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Why Web Monetization makes me more hopeful about film funding than anything in 22 years since Netribution launched…
In 2006 we wrote here about this new idea of crowd-source financing to fund films, which had funded a few short films – a couple of years before IndieGoGo and Kickstarter took off. We'd followed the growth of a new we...
"Old Man Shakes Fist at Algorythm", but Scorsese has a point, and is WebMo an answer?
So I finally hit the big time and moved up a decimal place in my daily Web Monetization payouts. As I mentioned last month I've added Web Monetization here and a few other sites (FundYourFilm.com, Visuali.st – my wor...
Understanding DRM: back to the days of Edison & the Motion Picture Patent Company
The monopoly that created the independents that created the studios Imagine having to pay a license fee every time you filmed something or screened your work. At the start of the 20th century, the Motion Picture Pate...
How to support the indie film & music companies who lost 1000s of DVDs/CDs in Enfield fire
As well as helping the countless small businesses and shops who've lost stock and suffered damage, buying digital downloads from any of the indie companies who've lost all their stock in the huge depot fire in Enfield...
King's Speech, Monsters, Arbor, Never Let Me Go lead noms for British Independent Film Awards
THE MOËT BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS ANNOUNCE NOMINATIONS AND JURY FOR 13th EDITION The nominations and jury members for the thirteenth annual Moët British Independent Film Awards were announced today, ...
Freedom of expression, privacy, remix + autoblur - the 2nd Open Video Conference
It's taken me a while to gather my thoughts about the Second Open Video Conference which took place at the start of October in New York. It featured a vast mix of people and organisations interested in the future of v...
Musings on the media: Ban adverts and introduce a distributed license fee for content
It is no exageration to say this has been perhaps the toughest year I can remember. I lost my sister to cancer in April and a dear friend to depression a few weeks ago. In some ways it seems peverse to continue a norm...
Three reasons why the Digital Economy Bill will damage British biz & what to do about piracy
Part 1 - Three reasons why the Digital Economy Bill will damage British businesses Part 2 - What can be done? Five steps the UK content industries could take to offset piracy losses A few weeks ago I chatted with a ...
Yorkshire/Iraqi feature gets two awards in Berlin, makers donate 10k prize to charity
While BAFTA was making history on Sunday with all four directing awards going to women, Yorkshire based Mohamed Al Daradji's Iraq set feature follow-up to Ahlaam became the only British film* to take any awards at the...
The Co-Op backed Burma VJ shows the reality behind the monk rebellion & crackdown
The first feature film to ever be screened at Number 10, in an event set-up by Sarah Brown on Aung San Suu's birthday, and the first feature from the Co-Op Group's new partnership with distributor DogWoof - Burma VJ i...
Ed's Off to a flying start - the 63rd Edinburgh International Film Festival underway
Sam Mendes was in Edinburgh last night with Sean Connfery and Alan Cumming for the opening night gala of his film Away We Go - which has great buzz here in New York where it's already openend. Amidst news that Lars vo...
The enviornment is the protagonist in Europe's biggest environmental film festival, Ecovision
From the Ecovision Press Release: 55 films in competition, selectioned among the 1020 arrived, representing 70 countries of the world. 10 world premieres, 3 European premiers confirm the EcoVision’s growing trend, on...
Scott brothers launch Purefold - Blade Runner inspired video universe for brands under CC license
New digital agency AG8 has partnered with Scott Free - digital agency for Tony and Ridley Scott - to launch PureFold, which 'enables participating brands to take an alternative route to brand integration than traditio...
Arts Beyond the Classroom brings parents and children together to explore art and blog about it
It's easy to talk about the digital revolution and the benefits of giving everyone a free and open platform for self-expression if the only people who use the best of the webs tools are contained to one social or econ...
Open Video Conference marks major meetup of video 2.0 pioneers (19/20 June, NYC)
For those feeling underwhelmed by the scarcity of film 2.0 news coming out of Cannes, hold your breath as some of the biggest drivers and thinkers in the emerging Open Video movement will be heading to New York next m...
Sony Pictures CEO 'doesn't see anything good having come from the Internet - period'. Question mark?
It's kind of like a guy who grows his tomatoes in his kitchen complaining about never benefiting from all that lovely sunshine outside. Sony was the company who were five years behind Microsoft with web access for the...
Which video sharing sites offer the best filmmaker-friendly licenses? Not Vimeo
Apologies for the quiet around here lately - I've been completely emerged in a family health crisis. I hope to pick things up in the next few days. Meantime here's some suprising news (by way of BoingBoing) from Marku...
Salad Fingers' web legend David Firth has first retrospective at Hull International Film Festival
6 days, 5 masterclasses, 4 competitions, 3 days of industry events, 2 retrospectives and 1 Hull Short Film Festival. Now in it's seventh year, the Hull International Short Film Festival is cementing its position as t...
Netribution's submission to House of Lords Select Committee on Film & TV industry
It's easy enough to criticise the government for being out of touch with the web - I frequently do - but without the industry explaining to them the needs and issues at play, it's hard to blame them entirely. In other...
Groundbreaking web video project builds documentary bridge between Gaza and Sderot
"The day after the war we need a new beginning. Let's start planting seeds of humanity and trust now"Hope Man, Jan 2nd 2009 The Israeli city of Sderot lies a few miles from Gaza and towards the end of 2008 the French...
David Holroyd's MI6 thriller WMD premieres at CineCity and Daily Motion simultaneously
David Holroyd's independent British thriller WMD, produced by Netribution member Christine Hartland , is to receive its online world premiere on Daily Motion simultaneously to its screening at the Brighton CineCity...
Edinburgh Winners: Eurostar's Somers Town, Man on a Wire, Herzog's Encounters at End of the World
Sorry for the shortage of updates recently, I've watched too many inpsiring films in the past few weeks, with not enough time to do them justice with a good enough review. And after seeing Wall-E on Thursday - towa...
Doctorow's Creative Commons licensed book enters fifth week on NY Times Bestsellers list
Cory Doctorow's latest novel, Little Brother, is available to download for free from his website, as well as remix, share and distribute to your friends. The book has just had its fifth week on the New York Times Be...
GTA sales of $500m give Edinburgh's Rockstar no.1 entertainment launch of all time
The Scottish games developers behind the highly controversial yet critically acclaimed Grand Theft Auto IV: Liberty City have announced first week sales of $500m, on over six million copies. The figure - with $310 o...
Recent awards: Sick in Houston, Tantric Tourists in London and I Refuse To Forget wins feature funds
A quick roundup of recent award winners We're pleased to hear that Alexander Snelling's debut feature Tantric Tourists, covered here recently, picked up the Best UK Debut at the East London Film Festival, whe...
News roundup : Paramount follows the free with Jackass, Look, Golden Globes and Alice in Wonderland
Paramount has become the first studio to experiment with free downloads of features, releasing Jackass 2.5 ahead of the DVD release for free. Sister company Comedy Central recently announced that they would offer ev...
Jim Gilliam: building a people-powered movie distributor and financier with Robert Greenwald
If you can't raise finance for your feature, and cinema chains don't want to touch your film, what can you do? Until recently that could have meant the end of the project, but the web offers some interesting ways of ...
News roundup: Virgin vs Creative Commons, Wikipedia, iTunes, Amazon, P2P art & Scorsese
Virgin Mobile Australia pulled over 100 Creative Commons images off Flickr to use in an advertising campaign without contacting and asking the photographers or subjects. One teenage subject found a photo of herself ...
Susan Buice and Arin Crumley - web film pioneers become YouTube's first feature filmmakers
There are few poster-stars of the web-led film evolution quite like Susan Buice and Arin Crumley. The NY duo - who James MacGregor sourced for a Shooting People interview, and then for an interview for the new funding...
News roundup: Flushed Away with Saw fainters, copyright rethink, and Borat's next move
As the first UN sponsored World Internet Governance Forum gets under way, Amnesty International is calling for greater awareness of countries with censorship and freedom of speech violations. The forum aims to provi...