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Streaming TV Festival broadcasts indie movies

Here’s a quick look at the 6th annual Streaming Movie and TV contest held by Metro Film Festival and Film Freeway. It’s only 7 bucks to enter if you have a FF gold membership or a whoppin’ $10 to enter for the general public. And I have to say, a $10 Film Submission aka “entry fee” is darn good.

Especially because you get a chance to have your film or TV-show seen by over 200,000 subscribers on the TMN/MoviesPlus network. (See the “TV” link on this blog to check out or ‘add’ the channels to your Roku or Fire TV, or Android.

PS: It’s only about 25 dollars to buy a Roku/Fire stick, and you simply plug the device into your TV. Of course you need Internet to use all the features. But hey, for a mere $25 you can stream allot of free movies, and rare stuff from Film Festivals like Metro’s are on assorted FREE tv-apps.

Here’s a snapshot of the Metro Streaming TV Festival, which allows filmmaker’s to enter EVERY MONTH, and get streamed quickly and easily for almost no-money at all.

A monthly streaming TV festival that gets your film on Roku and Fire TV for the cost of 2 Latte’s.

Metro’s been doing this since they started distributing indie content in 2014. And it’s a shame that many independent filmmaker’s do not take advantage of it. Why? I’m not sure, but I think there’s a disconnect somewhere in the filmmaker-logic. And before I explain the misconceptions that most filmmakers have about digital distribution and streaming on Hulu, Netflix, and online in general let me first say:

YES, I DO OFFER AN AD-REVENUE SHARE. Moving onward…

STUBBORN FILMMAKER LOGIC 101: “I’m going to make my short film and then use it as a calling card to do bigger and better films. But, if a film-distributor or Online Platform like Netflix, Hulu, or TMN/Moviesplus expresses interest, then I’ll change my tune and ask them for whoppin’ amounts of money, because after all they make all kinds of dough and I should get a piece of it…”

Sound familiar? Here’s why a Streaming TV Platform (like Vudu, Hulu, TMN/Moviesplus) cannot make money on a short film. When you watch a Youtube video…do you “skip” the video-advertisement or do you let it play through? You skip it. Why, because you think it’s rotten that you have to sit through a commercial just to watch a short video.

It makes sense, right? Why should you have to watch a commercial just to (SEE) if you like a 5 or 10 minute film?

Now apply that logic to all online movie venues. And now double-down on your thinking, because Independent films do NOT HAVE known actors. Indie films do not have the Actors that we trust. People like Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt pretty much are giving their ENDORSEMENT when they are attached to a film. So, we can trust that a film that they’re in will be worth watching. And we might even sit through an advert or two in order to watch a Hollywood film.

But indies can’t say that they have “Bankable Talent” in their movies can they?

Okay, lecture over, I think I made my point. If you’re an indie filmmaker, get your head out of the clouds, and get your film seen. Enter Metro’s Streaming TV Festival for less than $10 and get the exposure you need to get your next gig. And if you have questions, write me. I’ll answer. Find me on Facebook under “Dean Lach.”

*Footnote! To get an Ad-Rev deal with TMN/Moviesplus you (usually) need to have a catalog of content, much like an aggregator or distributor has. So I’ve made it easy for you. JOIN A FILM ORGANIZATION. If your local Film Meetup or Society has over 50 members and over 50 films in their library, then I’ll give them an Ad-Rev share. These arrangements are done on a case by case basis.)

Last words: Make the move, take action, don’t let your film sit on the shelf — be proactive…be a successful filmmaker. Cheers. (c) Dean Lachiusa 2021.

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Should I let Youtube take my Film for a Ride?

AKA: Should I let the web take my film 4 a ride? A 5* year journey on Youtube.

Recently* someone asked me if Youtube’s TOS would protect their videos from being ripped. Here’s the answer, excerpted from a Facebook conversation:

It’s sad but Youtube won’t give you any license that protects you like a copyright registration or a WGA registered script.

I suppose, if you upload your work and use the advance settings to establish date, then (maybe, just maybe) you could claim proof of authorship (if) you ended up in court or filed a piracy claim using the Youtube Content ID system.

[Bill M] is correct about the need to “register” your copyright. I think it’s 35 bucks for the PA form, and the last time I did it, they allowed me to upload a digital copy of my movie – therefore saving shipping costs, and completing the process quicker than snail mail.

Regarding [Alex, who uses a youtube-download software to save videos to his PC.]   He’s right, there’s plenty of programs that will grab video from streaming sites like Youtube. 

But heck,  if you’re looking for saturation, then you might not care because posting your videos online gets your stuff out there. If you want to stop folks from stealing, then you could place your movies on my Roku and Fire TV channels, and at least this makes it harder to “leach” the content digitally — but of course that won’t stop a Cam’d version.

Another Facebook commenter mentioned that people make a living grabbing video and then re-posting it as their own on Youtube.  This absolutely happens, and it’s a dang shame that we (sometimes) can’t trust Youtube with out content.  Unless that is, we swing a large bat like the Hollywood Studios who choose to stream their content via Youtube’s Partner program.

Here’s an example.  A film buddy of mine used a small section of Night of the Living Dead in a promotional video.  But Youtube flagged it for copyright infringement.  What…How, he asked me? 

As it turns out, Youtube gave a company the right to file a Content ID claim for Night of the Living Dead.  When this happens, it allows that company to grab all the ad-revenue that is associated with EVERY post on Youtube that contains some NOTLD content. That’s allot of videos – thousands in fact.  Check it if you like.  And in case you didn’t know…NOTLD has been Public Domain for over 40 years. (I think it was The Orchard that is the one that is monetizing Notld and other orphan films.)

Thanks for reading, I hope this Facebook conversation – gone Blog is something that is coherent enough for you to make use of. (c) 2018-2020 Dean Lachiusa.