SOURCE: Talenthouse Inc.

Talenthouse Inc.

May 19, 2011 06:00 ET

The Palo Alto International Film Festival and Talenthouse Open the Door for Aspiring Filmmakers

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - May 19, 2011) - The Palo Alto International Film Festival (PAIFF) and Talenthouse, the leading social media engagement platform, invite filmmakers from around the globe to submit their film, for the opportunity to be screened at PAIFF in September 2011.

As technology advances, more people are able to create films and tell a broader variety of stories than ever before. PAIFF believes that contemporary culture is being redefined by the democratization of filmmaking. In order to celebrate this burgeoning international film movement, PAIFF and Talenthouse invite all filmmakers to submit their short films. Any cinematic medium or method is acceptable: live action, animation, mobile phone or documentary short film.

"PAIFF wants to expose audiences to worlds they have never seen before. We can do this by leveling the playing field -- giving filmmakers the chance to not only submit their films to our festival, but to vote on the program themselves," said Alf Seccombe, Director of Programming at PAIFF. "We feel Talenthouse is a leader in an international movement and we are excited to partner with them."

"Talenthouse is built to provide once in a lifetime opportunities for artists worldwide; partnering with PAIFF allows us to set the stage for aspiring talent to be seen," said Roman Scharf, CEO of Talenthouse.

Submissions to this competition must not exceed thirty minutes in length and need to be submitted by June 22, 2011. Once the submissions period is closed, viewers may vote on their favorite films, starting June 23 until June 30, 2011. One Grand Prize winner will be chosen from the pool of all submissions as well as three runners-up from the thirty highest voted submissions. The Grand Prize winner and runners-up will be announced on July 7, 2011.

The Grand Prize winner and the three runners-up will have their short films screened at PAIFF 2011 and will be provided with tickets to PAIFF screenings, workshops and talks. The Grand Prize winner will also receive the PAIFF/Talenthouse Award, a copy of the Adobe Creative Suite 5 Production Premium and have all their travel and accommodation to Palo Alto, CA paid for at a value up to $3,000.

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Palo Alto International Film Festival 2011 convenes artists, media and technology professionals and attendees in an intimate environment where they can experience great cinema, learn about cutting-edge technologies and ideas and celebrate the artists and innovators shaping the world of moving pictures. A program of Palo Alto Institute, a 501c(3) nonprofit, PAIFF aims to inspire cinematic revolutions.

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About Talenthouse

Talenthouse is the leading platform for creative collaboration, providing life-changing opportunities for the creative community. Talenthouse embraces artists at every level of their career, as well as all supporters of the arts. Attracted by the potential for discovering, collaborating with and mentoring emerging talent, many acclaimed industry icons and global brands partner with Talenthouse by hosting projects and initiatives known as 'Creative Invites.' Artists and brands choose Talenthouse to engage with their audience in a targeted, relevant and credible context.

To date, Talenthouse has launched more than 150 Creative Invites with global brands and entertainment icons such as Nokia, Dolce & Gabbana, Queen, Virgin Mobile, Adidas, Prismacolor, Glamour Magazine, Universal Music, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, Maroon 5, Rihanna, Naomi Campbell, Kanto, The Stan Lee Foundation, Todd McFarlane, Sander van Doorn, Rusko, Ben Watts, Bugaboo and Florence + The Machine.

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