New Media Film Festival – Opening Night Red Carpet LIVE Streaming + Live Panels

Mingle Media TV Network and MMTVN Productions are proud to announce the LIVE streaming schedule for the 2nd Annual New Media Film Festival at the Los Angeles Film School.

Watch LIVE Streaming at Mingle Media TV’s Home Page Tonight and Tomorrow!

LIVE Streaming Schedule for the New Media Film Festival

LIVE Streaming Schedule for the New Media Film Festival

In 3D: Linkin Park, Hubble Telescope, Edwin Abbot’s Flatland-Martin Sheen & Kristen Bell, Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last screen at 2nd Annual New Media Film Festival 2011

New Media Film Festival honors stories worth telling this weekend with an array of screenings in New Media platforms which include Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe, Sundance Winners and Noms.

This year’s program includes film starring actors Jason Alexander, Sally Kirkland and Sid Ganis in the 35mm Los Angeles Premiere of NOT YOUR TIME (Jay Kamen Productions), along with Martin Sheen, Kristen Bell, and Will Wallace starring in the preview of FLATLAND: SEARCH FOR THE THIRD DIMENSION in 3D, the World Premiere of STAYCATION U.S.A. 3D (directed by Ned Wiseman), THE PHYSICS OF SURFING 3D (Passmore Labs), and absolutely stunning images
from the Hubble Telescope and Casini Mission in COSMIC JOURNEY 3D.

Watch content from Webseries Superstar Creators Dane Boe, John Frank Rosenblum, Freddie Wong moderated by Frank Chindamo. Listen and learn from an exclusive discussion with the experts on Distribution, Social Media, and Incremental Monetization with CEO Logan Mulvey from GoDigital, Paul Wagner 8-time Emmy Winner re: Fred Silvermans’ Gabcast.tv, Stephanie Piche CEO of Mingle Media TV Network re: Live Stream & The Biz of Webseries, Mike Rubsamen Director of Digital Distribution moderated by Susan Johnston CEO of award winning Select Services Films.

The 2nd Annual New Media Film Festival is being held at Los Angeles Film School, (6363 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028) May 20-21, 2011, and will award over $12,000 in prizes this Sat. May 21st 2011

Judges from Pixar, UTA & Industrial Light & Magic, moderators Charlotte Huggins (Journey To The Center Of The Earth), Alison Savitch (Bangkok Dangerous), and Jeanette DePatie along with Interviewer Joshua J. Stecker (Script Magazine) join programming of films from around the world and will include World, North American, and Los Angeles Premieres.

New Media FIlm Festival shows content in categories include 3D, Apps, Animation, Digital Comics, Shot on RED, Docs, SRC-Socially Responsible Content, LGBT, Webseries, Mobile, Features, Shorts & Music Videos.

Tickets are on sale now http://newmediafilmfestivaltickets-autohome.eventbrite.com/ 

Discover INDIE produced series finalists in the #AudienceChoice Category of the New Media Film Festival Sponsored by Mingle Media TV

We are excited that this year’s online competition is winding down and at midnight tonight the voting ends… which means that there is about 5.5 hours left to watch and vote for your favorite series. You only get to vote ONE time per series… and you can even discover some treasures here in this competition that you’ll want to share with your friends and family too. I know we have – it’s been a great pleasure to support the web series community with this competition as part of the New Media Film Festival! Winners will be announced LIVE on 5/20 from the Red Carpet at the Festival!

With that said – here are the finalists that need your votes NOW:

Webseries Entry Votes Voting Started
Travel Companions  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
The Unemployment of Danny London  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
Crossing Blood Lines  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
Lien on Me  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
Masculathon  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
Oblivion  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
Illegal  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
Looking at You  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
Secret Millionaires  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
CYPHERS  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
The R.I.P. Files  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
Shes Just Not That Into You  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
Inappropriate Fairy Tales  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
World of Holly Woodlands  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
Miss Behave  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
Asylum Web Series  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
Sweet Tarts Take Away  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
Naomi: The Show  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
McCracken LIVE!  ? TBD ?     5/1/2011
The Puzzle Makers Son  ? TBD ?     5/1/2011
Cupid and Eros  ? TBD ?     5/1/2011

Here’s where to go to vote: Mingle Media TV Network

There are many things that helped the finalists get their fans to vote for them… the following list are a few things that everyone who creates content for the web should be doing – not just for competitions but for views / audience and community building:

Twitter:

  • Follow people back (you don’t have to follow MLM, #TeamFollowBack or other “self-proclaimed Social Media Experts but definitely industry people)
  • Thank people for following you, introduce yourself, start a convo
  • ReTWEET people who promote you (there’s nothing worse than having someone tweet your promo to vote for you and you don’t thank them or RETWEET the message in honor of them)
  • Support your fellow creator – RETWEET their series announcements
  • Links matter – tweet YOUR series link in your tweets – use a shortener to get it all in 140 characters
Facebook:
  • Post your episodes, community activities (other creators) and info related to the industry on your page – it’s not all about you, sharing is caring
  • Link to your content on other sites
  • Embed videos so people can watch while on Facebook
  • LIKE other creator’s pages – help them get the word out and they will respond in kind
Blog Posts:
  • Start a blog and write a post a week telling your fan base what you’re doing
  • Embed an episode and tell the back story about the episode or interesting fact
  • Ask your fans what they liked or didn’t like about it
YouTube
  • Use META TAGS, keywords to keep your content together on the page
  • YouTube will bring up other similar content from other people if you don’t
  • Keep your titles uniform and add a description with links back to your site, twitter, facebook so people can find you
  • Use annotations and create hotspots with links as a call to action
If you are creating for the Interwebs and are NOT building fans or community, ask yourself why not…. are you doing the above? If you are and still not getting anywhere… it’s time to ask a professional how to change things up for you.

Funny thing happened along the way to the NMFF Web Series Audience Choice Awards…

It seems like a long time in the making… but when you’re working with a live film festival that has two events a year (Los Angeles and San Francisco) you want to get as much exposure for the content creators as you can… you learn a lot about the community at large and what you can do to make the next round even better.

Our goal originally was to help web series creators showcase their series in an online Festival that was an IMDb qualifier to help them get credits while participating in the festival. We created a specially branded webpage for each series with keywords, branding, contact info and links back to their website, Facebook and Twitter pages right on it and a player that had all their episodes in order. This model is a win-win for the series creators – they get new people to discover their content during the course of the online voting time period, Mingle Media TV promotes them on a regular basis for votes on Twitter, Facebook and their website, the content creators get their fans to support them, they get IMDb credits, exposure in a film festival dedicated to new media, a chance to be screened at the festival, and they get the views on their YouTube channel.

This year we had 57 entries from five countries – not bad for our first year. But we also saw that many entrants just put their series in and really never promoted it for voting. If it is just to get the Laurels for entering – that’s disappointing. We also saw that many creators who are not very Internet savvy, missing out on the benefits of participating in the retweeting and reposting of our promotion. In fact, we even saw some of their fans complaining that we were promoting the series they LIKED on Facebook…

On My Soapbox

Yes, I'm on my Soap Box...

One of the many benefits of creating indie content online is that you can do what you want…. no restrictions by ratings organizations. Same with film festivals – you meet their criteria, you get exposure and who knows what else. Mingle Media TV is an online, interactive TV Network – yes, I said TV. As a society we are programmed with the terms “Movies & TV” for entertainment. As a marketing expert, you learn that you brand and message to the lowest common denominator – so making up new ways to describe what you’re doing doesn’t work unless people adopt it globally. Think Xerox versus copier, Kleenex versus tissues, Bandaid versus adhesive strip – great examples of how a brand became the thing – and is used as a global term. The world is changing and the convergence of mainstream TV shows streaming through the Internet is happening now.

Indie web series creators have been here for a long time – especially considering the Internet is so new. Creators have had the home field advantage and only a few of them have grasped the reality of the need for audience, marketing, branding and building community. Creating for art or yourself and not caring if you are adopted by the masses or found is totally fine. However, most creators want to have that audience reach and have sponsors and compete with mainstream TV shows. But they lack in the basics of the medium they have chosen to publish to.

In the past several months, I have been working with Rich from Web Series Network to try to help creators with these issues, education. Much to my dismay, many of the complaints on why more creators and producers are not joining in is no time or money. Then why complain about not having an audience – this is not the Field of Dreams, if you build it they will come…. I have also been slammed for not doing it for free? Really? Everything you need to know about SEO, promoting and marketing your content is available with a GOOGLE SEARCH, so why should I give away my time and knowledge if there’s nothing in it for me? On top of all we do at Mingle Media TV for our community members, asking for more free for those who are not members of our community is pretty insulting. We partner with Slebisodes.com to hold a weekly #WebSeriesChat and share ideas and interview hot web series creators to help open up dialog and community, I am a regular participant at the Web Series Network, I am a regular speaker at industry events, sharing my knowledge and we promote webseries at premieres, festivals and yet… there are a few voices who feel that I should not be charging for what I know. (funny cause there are several others out there who do and you don’t seem to be saying anything to them…. wonder why?)

We are on Internet time people, and while you are sitting back and spouting off more excuses why you cannot promote, market or build audience rather than just digging in and setting goals and making it happen… the rest of the world including traditional TV are moving into your HOOD and they are taking YOUR audience. Wonder why no one finds you… you are not doing anything. Personally speaking, when someone tells me I can’t do it or won’t be successful at it… I set my mind to showing them how wrong they are…. what does hearing that do to you??

Business of Web Series Boot Camp

Business of Web Series Boot Camp

Mingle Media TV Network will be offering several boot camps starting the first of June through their newest division: The Business of Web Series. These bootcamps will be offered to the series who are hosted on Mingle Media TV as well as the series who enter the next round of competition for the New Media Film Festival. We also offer our services for a fee –  and guess what, we get paid fees by TV shows and other new media producers to create winning programs for them…. That’s how we survive without trying to make pennies on banner ads (ever wonder why we don’t have “ads on our site”???  - cause we monetize smartly).

With that said – we want to make this next year of competition that much better for new media producers – web series creators and we are going to start with our Business of Web Series Boot Camp program. We are all about positive change and helping the community, but we are also about doing it on our terms and with those who want to participate in a program that will help them secure their place on the Internet.

Don’t forget  - today is the last day to vote for the 21 finalists in the 1st Annual Audience Choice Awards in the New Media Film Festival Sponsored by Mingle Media TV Network… vote 1 time per series… support your community. Winners announced at the festival red carpet on the 20th LIVE streaming on Mingle Media TV.

Finalists in the #AudienceChoice Category: New Media Film Festival Announcement

Okay everyone… as promised, here are the finalists in the 2011 New Media Film Festival‘s Audience Choice Awards category, sponsored by Mingle Media TV Network.

One thing we want to share as you review the finalists is the date they entered the competition for votes – it didn’t matter if it was 2 days before voting ended or six months, they got their fan-base to support them. We did end up with 21 finalists as there was a tie for 20th place.

Congrats to all finalists and to everyone who entered the competition – please be sure to grab your laurels for your site to promote your involvement in this festival.

Finalist Audience Choice Awards 2011

Click here to VOTE for the 21 Finalists in the #AudienceChoice Awards

Webseries Entry Votes Voting Started
Travel Companions 4289  08-Feb-2011
The Unemployment of Danny London 629  24-Sep-2010
Crossing Blood Lines 396  29-Jan-2011
Lien on Me 343  24-Sep-2010
Masculathon 298  27-Mar-2011
Oblivion 239  24-Sep-2010
Illegal 228  24-Sep-2010
Looking at You 224  20-Feb-2011
Secret Millionaires 189  24-Sep-2010
CYPHERS 177  24-Sep-2010
The R.I.P. Files 172  12-Feb-2011
Shes Just Not That Into You 168  12-Mar-2011
Inappropriate Fairy Tales 141  24-Sep-2010
World of Holly Woodlands 136  28-Apr-2011
Miss Behave 133  08-Feb-2011
Asylum Web Series 132  28-Jan-2011
Sweet Tarts Take Away 129  09-Apr-2011
Naomi: The Show 115  28-Jan-2011
McCracken LIVE! 115  04-Jan-2011
The Puzzle Makers Son 113  24-Sep-2010
Cupid and Eros 113  28-Apr-2011

Tips for Final Voting Success:

There are many things that helped the finalists get their fans to vote for them… the following list are a few things that everyone who creates content for the web should be doing – not just for competitions but for views / audience and community building:

Twitter:

  • Follow people back (you don’t have to follow MLM, #TeamFollowBack or other “self-proclaimed Social Media Experts but definitely industry people)
  • Thank people for following you, introduce yourself, start a convo
  • ReTWEET people who promote you (there’s nothing worse than having someone tweet your promo to vote for you and you don’t thank them or RETWEET the message in honor of them)
  • Support your fellow creator – RETWEET their series announcements
  • Links matter – tweet YOUR series link in your tweets – use a shortener to get it all in 140 characters
Facebook:
  • Post your episodes, community activities (other creators) and info related to the industry on your page – it’s not all about you, sharing is caring
  • Link to your content on other sites
  • Embed videos so people can watch while on Facebook
  • LIKE other creator’s pages – help them get the word out and they will respond in kind
Blog Posts:
  • Start a blog and write a post a week telling your fan base what you’re doing
  • Embed an episode and tell the back story about the episode or interesting fact
  • Ask your fans what they liked or didn’t like about it
YouTube
  • Use META TAGS, keywords to keep your content together on the page
  • YouTube will bring up other similar content from other people if you don’t
  • Keep your titles uniform and add a description with links back to your site, twitter, facebook so people can find you
  • Use annotations and create hotspots with links as a call to action
If you are creating for the Interwebs and are NOT building fans or community, ask yourself why not…. are you doing the above? If you are and still not getting anywhere… it’s time to ask a professional how to change things up for you.