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H’wood launches digital fest

Online showcase offers filmmakers new venue

Organizers of the Hollywood Film Festival and Internet outfit Hollywood Network have teamed up to launch Hollywood Digital Film Festival, a monthly online contest starting in January that will focus on digital moviemaking.

Flicks will be video-streamed on the Web and viewers will vote on their picks. Every month, winners will be shown theatrically at Paramount Studios, using high-end digital projectors provided by Barco, a sponsor of the enterprise.

“We’re trying to bridge the gap between emerging filmmakers, emerging technologies and established Hollywood,” said Carlos de Abreu, founder and exec director of the Hollywood Film Festival.

“For the first time, filmmakers that select to make movies by using digital technology will be able to showcase their work both online and in Hollywood’s back yard,” de Abreu said.

Every four weeks, he said, a selection committee will choose up to three films to compete online as “Discovery of the Month.”

The winners will qualify as finalists in the fourth annual Hollywood Film Festival, which will take place Aug. 2-7, 2000.