THE WEDDING PARTY
Steve agrees to marry Ana in exchange for a huge sum of cash in the romantic comedy, The Wedding Party. This film will be shown one night only, July 15, at the Landmark Theatre in Greenwood Village.
July film features Australian rom-com
By Clarissa Crozier
An Australian romantic comedy will provide an evening of summer entertainment July 15 when The Landmark Theatre, 5415 Landmark Place, hosts The Wedding Party. This film is brought to Greenwood Village by Film Festival Flix.
The Wedding Party focuses on a failing young businessman and the two women in his life. In a bid to save himself from financial ruin, Steve Thompson (played by Josh Lawson) does the unthinkable and agrees to marry Ana Petrova (Isabel Lucas), a Russian woman seeking residency, in exchange for a huge sum of cash.
Their secret wedding is arranged, but a nosy family friend discovers the wedding plans and before sundown the whole Thompson family is gripped by wedding fever. As wedding plans are made, Thompson fears he has ruined his chances to be with his true love, Jacqui (played by Kestie Morassi) and Ana’s boyfriend exhibits signs of jealousy.
The film is set in Melbourne and the cast is almost entirely Australian. The soundtrack includes work by Melbourne-based musicians J. Walker and Clare Bowditch. Walker is the lead member of the independent band Machine Translations. Music includes original songs set to jazz and Russian folk music.
The Wedding Party is the debut feature film for director and writer Amanda Jane. Previous to this film, co-written with Amanda Bartlett, Jane directed short films.
Jane is a graduate of the Film School Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. Her short films Black Sun and [...]
HALLOWEEN HORROR FEST
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HOLLYWOOD, CA – Film Festival Flix will host the first annual Halloween Horror Fest over an unprecedented 31 days during the month of October, it was announced today by the company’s CEO Benjamin Oberman. “We celebrate great genre movies and filmmakers from around the world and provide opportunities for films and audiences to connect through the internet,” said Oberman.
The online festival, which celebrates 31 days of world class horror films and the filmmakers who terrify, disgust, and disturb us, is led by Oberman and boasts a series of events along with traditional Filmmaker Q&A’s, Expert Panels, and Twitter Chats; all online. (Watch what you want | When you want | Where you want).
Thirteen competition categories will be awarded cash and sponsored prizes with additional recognition through media partners and the festival’s expert Jury. Winners will receive distribution offers on Film Festival Flix, affiliate networks and branded distribution channels as well as all major cable, internet and home video platforms. The Grand Prize winner will receive a cash prize of $4,000, a guaranteed distribution offer on the Film Festival Flix platform, an L.A. Premiere, Lunch with a top Hollywood Acquisitions Executive, Critique from a Horror Film Legend, a featured article in a Hollywood Media Trade and a number of sponsor prizes tba. Additional categories include the “Skin Crawler Award,” “Best Blood & Gore,” “Best Psychological Thriller,” “Best Vampire,” “Best Werewolf,” “Best Zombie,” “Best Monster,” “Best Slasher,” “Best Ghost & Haunted,” “Best Comedy Horror,” “Best Found Footage” and “Best Short.”
“I’ve traveled to festivals around the globe for many years and see amazing films that most people [...]
Mountain & Adventure Film Festival announces winners
Los Angeles, CA - March 11, 2015
Sufferfest 2 won top honors of the first annual Film Festival Flix Mountain & Adventure Film Festival. The film centers on Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright who climb 45 of the American Southwest’s most iconic Desert Towers, via their most difficult routes; in an epic and scenic bike journey that takes them through Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona
Benjamin Oberman, CEO of Film Festival Flix announces the winners of the festival’s maiden voyage along with Joni Cooper, former Director, Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival and co-host of the first annual Mountain & Adventure Film Festival over an unprecedented 28 days during the month of February.
The online festival, which celebrates world class athletes, explorers, filmmakers, adventures and awe-inspiring locations from the most remote corners of the planet, boasts a series of events along with traditional Filmmaker Q&A’s, Expert Panels, and Twitter Chats; all online. (Watch what you want | When you want | Where you want).
Seven competition categories are awarded a total of $12,000 in cash prizes with additional recognition through sponsored awards. Winners receive distribution on Film Festival Flix, affiliate networks and branded distribution channels. “The inaugural Film Festival Flix Mountain & Adventure Film Festival was a huge success,” says Oberman. “The festival received submissions from the best adventure filmmakers worldwide, showcased over forty world class titles, with viewers from eleven countries. The festival’s online panel discussions brought together filmmakers, scientists, activists, and non-profit organizations through the use of internet technologies. Over half a million people engaged with the festival online, proving that a virtual festival is a powerful tool, offering the entire [...]
Last month I spoke about the myriad of changes that render the major platforms useless for most of your films. But it’s not doom and gloom. During times of great change come great opportunities. So let’s talk about potential solutions and the many opportunities that are available to you as an indie filmmaker.
INTERNET VOD PLATFORMS:
Since the major VOD platforms have reached critical mass and either don’t want your film, or are not a viable option due to your inability to build critical awareness among their audience, you’d think this is a bad thing. But, in the same way we saw the boutique / mom and pop shops emerge from the big box retail landscape, we’re seeing boutique / specialty platforms appear online daily. Each of these VOD sites has a targeted and loyal fan base. You also have DIY platforms such as Vimeo On Demand, Reelhouse, VHX, and DotStudioPro who enable you to have your own VOD platform and reach your direct audience. You have more options than ever that are perfect for your film. All you have to do is a little research. These companies want your films!
SMART TV, WEB, AND MOBILE APPS:
There are more platforms emerging daily than you can count and it’s difficult to resist the desire to be everywhere. Focus on those platforms that hold the audience you know is right for your film. Consolidate your efforts in those few places to maximize your revenue and begin a trend of success. These apps are connecting you with an audience who will love your film, but may or may not have been willing to watch on a computer!
Although not effective in the way social media [...]
ONLINE MOUNTAIN & ADVENTURE FILM GIVES BACK
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By Erin Grover | Sydney's Buzz
February 16, 2015 at 12:36am
Benjamin Oberman, CEO of Film Festival Flix announces 25% of proceeds from festival pass sales to the Online Mountain and Adventure Film Festival will be donated to nine participating non-profit organizations. The benefiting organizations include: The Access Fund, Big City Mountaineers, National Parks Conservation Association, Yosemite Conservancy, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Adventure Gap Scholarship Fund, Paradox Sports, and the American Alpine Club.
The Festival went live on February 1st with 44 films available for viewing online in a Netflix subscription style. Beginning February 9th, the festival will offer interactive Panel Discussions and Q&A’s with representatives of participating organizations, filmmakers, and athletes. “We want to support those organizations who advocate for the places and activities we love” says Oberman. Leveraging internet technologies to connect the festival with everyone interested, the Panels and Q&A’s will make use of Google Hangouts and Twitter Chats.
“Supporting these organizations isn’t just about sending a check. We want to provide a platform where they can share their mission, their 2015 initiatives, and invite viewers to get involved in supporting missions that speak to them” says Oberman. All videos and chats will be available following the interactive discussion on the festival website, social media channels, and through the festival media partners, Climbing Magazine and The Joy Trip Project.
For a schedule of discussions go to www.FilmFestivalFlix.com/Mountain-Film/
FILM FESTIVAL FLIX offers the film-loving community quality movies from around the world through programming of international film festival gems, online film festivals, theatrical openings and a monthly theatrical premiere series.
Film Festival Flix Nabs U.S. Rights to ‘Miss Julie’
by Elsa Keslassy
February 3rd, 2015
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PARIS– L.A.-based distributor Film Festival Flix has picked up U.S. rights to Mikael Berg’s feature debut “Miss Julie” (“Froken July”), the latest adaptation of August Strindberg’s 19th-century play.
“Miss Julie” transposes Strindberg’s play – which is about lust, love, social class and the battle of the sexes — to a rustic 1920s country mansion. It stars Nathalie Soderqvist in the title role, opposite Klas Ekegren.
The movie has sold worldwide and played at the First Time Film Festival in the U.S. as well as the Scandinavian Film Festival.
“Staying true to our slogan ‘Think Independently,’ ‘Miss Julie’ has all of the elements we look for in a film,” said Benjamin Oberman, Film Festival Flix prexy and CEO. “I am proud to support Mikael and his vision, and look forward to bringing this timeless classic to American audiences through our many platforms.”
Berg previously worked with Soderqvist and Ekegren on his 19th-century short “Amalia.”
Film Festival Flix will open “Miss Julie” later this year.
Another adaptation of “Miss Julie” directed by Liv Ullmann was released in December. It stars Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell.
SCREEN DAILY - Film Festival Flix buys Miss Julie
by Jeremy Kay
The distributor has picked up US rights to Swedish director Mikael Berg’s tale of lust, love, class and the battle of the sexes.
Berg adapted Miss Julie from August Strindberg’s play set in the 19th century and has reconfigured it as a drama in the vein of Downton Abbey set in a 1920s country mansion.
Nathalie Soderqvist and Klas Ekegren star in the story of a woman who breaks off her engagement to a wealthy man and encounters a newly hired servant during a Midsummer party.
Film Festival Flix chief Ben Oberman plans to release Miss Julie later this year.
Sundance Interview: Benjamin Oberman of MouseTrap Films & Film Festival Flix
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Independent Films return to Greenwood Village with the 2015 FFF Selections
by Clarissa Crozier
GREENWOOD VILLAGER - December 17, 2014
A full season of independent films is planned for 2015 in Greenwood Village. The first film, Adulthood, will screen Jan. 21, 2015, at The Landmark Theatre.
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Independent Films return to GV with 2015 FFF selections
By Clarissa Crozier
Film Festival Flix will continue to bring independent films to Greenwood Village in 2015. The schedule has been set and one film will be shown monthly on one night only at The Landmark Theatre, 5415 Landmark Place.
A subscription plan announced this month by FFF increases offerings for independent film connoisseurs by including not only the monthly film but online streaming, Google Chromecast, and the 2015 Mountain and Adventure Film Festival.
2015 Films Announced
January 2015 begins the FFF season with Adulthood where a group of friends entering their 30s grapple with taking control of their lives as they become adults. The story takes place in Los Angeles.
North of the Sun will be featured in February. This film documents two young men in their 20s who spent nine months of cold Norwegian winter in an uninhabited bay surfing some of the world’s finest waves. They build a cabin out of driftwood, eat expired food and chase their dreams.
In March, Sarah has a chance to go to a first class university and join its premiere athletic club but her suburban mother is fearful of the change and refuses to help financially in Sarah Prefers to Run. In this film, Sarah’s roommate convinces her that their financial problems are over if they marry because it will qualify them for a grant. Sarah agrees but discovers that her heart lies in her love of running.
Reunion, the April film, features Anna Odell, a famous artist who heads to her 20th high school class reunion to confront her childhood bullies.
The May film is Mary Queen of Scots based on the life of Mary Stuart, queen [...]
by Nasa Koski
If you have ever wished for a library of adventure films you could watch from the comfort of your couch, you’ll want to know about Film Festival Flix’s Mountain & Adventure Film Festival.
Film Festival Flix is an online distribution option for independent films. With roots in the outdoors, CEO Benjamin Oberman and festival director Joni Cooper plan to leverage the online platform to collect & host the world’s first online mountain film festival, which will grow to a video-on-demand library of adventure films. “Our goal is to create more opportunities for filmmakers and a place where great mountain films (past, present and future) can be easily found and enjoyed by all”, says Benjamin.
Filmmakers need an audience and audiences need a place to find films. Film Festival Flix’s goal to create a home for adventure films is one that resonates.
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Celebrating the short film art form and the filmmakers that made them, Film Festival Flix hosted a monthly online competition this year.
This week, the 9 monthly finalist films from 2014 competed for one $2,500 cash Grand Prize to put towards their next project.
Presented at the Film Festival Flix theatrical events in Los Angeles (NOHO), Denver, and Dubuque, we were joined by friends and fans who watched the finalists' films, met the filmmakers, and voted to award the Grand Prize to their favorite film. There was also a bit of partying going on, too!
Thanks to all who came out - and good luck filmmakers! Winners will be announced soon!
Film Festival Flix was a proud supporter of the 2014 Eliason Merit Awards. Check out some of the photos from the event on the Facebook Page.
All Voices - "At Film Festival Flix - Think Independently, is a site that designed for the Independent film maker. It was created by Benjamin Oberman. This is a dream especially for a gal like me! I just recently started my tiny production company called Girly Girl Productions. It's nice to know that there is a platform out there that has quality. The platform is amazing! Not only does it have an opportunity to watch Independent Films on DEMAND, for a small fee like Netflix or Amazon, which by the way is a big HOORAH! to Benjamin and his team because every little bit generates income and notierity. The site also has a tab for Independent film makers to enter Short film Competitions and opportunities to go to live events, films festivals and staying abreast of what films hit the the theaters as well.
Oberman created quality and class. It's the Independent film makers dream and world. The site is very informational and professionally put together. Easy to navigate. It gives a voice to the Indy film maker and a platform just for them. Go have a look at it and get in touch with Benjamin!"
Deadline Hollywood - ‘Sarah Prefers To Run’ Sells After Cannes, Outfest Bows
By JEN YAMATO | Tuesday July 22, 2014 @ 2:23pm PDT
Tags: Film Festival Flix, Outfest, Sarah Prefers To Run
‘Sarah Prefers To Run’ Sells After Cannes, Outfest BowsEXCLUSIVE: French Canadian drama Sarah Prefers To Run has been acquired by distribution platform Film Festival Flix following its U.S. debut at Outfest. Chloe Robichaud wrote and directed Sophie Desmarais in the story of a college-bound young woman who agrees to get married in order to get a grant to afford university and compete in the school’s premiere athletic club. Film Festival Flix’s deal covers U.S. rights. The company will open Sarah as part of its Film Festival Flix theatrical series monthly film series that enables audiences to interact with filmmakers and actors, as well as in limited release next Spring. Film world-premiered at Cannes where it screened in the Un Certain Regard section. E-One negotiated the deal via its Les Films Séville label.