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Tribeca Film Festival Bows Online Competition

1 Apr, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Filmmakers can submit six-second shorts in four genres for cash prizes

New York-based Tribeca Film Festival April 1 launched the “#6secFilms Vine Competition,” an online juried competition using the six-second, micro-movie making app.

Filmmakers can submit in one of four categories — #genre, #auteur, #animate and #series — using both the category hashtag and #6secfilms. Shortlists in each category will be viewable for the public on April 17 and will compete for cash prizes of $600. Submissions are open through midnight on April 7. Winners will be announced by the Tribeca Online Festival on April 26.

Again, the Tribeca Online Festival will offer free streaming of Festival films. The seven titles, which include features Alias Ruby Blade: A Story of Love and Revolution, Lil Bub & Friendz and Farah Goes Bang (which will be streamed just after their Festival theatrical premieres), and short films RPG OKC, Delicacy, The Exit Room and A Short Film About Guns will be accessible at tribecaonlinefestival.com .

TribecaOnlineFestival.com visitors can vote on the best online feature and short, with the winners receiving a total of $16,000 in prize money. The festival will stream panel discussions and presentations as well as the 2013 TFF awards show on April 25. 

Tribeca Film will also release 2013 feature film selections What Richard Did, Greetings from Tim Buckley, Fresh Meat and The English Teacher nationwide via on demand during the Festival window. The titles will be available in more than 50 million homes in the U.S. and Canada through all major cable transactional video-on-demand providers, as well as iTunes, Amazon Watch Instantly, Vudu, Xbox, Google Play and YouTube.

“We are always looking for ways to expand our community and engage new audiences,” Geoff Gilmore, chief creative officer, said in a statement. “Our first ever Vine competition … is open to anyone with an imagination and a Vine app.”

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