March 31, 2016.
Curator and Developer of Broadcast Channels for the Metro Film Festival.
INTRODUCTION TO “CONNECTED TV” CHANNELS OPERATED BY METRO FILM FESTIVAL
Dean Lachiusa, curator for the Metro Film Festival publishes content on Roku, Fire TV, FLIPPS, SPBTV and other Smart TV platforms. Streaming Indie produced Film, Television, and Webisode videos augment the Metro Film Festival’s efforts, and hopefully yours.
Right now, we have free opportunities on our latest Amazon Fire TV channel called Movies Plus. If you’re not familiar with Fire TV, it’s a “set top box” that connects to your Television and utilizes your Internet connection to broadcast programming on your TV. Movies Plus is much like the Networks you’re familiar with. We have much the same quality as Crackle, USA, Encore, etc. The difference is, we’re not controlled by Hollywood — our content is Indie made. Movies Plus officially opened it’s doors to Indie Filmmakers January 2016, and since then over 10,000 Amazon Fire TV owners have Subscribed to us. We’re growing day by day.
Movies Plus is the only Broadcaster that allows you to control the amount of exposure for your movie or television program, and there’s no binding contract.
I’m sure you’re interested in seeing the channel with your own two-eyes. Currently, if you have a Fire TV device, you may add Movies Plus for free via the Amazon store. If you don’t have Fire TV, an alternative way to watch the channel is on certain Android Browsers, but please be aware that the Channel is not designed (yet) for Android TV, and therefore you may watch films, but with limited functionality. For example the “autoplay, and skip functions” will not work on Droids. On your Android’s Html5 compatible browser, check out https://metrofilmfestival.com to get an idea of the great indie filmmakers that you may be sharing the Movies Plus channel with.
Okay, would you like to know more? Movies Plus is new, and therefore we are growing to meet the requirements of broadcast platforms like Android TV, and the needs of filmmakers like you. This is good for you, because this allows MP to offer you a place on our channel at no cost, and with no obligation to keep your Film/TV/Webisode with us. You’ll get great exposure on the Movies Plus channel, as we are listed among the top 10 Apps in our Fire TV Category.
We leave the power of distribution in your hands. You may stream your movie for a month to test the results…or let it broadcast for a longer period if you’d like greater exposure. Your distribution strategy is controlled by you.
How do you participate?
If you like, we will host your movie for the first month for free on our CDN…Yes, space is limited! OR you may choose to use your own host and therefore control your bandwidth costs, if any. (Hosting on Vimeo/Youtube will NOT work with Roku or Fire TV.) This is important to note: If you choose to host your content on your own domain or a free/cheap CDN service, then it frees you up to remove your film from Movies Plus at any time. And it gives you the option to update what you screen on Movies Plus.
For example, you don’t have to screen your entire movie, you may first try screening a “featurette” of your movie, and then later on you might like to screen a Directors Cut. Pilots and Screeners are also welcome. Trailers and Teasers are not. We encourage you to leverage Movies Plus in creative ways in order to set us apart from all those typical distributors and online venues who promise the world, but never deliver a penny to you.
About this “Leverage” stuff…
The Metro Film Festival and our channels like Movies Plus might sound a little unusual, so let’s look at an example of a movie currently streaming on MP. The following image was taken from the feature film, The Tunnel. This artcard was encoded into the start and end of their film, and it’s a good example of how filmmakers use Movies Plus to direct the audience to their website for purposes of promotion, publicity, sales, and all around marketing and distribution strategies.
The filmmaker could also have elected to feature a “Donation, or Tip” button on their website or Point of Sale. Or, filmmakers might also like to sell a T-Shirt or another Ancillary product rather than selling film “frames” or DVD’s.
We leave this up to you. It’s wide open, there’s no obligation to strategize this way…but we welcome your ideas and we will try to help you monetize your content — if this is your goal. Remember, you don’t have to prepare a special version like the above example, and you are not obligated in any way to motivate folks to visit your website. (Maybe you just want to get your film seen — that’s cool.)
What does MP and the Metro Film Festival get out of this?
Well, right now we’re footing the bill, but in the future we hope to open the Metro Film Festival up to the public in much the same way that traditional film festivals monetize themselves. And perhaps we’ll place adverts or sponsors on our broadcast Channels. But in the meantime, we might just do a Kickstarter campaign to help pay our curator to keep up with submissions.
That’s about all for the moment, please contact Dean Lachiusa via http://www.Facebook.com/DeanLach to share your thoughts, and when you’re ready to submit your film then please email: firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to your video-preview or screener.
We hope you join us.