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February 05, 2014 09:13 ET

Academy® Award Nominated Filmmaker Spike Lee Added as Keynote for the New Hollywood Online Film Festival

Hollywood Screenwriter Launches New Digital Platform Embracing the Traditional Film Festival Experience

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 5, 2014) - The 2014 New Hollywood (NUHO) Online Film Festival today unveiled a pioneering digital initiative which will allow worldwide film enthusiasts the ability to view features, docs and shorts in a daring web-based film festival platform. Celebrated producer, director, writer Spike Lee will inaugurate the first annual NUHO Online Film Festival which is set to launch on February 7 and run through February 28, 2014.

Founded by Keith Mitchell (Mr. 3000, Eddie, Like Mike 2) and Ivy League entrepreneur Chris Kanik, the two have set out to offer up an alternative to the traditional film festival. Along with the founders, the team at NUHO is comprised of an impressive advisory board of Hollywood professionals committed to advancing the scope of the independent world.

"We couldn't be happier to have Spike Lee kick off our festival," said co-founder and CEO Keith Mitchell. "Spike has always done his own thing when it comes to film production, and he's the perfect representative to launch our new and innovative forum for film."

Spike Lee is known for his renegade approach to film production and distribution. He has been involved in more than 30 feature film products, most of them independent, and is representative of a growing philosophy of film production and distribution. He embodies the passion and commitment of filmmakers who take creative and financial risks to get their stories told.

NUHO Online Film Festival employs the latest web technology to deliver a full festival experience. Indie filmmakers will benefit from unique profit sharing, rare exposure to a worldwide audience, direct exposure to agents, key distributors and other industry professionals -- all without having to spend money on travel costs or marketing.

"The festival business is a necessary spoke in the wheel of film distribution," commented Chris Kanik. "However, when the festival benefits the hosts more than the filmmakers, that is wrong. We offer filmmakers a friendly site where everybody succeeds and with Spike Lee's support, we intend to galvanize a film community and shine a bright light on the next generation of filmmakers."

Mitchell added, "What we are doing is probably as crazy as when Redford was telling people he wanted to start a film festival in the mountains of Utah."

Films are only screened for the duration of the festival as to not cannibalize the value for distributors. NUHO's state-of-the-art encryption technology ensures there are no piracy issues.

The festival launch is filled with wonderful indies covering all genres, both in the narrative feature, documentaries, short and web series. Along with the content, NUHO is offering online audiences across the globe the ability to watch live streams of NUHO Online Film Festival events including Spike Lee's keynote, red carpet premieres and the opportunity to engage with the filmmakers.

ABOUT NUHO ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL
The 2014 NUHO Online Film Festival is the world's first online film festival providing filmmakers and indie film fans a full film festival experience, wherever they are with its unique online destination. The Festival leverages an online video platform to support a range of films for its inaugural online destination event, launching Feb 7 through Feb 28. NUHO Online Film Fest provides a revenue sharing program for the selected filmmakers while generating major media exposure. The films are seen by millions for the duration of the festival, including agents, distributors and other industry professionals. NUHO has an encryption system that is state-of-the-art and all films are placed on a secure server so piracy is NOT an issue. The NUHO Online Film Festival is the brainchild of the New Hollywood (NUHO) Entertainment Distribution Company.

ABOUT NEW HOLLYWOOD ENTERTAINMENT
New Hollywood Entertainment's mission is to distribute quality independent films to the public on all delivery platforms. NUHO simplifies the gap between filmmakers and audiences. We unite each phase of the over-complicated movie industry, absorbing the functions of middlemen and eliminating redundancy. New Hollywood (NUHO) has developed a revolutionary business model for the moviemaking business. With the dynamic of content delivery changing rapidly, filmmakers have options never before available. They pride themselves as being known as a distribution company with an independent filmmakers mentality.

For more information on the New Hollywood Film Festival, please go to www.NuHoFilmFest.com.
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