Withoutabox finds mate

Withoutabox, the pre-eminent online network for the independent film community, has acquired Film Finders, the film production and rights database and consulting company.

Film Finders founder and prexy Sydney Levine and exec VP Peter Belsito will become Withoutabox execs while continuing to run the Film Finders division.

In a related move, Withoutabox has entered into a strategic partnership with Rightsline, the leading provider of enterprise-grade rights management software.

Withoutabox also recently launched its Audience by Withoutabox, a MySpace.com-like service that allows filmmakers to create their own Web sites from which they can blog, post film reviews and communicate with other filmmakers.

Withoutabox will integrate its existing online systems with the Film Finders database and Rightsline platform to offer an encyclopedic online marketplace for film rights that will benefit indie filmmakers, buyers and sellers.

“We’re democratizing the tools of distribution and connecting the dots for independent rights owners,” said David Straus, Withoutabox CEO and co-founder.

Withoutabox was founded six years ago by Straus and Joe Neulight as a means to integrate and facilitate the independent film festival submission process for indie filmmakers.

The site, Withoutabox.com, is essentially a site for filmmakers wishing to upload film credits, territory rights, press kits, photos and other services necessary for the submission process. Withoutabox now has a member base of 90,000 filmmakers and 600 festivals around the world. Fests use the site as a means of getting access to more films.

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