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Viewster Launches Online Film Festival with $100K in Prize Money

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 17, 2013 at 2:49PM

Streaming site Viewster has launched a new Online Film Festival, slated for March 2014, with $100,000 in prize money to be award to the fest’s winning films. The online festival is now accepting submissions through March for original films with the theme “When Life Gives You Lemons.”
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Streaming site Viewster has launched a new Online Film Festival, slated for March 2014, with $100,000 in prize money to be award to the fest’s winning films. The online festival is now accepting submissions through March for original films with the theme “When Life Gives You Lemons.”

The jury, headed by independent producer and TOH! contributor Ted Hope, will select three winners, with the top film taking home a $70,000 prize, while 2nd and 3rd place winners split the remaining $30,000.

And this is just the beginning -- Viewster plans on hosting four film festivals a year, with the focus being on material outside of the mainstream. Submissions must be at least 12 minutes long, not seen by more than five million viewers and must date from 2006 or later.

This article is related to: Festivals, Digital Future


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.