A MONTHLY ONLINE SCREENING AND BROADCAST CONTEST!
1.) A direct pathway to assist you in showcasing your stories to the industry, advancing your career goals, and growing your professional network.
2.) A chance to Screen your Pilot, Work in Progress, Series, or completed Film. Trailers are FREE.
3.) Metro gives those who enter our Festival the OPTION for Publicity and Promotion on our TV Channels and Mobile Apps. Get streamed to over 200,000 Subscribers on our Roku and Amazon Fire TV channels, and over 50,000 on our new Android App. Additional statistics will become available as we expand to other platforms this year.
Our filmmakers have used Metro as a Launch-Pad for getting Distribution deals, here's one:
A SUCCESS STORY...
Alexander Pimentel, Director of "Down River" streamed his feature film on Metro's Connected TV Channel, "Movies Plus" on Amazon Fire TV. After 6 months and 70,000 downloads, Alex shared the news with a Venture capitalist who agreed to finance Alex's next feature film.
Read the article about Alex right here on FilmFreeway. Click on the "photos" tab above.
MORE ABOUT US....
Q: Will a million people watch my film?
A: Maybe, but most likely about 50,000.
Q: How is my film displayed on your channels?
A: Each video features a poster art and a description. When a Connected TV Channel user (like Roku, or Amazon Fire-TV) clicks on it, then the video streams. Currently there are video AD's that play about every 13 minutes..
Q: What methods do you use to monetize films and TV shows?
A. AD-REV SHARE (see description below.)
B. ANCILLARY PRODUCT SALES (You know, like those neat Marvel soda-pop cups you get at McDonalds.)
1.. We encourage you to place your website-URL and mission statement on your film's POSTER-ART. This art is the first thing that people see on our TV channels.
2. Put your Website address or Point of sale address on your VIDEO-DESCRIPTION. When our audience selects a film to watch, then your film's description pops up, and you may tell them how to buy your DVD or other product here.
3. Publicize your film studio or Swag at the start/end of your FILM. If a person likes your movie, then they'll be encouraged to visit your website to buy a T-Shirt or other ancillary product.
4. AD REVENUE: We partner with STUDIOS and FILM ORGANIZATIONS. IF you are a member of a group of filmmakers, then we can offer your group a portion of the advertising revenue. Please note that this arrangement is something we do on a case by case basis for FILM MEETUP's, Film Societies, and other organizations that have over 50 members, OR at least 20 films in their library of content.
Q: Where can I watch the Festival's movies and TV programs?
A: On Roku, Android, and Amazon Fire-TV devices and soon on HiSense TV and many many other LIVE platforms. Programming is free and it's free to add the channels and apps. See links on the "Award and Prizes" section herein.
Q: How do I get your FREE Channels or check out your FREE TV-APPS?
A: Visit https://blog.martianpoop.com/tv-apps/
*Note, you'll need to have the Internet, and one of the supported Apps on a Roku or Fire TV device, or an enabled Smart TV.
HATE READING THIS STUFF? See our other page and then come back here to join up: https://blog.martianpoop.com/independent-film-distribution-on-televsion/
SCOPE OF THE FEST...
The Metro TV & Film Awards are International and support most every type of content from across the globe. However, we accept only ENGLISH SPEAKING (DIALOG) submissions only. Subtitles will NOT meet our requirements.
A content's Release Window(s) is not a determining factor for consideration in the Festival. Metro aims to encourage filmmakers, rather than looking for methods of exclusion.
We aim to promote you, not knock you down!
NO CONTRACTS! NO EXCLUSIVES! JUST A GREAT WAY TO PROMOTE YOU WORK!
THERE's NO OBLIGATION TO SIGN A CONTRACT.
WE STREAM YOUR FILM/SHOW FOR AS LONG AS OUR AUDIENCE RATES IT HIGHLY...
(In other words, if our judges don't rate your submission highly, then you may find your content on our Android App or another 2nd Tier of distribution.
BUT, if your content is rated highly, then we will try to place it on as many of our channels/platforms as possible. Either way, you get exposure that most filmmakers would kill for.
What do I get?
FREE PUBLICITY/PROMOTION/DISTRIBUTION IN THE FORM OF STREAMING YOUR VIDEO TO AN ENORMOUS CONNECTED-TV AUDIENCE.
Currently, we stream "Gems" from our Fest on our Movies Plus channel on Amazon Fire TV.
We also stream Sci-Fi and Fantasy movies and TV programs on our Roku "Martian Poop" channel. https://channelstore.roku.com/details/e62796cf0671ac6fae60c1d23e9ceff7/martian-poop
*For examples of our entire network, including our TMN and Moviesplus TV channels please visit https://blog.martianpoop.com/tv-apps/
ABOUT THIS FEST!
We accept all ENGLISH SPEAKING (No Subtitles) genres and types, however to stream your content on our APPS/Channels, your submission must be family friendly. We do not place (every) film submission on (every) one of our channels.
...For example, all films do well on our "Amazon Fire TV" channel, but winning Science Fiction films are placed on our "Martian Poop" Roku channel. And winning Trailers can be found on our Android App.
No nudity, graphic adult language...Reminder -- NO FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS.
See the following Points 1-4 if you're interested in having your content streamed on our Connected TV Channels.
1.) To have your film broadcast on our platforms, we ask for an MP4 video encoded at about a bitrate of 5000, please no UHD or FHD. Try just a 1280x720 or 1920 x 1080 at a normal Frame rate like 29.9fps preferred. PAL doesn't stream as well as NTSC, but you may enter if that's the only format you have.
***The 50 and 60 frame rates that are used in "mov" formats usually do not stream very well -- so don't risk it.*** SEE 1A for an option to encoding it yourself!
1A.) Try using a service like Dropbox, just make sure to make it a public link -- but remember Dropbox free limits you to 2GB, so read on please. You may try other services, for example Archive.org is good because they ENCODE the video for you. Remember to EMAIL the link to us! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
******WE DO NOT DOWNLOAD FROM YOUTUBE******
DON'T WORRY: we do NOT apply any ownership to your content. YOU RETAIN ALL YOUR COPYRIGHTS and IP/DMCA rights.
2.) Streamers, prepare a 800W x 450H image, rather than the usual poster size. Save it as a (.jpg) please. Please keep it under 100k.
3. Streamers, prepare a 1-2 sentence description of your film. You may INCLUDE your URL.
4. Streamers, you must own the content you submit and accept responsibility for all clearance, music-rights etc. You may stream your film for a ( minimum of 1 ) month. We do not claim any rights to your content. You retain all rights.
5. LAST THING TO DO: Email your stuff from points 1-4 (don't forget your film-link) to Dean at email@example.com
OTHER RULES & TERMS:
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Metro from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the content submitted.
FilmFreeway Rules & Terms are the official T.O.S for Metro and the related Streaming "Awards & Prizes."