SOURCE: Kaneva Inc./Independence MovieFest

October 25, 2005 12:47 ET

Kaneva and Campus MovieFest Launch Ground-Breaking Online Film Festival, Independence MovieFest

ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 25, 2005 -- Kaneva, pioneer of the world's first digital entertainment marketplace, and Ideas United, founders of Campus MovieFest (CMF), the world's largest student movie-making events, have joined forces to launch Independence MovieFest (iMF) at www.independencemoviefest.com. iMF is the world's first and only film festival to host all submitted movies online -- from shorts to full features -- in their entirety and in DVD quality. iMF is now accepting submissions from filmmakers the world over.

In contrast to the traditional film festival model where the vast majority of submitted films never get the opportunity to be viewed by festival goers, iMF is a global, online viewing venue where all filmmakers have the opportunity to have their work seen and recognized. iMF also provides a dynamic, online community where fans can participate in the judging process along with a panel of distinguished judges.

"At Kaneva, our mission is to empower filmmakers to connect directly with their audience," says Christopher W. Klaus, founder and CEO of Kaneva, Inc. "Kaneva provides the technological expertise that makes it possible for filmmakers to easily upload their work and immediately have a global audience. We are thrilled to be launching Independence MovieFest with our partners, Ideas United."

iMF leads a paradigm shift in the festival arena, opening the doors to a virtually unlimited number of filmmakers and empowering a global audience to experience these films in DVD quality. iMF's unique model also allows filmmakers to distribute their films online through Kaneva's digital entertainment marketplace -- www.kaneva.com -- once the iMF concludes. Kaneva's open-acceptance policy, competitive royalty structure, global market reach, and non-exclusive representation make it an attractive option for independent filmmakers and producers of a variety of video content.

"For filmmakers, iMF provides a remarkable opportunity for visibility, community, and artistic growth," says David Roemer, CEO of Ideas United, LLC. "For film fans, iMF offers access to potentially thousands of films they would normally not be able to see. Viewers also have a voice -- they can influence which films rise to the top and ultimately win awards at the festival."

How the Festival Works:

Kaneva's unique publishing application, Kaneva Media Launcher, allows filmmakers to easily upload and publish their films, regardless of file size or length, on the iMF web site. Fast downloading of DVD quality versions of the films through underlying grid computing technology allows viewers the ability to easily watch an unlimited number of festival entries. Kaneva technology gives viewers the option of watching shorts (under 30 minutes) via real-time streaming in addition to downloading them.

The online nature of iMF also offers a community where film fans can participate in online forum discussions, post reviews of movies, vote for favorites and converse with filmmakers through text or video blogs.

Added user-driven search mechanisms, including the use of "tags" which collaboratively categorize content based on topics and key words as well as featured lists such as "most popular films," allow Kaneva to marry technology with the artistic world of film, offering filmmakers an entirely new canvas on which to share their work.

Categories and Dates:

iMF offers filmmakers six primary entry categories: drama, comedy, and documentary features (over 30 minutes) and drama, comedy and documentary shorts (under 30 minutes). The online viewing audience rates the films, and the top 25 in each category are judged by a distinguished panel to determine winners. In addition, a "Best of iMF" Award will be determined by the festival's judges and an "Audience Choice" Award will be chosen solely by the iMF online community.

Independence MovieFest begins accepting submissions immediately, with a final deadline of May 15, 2006. The festival concludes, and winners will be announced, on July 4, 2006. Information about entrant and viewer fees and other contest details are available at www.independencemoviefest.com, as well as at www.kaneva.com and www.campusmoviefest.com.

More About Kaneva:

Kaneva, Latin for "canvas," is the pioneer of the world's first digital entertainment marketplace. Visit www.kaneva.com for more information.

More About Ideas United:

Founded in 2000 by students at Emory University, Ideas United is the creator of Campus MovieFest, the world's largest student movie-making events. For more information, visit www.ideasunited.com.

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