New York‑(BUSINESSWIRE)‑ June 29, 2005 – Amazon.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) and Tribeca Film Festival founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff, along with Tribeca Film Festival founding partner American Express, today announced a second Amazon Theater/Tribeca Film Festival Short-Film Competition, in recognition of the critical role that short films have played in the broader filmmaking world.
This announcement follows the just-completed inaugural Short-Film Competition, to which more than 1,000 films were submitted and hundreds of thousands of Amazon.com customer ratings were given. This evening at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City, one of the five finalists from the first competition will be awarded a grand prize of $50,000 from American Express. Hosting a second competition illustrates the dedication of Amazon.com, the Tribeca Film Festival and its founding partner American Express to the filmmaking community. The goal is to offer even more short-film makers the opportunity reach new and expanded audiences, as well as a convenient way for those audiences to enjoy their work.
Beginning today through August 26, Amazon.com will accept short-film submissions for entry into the competition. Filmmakers can submit films that are up to seven minutes in length, according to the rules and instructions found at www.amazon.com/shortfilms.
On August 23, the Tribeca Screening Room opens, and Amazon.com customers will assume the role of online jurors by rating films using Amazon.com’s star rating system. Once again, the five highest-rated films will become competition finalists, and will be featured on the Amazon.com home page. The grand prize-winner of the second competition will be announced in November, and will receive $50,000 toward his or her next film project, from American Express
“Amazon.com customers submitted hundreds of thousands of ratings in the first short-film competition, and we’re pleased to offer them the opportunity to discover and enjoy great filmmaking talent once again.” said Amazon.com vice president Kathy Savitt.
“We are excited to partner once again with the Tribeca Film Festival and Amazon.com in presenting the second Short-Film Competition,” said Nancy Smith, American Express’ vice president, Global Media and Sponsorship Marketing. “As a supporter of the filmmaking community, we believe this competition offers filmmakers a unique opportunity to express their creativity and showcase their work in a compelling and innovative forum.”
"The Tribeca Film Festival is committed to discovering new talent and providing innovative platforms for emerging filmmakers," said Jennifer Maguire, President of the Tribeca Film Festival. " With partners Amazon.com and American Express, we are able to give filmmakers an outlet to showcase their work to the film community as well as film enthusiasts globally."
Macromedia Flash will be the exclusive video format for the Amazon Theater Short-film Competition.