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August 30, 2005

Short Online Clips And Films On The Rise



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Films and segments less than 10 minutes long are on the rise while mobile and Internet theaters gain momentum.

Verizon Wireless announced its release of V CAST, the nation's first wireless broadband multimedia service for consumers Monday. Amazon Theater and the Tribeca Film Festival Short-Film Competition announced the opening of an online screening room the same day.

V CAST uses broadband to stream video clips up to five minutes long, while the screening room show entire films that are seven minutes or shorter. Verizon Wireless' Third Generation Wide Area 1XevDo network boasts speeds up to 2.0 megabits per second.

Tribeca and Amazon Theater are showing new films using Macromedia Flash. Customers judge clips from the second Short-Film Competition and American Express Open Online Screening Room.

The top-rated films will debut on the Amazon.com home page October 3.

Jennifer Maguire Isham, president of the New York City-based Tribeca Film Festival, said in a written statement that the organization is committed to identifying innovative platforms so filmmakers can reach the largest audience possible. Kathy Savitt, vice president of the Seattle-based Amazon.com, said customers were visiting the site to access exclusive content and to participate as judges in the competition.

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