By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 25, 2011 at 4:27AM
The San Francisco International Film Festival is the first U.S. festival to join Festival Scope, the new Internet platform that enables festival selections to be screened to industry professionals worldwide. Other festivals already involved are Cannes' Directors' Fortnight and Semaine de la Critique, the Berlinale, Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma and festivals in Rotterdam, Locarno, Melbourne, Guadalajara, Valdivia and Cartagena.
SFIFF director of programming Rachel Rosen says:
"We see the participation of SFIFF in Festival Scope as a substantial benefit for the works programmed to screen at the Festival. The site has been thoughtfully planned by people who really understand the industry and provides access to the Festival program to buyers and festival programmers who can't make the trip to San Francisco."
CEO and founder of Festival Scope, Alessandro Raja was attracted to SFIFF because of the fest's focus on new directors, and because they were "among those first festivals who believed in Festival Scope even before it was online."
SFIFF films that will be available to Festival Scope members include: Better This World, Children of the Princess of Cleves, Detroit Wild City, The Dish & the Spoon, The Green Wave, Living on Love Alone, The Redemption of General Butt Naked, The Tiniest Place, Ulysses and Year Without a Summer.
Festival Scopes's mission:
Festival Scope is an all-around interactive tool to harness the full potential of the international festival circuit by providing the means for registered professionals to watch films, discover new talent, contact rights holders and directors and view exclusive content including narrative and documentary features, shorts and works in progress.
Festival Scope's main objective is to support independent cinema and filmmakers by increasing access and reducing costs for all parties through an innovative and secure service. There are too many films that are difficult to see outside of festivals, even for professionals. Festival Scope creates additional visibility, not only making the films available to professionals for online screening, but also promoting them through a curated service.
Film professionals involved in acquisitions, programming, international coproductions, promotion or reviewing of films who are interested in the service may make a request by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.