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New York, NY (June 16, 2016) ScreeningRoom, a new media platform for independent filmmakers and content creators, has launched an intuitive and easy to use submission platform in partnership with Women In Film’s Film Finishing Fund.
“The new ScreeningRoom platform offers a simple and elegant solution for filmmakers and organizations alike for the submission process,” said Marie-Helene Carleton, co-founder of ScreeningRoom. “We are excited that Women In Film has chosen to use ScreeningRoom for this year’s submission process.”
“We are excited to have discovered an innovative submission platform designed by filmmakers,” said Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director of Women In Film. “The Screening Room team worked with us to create exactly the system we need, so that our jury has a clear path to engaging and evaluating content.”
The Film Finishing Fund is one of Women In Film’s longest standing programs and is part of the strategy to achieve gender parity in the entertainment industry. The organization provides grants up to $25,000 to features and shorts by and/or about women. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2016 and the application is online at http://wif.org/film-finishing-fund.Fund recipients’ films have won many major awards including Emmy® and Academy Awards® and have screened at festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Toronto, South by Southwest, LA Film Festival, Vancouver, AFI Fest, and Tribeca. They have also aired nationally on HBO, PBS, OWN (The Oprah Winfrey Network), Showtime and internationally on European, Asian, and Australian television channels.
“What makes ScreeningRoom special is that it is built by filmmakers, for filmmakers,” says Micah Garen, co-founder of ScreeningRoom. “Filmmakers should focus on filmmaking, and we want to help them do that by building an engaging community with the resources to help advance great ideas and great films, and build sustainability.”
In keeping with the ethos of ScreeningRoom – to put tools and power in the hands of creators – the submissions platform also allows any member to create their own grant, festival or award using the ScreeningRoom tools.
The submissions platform joins ScreeningRoom’s existing innovative offering of collaborative feedback that they launched at the Hot Docs Film Festival in 2015. The collaborative feedback tool allows content creators to give feedback in a dynamic and engaging way directly into video drafts. Filmmakers can reach out to their network and get time-coded notes on video drafts in one place, with feedback appearing in helpful thought bubbles in an interactive timeline below the video.
Anyone can join the ScreeningRoom community for free. ScreeningRoom charges a subscription fee for access to different interactive tools and levels of service.
ABOUT WOMEN IN FILM
Women In Film is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women, encouraging creative projects by women, and expanding and enhancing portrayals of women in all forms of global media. Given that women comprise fifty percent of the population, WIF’s ultimate goal is to see the same gender parity reflected on and off screen. Founded in 1973, WIF focuses on advocacy and education, provides scholarships, grants and film finishing funds and works to preserve the legacies of all women working in the entertainment community. For more information visit
For More Information, Contact:
- Marie-Hélène Carleton / Screening Room / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lauren Byrd / Women In Film / email@example.com