Dailymotion and Raindance Film Festival launch competition to find new web series talent

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Dailymotion, one of the World’s biggest video platforms, is working with Raindance Film Festival’s Web Fest on a competition to find the best future talent of independent web series.

The competition is now open for filmmakers, who are invited to submit a five minute scripted pilot episode of a series. The winning pilot will not only receive a £2,500 cash award towards production costs of their web series, but will also have the chance to use the post production facilities at Dailymotion’s Paris studios. Furthermore, Dailymotion are offering to feature the winning web series through their editorial, on their home page and social media, giving the winning film maker additional promotional assistance through their site.

The competition is part of Raindance Web Fest, a dedicated web series festival, for the second year running with the launch of an exclusive web TV pilot competition. Web Fest, which takes place on 27th and 28th September 2014, during Raindance Film Festival will feature a packed schedule of screenings and panel discussions with industry experts, covering topics from digital storytelling, to creating the social TV experience.

Elliot Grove, Raindance Founder comments: “The internet has created exciting opportunities for independent filmmakers, often working with limited budgets, to be discovered. A web series has become the new short form content that creatives and studio executives expect and Web Fest aims to educate and celebrate the great work that’s already available online. We are thrilled to be working with Dailymotion to launch the web TV pilot competition and look forward to unveiling the next Jenji Kohan!”

Following the success of last year’s Web Fest, where 50 international web series were screened including two world premieres, this year’s festival will also host the British Independent Series Awards (BISA) – the first ever awards dedicated to recognising upcoming talent within the industry.

For further information on how to enter the Raindance Webfest Dailymotion competition visit http://raindancefestival.org/2014pilots

Pilot episodes will be hosted on Dailymotions Raindance channel http://www.dailymotion.com/RaindanceWebFest

About Dailymotion
Dailymotion is one of the biggest video platforms in the world with 120 million monthly unique visitors (Comscore, 2013) generating over 2.5 billion video views every month. Dailymotion is the most popular European site – across all categories – in the world according to comScore.

Using the most advanced technology for both users and content creators, Dailymotion provides HD video in a fast, easy-to-use online service. Dailymotion offers a high quality user experience across all digital devices (computers, mobile devices, connected TVs and tablets) via one of the most powerful video players on the market.

Dailymotion offers the best content from users, independent content creators and premium partners in the media and entertainment industries all over the world. Dailymotion provides free access to live content such as cultural events, sport competitions around the world or breaking news as it happens, and allows its users to watch free or on-demand movies, series or creative and exclusive programmes from an international catalogue of tens of millions of videos.
Dailymotion is available around the world in 18 different languages and 35 localised versions featuring local home pages and local content.

For further information, please visit: www.dailymotion.com.
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About Raindance Film Festival
Now in its 22nd year, Raindance Film Festival is Europe’s leading independent Film Festival showcasing feature films, shorts and docs from around the world and specialising in independent films and directorial debuts. The festival has a strong legacy of showing alternative, edgy films. Since 1993 Raindance Film Festival has uncovered the hottest new filmmakers to hit the cinematic scene. Raindance-premiered hits include Pulp Fiction, Memento, the Blair Witch Project, Ghost World and Love Exposure. Listed by Variety as one of the world’s top 50 ‘unmissable film festivals’, Raindance aims to nurture, support and promote independent films and filmmakers from the UK and around the world.

The full festival programme and access to tickets for the 2014 festival will be available on the Raindance website (raindancefestival.org) at the start of September.

Raindance – The Voice of Independent Film
Raindance is dedicated to fostering and promoting independent film in the UK and around the world. Based in the heart of London, Raindance combines Raindance Film Festival, Training Courses, the prestigious British Independent Film Awards and Raindance.tv
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