The 4th Annual Hollywood Weekly Magazine Film Festival was a smashing success. We are still basking in the afterglow, and greatly appreciate everyone who participated. If you missed the gala, please take a look at our website at: http://www.hollywoodweeklymagazinefilmfestival.com
NEWS FOR SCREENWRITERS
Due to our need to better communicate and offer help to our screenwriters, Hollywood Weekly will host an exclusive "Screenplay Contest" on November 3, 2017, at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. This event is scheduled to coincide with the week-long American Film Market, since many film and TV executives will be in Los Angeles. Raleigh Studios is in the heart of Hollywood, creating a timely opportunity for screenwriters to showcase their best work to the best group of potential buyers.
All screenplay submissions will receive complementary coverage by industry professionals hired by Hollywood Weekly. Our reviews will be published in Hollywood Weekly Magazine. The highest rated screenwriters will be invited to our private event with major Hollywood producers. Our goal is to help you sell your screenplays or find an agent to represent your material. DEADLINE is October 30th.
NEWS FOR FILMMAKERS
Hollywood Weekly Magazine Film Festival Launches Hollywood Weekly Movies. Filmmakers Earn Money, While Studio Executives Analyze Potential for Wide Distribution.
In addition to hosting our annual gala, Prather Jackson, founder and executive producer of the Hollywood Weekly Magazine Film Festival is now accepting submissions that will be promoted to Hollywood Studios for theatrical release, or to major production companies for development.
"Based upon my experiences, most films struggle to expand beyond the festival circuit, therefore, many filmmakers fail to achieve their ultimate goal of becoming financially viable. Hollywood studio executives realize success on the festival circuit, although extremely important, may still not translate into box office success. Hollywood Weekly aspires to change that by empowering filmmakers to demonstrate the commercial appeal of their project, based upon its popularity on the Hollywood Weekly Movies' platform. Filmmakers are able to promote their films and participate in a 50/50 revenue share based upon views of their film. Hollywood Studio executives can see there is an audience for that film, and the potential for a successful theatrical run. All of this can be accomplished by simply participating in our Hollywood Weekly Magazine Film Festival.
Any filmmaker that wishes to participate must still register their film on our FilmFreeway website and pay the standard submission fees. We will continue to screen the best films at Raleigh Studios, at our annual gala. However, once a new submission has been added, we will offer viewership to the public for their feedback.
All submissions will be available at: http://www.hollywoodweeklymovies.com.
Awards & Prizes
All filmmakers will participate in rev-share, based upon the popularity and viewership of their individual film. Prizes will be awarded to all winning submissions.
Films that fail to generate any interest within 30 days will be removed from the service, and replaced with new entries. The most popular films will be featured in Hollywood Weekly Magazine. They also will be evaluated by our committee for screening at our 5th Annual Hollywood Weekly Magazine Film Festival to be scheduled for November 2018."
Rules & Terms
All who submit films to Hollywood Weekly Magazine Film Festival ("Hollywood Weekly") consent to have Hollywood Weekly feature their film online on the public website: http://www.hollywoodweeklymovies.com. You grant permission to Hollywood Weekly to download your film and upload to this site expressly for this purpose. Hollywood Weekly agrees to send you a contract that will require your signature that will govern our usage and establish our terms for the revenue share based upon a 50/50 split of income derived from viewership of your film on our HollywoodWeeklyMovies.com website.
Furthermore, you grant Hollywood Weekly with permission to solicit distribution, sales and other opportunities for your film. The public will be invited to offer their feedback, and all submissions will be reviewed by our judges. You will receive a monthly statement and payment shall be made using paypal. All top rated submissions will be invited to participate in Hollywood Weekly Magazine's live screenplay event, or annual gala. In addition, we offer advertising space in Hollywood Weekly Magazine which is available at a reduced cost.
Marketing materials, posters and press kits sent to Hollywood Weekly are non-returnable.
Response from festival:
As a top 5 finalist you qualify to participate in our new screenplay competition slated to run from October 1-30, 2017 with the winners attending our Hollywood Weekly/Producers "pitch meeting" on November 3, 2017, at Raleigh Studios. Our goal is to introduce top agents and producers with screenwriters who previously participated in our festival and rank in our top percentages based upon our committees' review of their scripts.
Response from festival:
Thanks for your review. I would agree, we need to improve communications. We received a number of late submissions that we discovered were quite good. We then felt it was important to carefully evaluate all submissions before finalizing our decisions. This impacted communications until we were prepared to make announcements. It appears that your comments are based largely upon sitting for the 2 screenings in the Fairbanks Screening room. The awards ceremony took place in the Charlie Chaplin theater were about 150 guest from Sweden, Viet Nam, Europe and the US attended. We premiered a highly regarded feature film called "Opus," that told a story that touched the audience. Since we modified this year's festival to expand the awards ceremony, we hired a film composer who created an original score and professional editors needed to show actual clips from the nominated submissions. I did note that it sounds like you enjoyed Raleigh Studios. We greatly appreciate the feedback!
Thanks for attending!