AMAZON.COM, The Tribeca Film Festival and AMERICAN EXPRESS announce a second short-film competition

The on-line search for the next great short filmmaker continues
following the success of the inaugural competition

The on-line search for the next great short filmmaker continues
following the success of the inaugural competition


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New York‑(BUSINESSWIRE)‑ June 29, 2005 –, 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 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, 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, 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
On August 23, the Tribeca Screening Room opens, and customers will assume the role of online jurors by rating films using’s star rating system. Once again, the five highest-rated films will become competition finalists, and will be featured on the 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

“ 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 vice president Kathy Savitt.

“We are excited to partner once again with the Tribeca Film Festival and 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 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.