Outlining the war between Withoutabox and FilmFreeway

Posted Tuesday 30 May 2017

In a new post, Stephen Follows has dug into the battle between Withoutabox and FilmFreeway for control of the film festival submission market, and has written a fascinating investigative post encompassing the good, the bad and the ugly of that world.

"After conversations both on the record (with the platforms) and off the record (with a whole heap of film festival directors), I have discovered that there is something rather ugly going on behind the scenes.

"Withoutabox is paying film festivals large amounts of money in under-the-table deals to stop using FilmFreeway. And we're talking about big numbers. Some major festivals are receiving deals worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in the form of cash, marketing deals and physical goods."

Film-makers, producers et al, you'll want to read this...

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A wizard of a screening this Sunday

Posted Tuesday 30 May 2017

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Harry Potter, eat your heart out - there's a new boy-wizard film in town. WIFT member James Atkins is holding a cast-and-crew screening this Sunday of his new short film You're A Wizard Kevin.

You're A Wizard Kevin (pictured) is a short film inspired by a single line of dialogue intended for a two-weekend project, which evolved into a 20-minute fantasy epic two years in the making and involving more than 100 people. It centres on Kevin, a young Asian man studying in New Zealand; he has few friends and is often bullied. One day he meets the mighty but reckless Wolfgang, a mysterious figure who trains him to become a wizard.

The film will screen alongside a showcase of four other films from Brothers in Crime, including work by some up-and-coming young women. If you were involved in You're A Wizard Kevin, or if you'd like to talk collaboration for future projects, head along.

When: 8pm, Sunday 4 June
Where: Academy Cinemas, Auckland CBD
Screening time: 1 hour