Largest online film festival brings to light some of the world’s most important issues, and includes a donation prize to be given to a global charity
Zurich – November 13, 2014 – Viewster (http://www.viewster.com/), the only online video service with its own film festival, is launching the latest edition of the Viewster Online Film Fest, #VOFF4: Share It Forward. The latest edition of the festival comprises 230 films from 47 countries, which raise awareness around human rights, social, economic and environmental issues. Besides the prizes for the filmmakers, a new Audience Award will result in a sizeable prize donation made to a global charity. The public voting starts at November 13 at 2pm GMT and ends November 27. The winners will be announced on December 8, 2014.
The participating short and feature films – across Fiction, Documentary, Experimental and Animation categories – have been selected on the merits of production quality and the strength of subject matter. Each film in #VOFF4: Share It Forward is listed in the festival catalogue, available to view online http://festival.viewster.com, organised under 10 editorial strands: Different Perspectives, Economic Crisis & Disparity, Environmental Crisis, Human Rights, Making a Change, Mental & Physical Health, Moral Dilemmas, Social Prejudice, The Modern World, and War & Asylum.
The winners will get a share of the $80,000 USD prize fund and will be chosen from the final shortlist, after the public voting period, by the festival jury: independent film producer Ted Hope (21 Grams, American Splendor, Martha Marcy May Marlene), Timo Vuorensola (Iron Sky) and award-winning German actress Nora Tschirner (Keinorhansen).
#VOFF4 also has an Audience Award, set up in line with the theme of the festival. Entrants to the festival were asked to nominate a charitable organisation of their choice, like Doctors Without Borders, The Climate Reality Project, and Children’s Rights. The filmmakers of #VOFF4 have chosen which organisation out of the list of 14 is attached to their film, and the recipient of the Audience Award will have a $20,000 USD donation made by Viewster to the allotted charity.
Kai Henniges, CEO, Viewster, said: “We are particularly excited about this edition of #VOFF, which brings to light some of the world’s most important and pressing issues. We’re incredibly proud to showcase these films on a global scale. #VOFF gives a voice to filmmakers who would otherwise go unheard. Topics that deserve our attention but haven’t been given a platform to do so, now have the chance to capture the world’s attention.”
The fourth edition of the festival again hosts creations from all five continents, and the global nature of #VOFF has resulted in some territory-specific trends. Spanish films in #VOFF4 most often deal with the economic crisis – such as Sincerity, a multi-internationally awarded comedy, and the documentary Eurostafa, which looks at the causes for the economic crash. The Mental & Physical Health strand is dominated by entrants from the UK, with And You Are?, directed by Jeanette Rouke (herself a BAFTA-winning actress) and looking at the effects of Alzheimers. Other films from the UK in this strand include Deafening Silence and I, Alive. Given the global nature of the problem, there are Enviromental Crisis films from every continent.
Another notable film in #VOFF4 is The Forbidden Education from Argentina, which was the first released film in Spanish to be crowdfunded; it was distributed across 130 cities in 13 countries on the same day, reaching 18,000 viewers on one day.
Among the notable participants of the festival is the French filmmaker, Camille Delamarre, who is behind war/action short Last Call; he was the director of Paul Walker’s last feature Brick Mansions, written by Luc Besson, as well as 96 Hours – Taken 2 and Transporter 3.
Whatch the #VOFF4 Teaser:
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