at www.bitfilm.com/festival. The award ceremony will take place in late November in Hamburg, Germany.