In addition to offering a new form of web-based distribution for independent films, FlickU.me boasts a unique connection with a real-world film festival and annual film distribution market, to which all member filmmakers will be invited.
The FlickU website transcends the internet by bringing filmmakers together to develop real relationships and a genuine sense of excitement at the Silk City Flick Fest. The SCFF recently celebrated its third year in Hartford, Conn., from Oct. 13 to 16, 2011.
The SCFF exploded onto the festival scene in 2009, screening more than 50 movies from all over the world and hosting panels and workshops featuring highly-regarded industry professionals. The goal of SCFF is to showcase the art of the independent movie world, while connecting it to the business side of film-making in a fun and friendly New England setting.
FlickU.me founder and president Justin Michael Morales is also a co-founder of SCFF, and will develop a partnership between the festival and a live market for FlickU.me films. “What we want to do is to add a film market to the festival, via FlickU – kind of like a partnership or a friendship between the two,” Morales says. “We’ll have a live event every year for FlickU.me that runs concurrent with the SCFF. It will be the Silk City Flick Fest and the FlickU Film Market, like how the Toronto Film Festival is also a market. We’re going to incorporate that market into the film festival that we have.”
The annual event for FlickU member filmmakers will also take the time to recognize the site’s outstanding films in many different categories. “We’ll have awards ceremonies for movies that have done well on our site – basically the Oscars of the web world,” Morales says. “It will be an actual red carpet party that everybody on FlickU will be able to be a part of.”
Other websites may post films next to each other on the computer screen, “but here, you’re going to network, and you’re going to meet other filmmakers,” Morales says. “Film Baby doesn’t have that, CreateSpace doesn’t have that. You don’t see Indieflix having a real, physical, live interaction. We’re bringing this community together.”
This event will elevate the relationships and connections formed on the pages of FlickU.me beyond the web world. “We want these filmmakers and studios to meet every year and be able to have real relationships, not just virtual,” says Morales. “On Facebook, I may know somebody from Hollywood, but I may never see them. But this is people that you’re working with every day, talking to studios and other filmmakers. Now you’ll actually get to see these people. If you’ve admired their movie or admired the way a FlickU studio has conducted business, you have a potential chance to actually shake hands with them, and congratulate them, or ask for studio representation in person, or do research on their studio. As a studio, you can determine if you want to work with this filmmaker, so there’s a lot of potential relationships that can be had.”
Being apart of the SCFF and FlickU Film Market is one of the exclusive benefits of becoming a FlickU.me member filmmaker, and it’s one that Morales thinks filmmakers will not want to pass up. “You’re not just being thrown in this virtual world – it’s a virtual world with potential for the real world, as well,” Morales says.
For more information about the Silk City Flick Fest, visit the website www.silkcityflickfest.com.