My friend and fellow blogger, Steph, and her husband have written and starred in an indy film which they’ve entered in a competition. The first step is public rating of the films. Below you can read her instructions (that I lifted with permission from her blog) on how to view their film and how to join in the rating if you choose. I think you’ll enjoy The Best Fisherman in the World.
To simply view our film and not participate in voting, please click here: The Best Fisherman in the World. A short disclaimer about video quality: it's a 10 minute film and we were limited to 100mb file size, so the video quality degraded on a couple of scenes.Now, for the voting information.You must register with the website, which begins here: http://stellaartois.triggerstreet.com/ShortFilmProject/Intro. Upon registering, you'll be presented with the option to "Request Rating Assignment." This will allow you to rate up to five films in a 24 hour period. These films are chosen at random, and you will get to rate each video during the voting session, which has already begun and will continue until 11:59 PM on July 31. I don't know how often you'll get to vote on a single film entry or how many films you'll have to watch before you can vote on our film. It's all random. This is actually a very fun way to view the types of independent films that are being produced out there.
There are rules that many of the films have not followed, however, and you do have the ability to flag those films if you deem it necessary. For instance, the showing of any label or logo that is not from the Stella Artois beer company is disallowed. We've already had to flag quite a few, because of this rule. Plus, it just wastes everyone's time, since we have to sit through to the END of the film before we get to rate it. Don't skip out on those credits as you'll only be presented with those rating stars AFTER the entire film has been shown.
After this public voting period ends, the 10 films with the highest ratings will be viewed by a panel of celebrity judges, whom you can see on the voting website. Of those 10 films, ONLY ONE will be chosen to win $50K. While the money would be awesome, I think just getting a top 10 film that will be viewed by the likes of Kevin Spacey and Laurence Fishburne is enough to make me happy for the rest of my life.