November 1999

Distributor FAQ: Atomfilms.com


What is AtomFilms.com?
Atom is a next generation entertainment company that specializes in the best short films and animations from all over the world. It’s the coolest place for consumers to see up-and-coming and established artists.

Why do you consider yourselves distributors?

Funder FAQ: The Foundation Center


What is www.foundationcenter.org?
The Foundation Center’s Web site [www.fdncenter.org, or www.foundationcenter.org—both will take you there] is “Your gateway to philanthropy on the World Wide Web.”

When and why did the Foundation Center come into being?

5 for the Future


For all of CPB's lofty intentions, the ultimate shape of public television in the digital age will be fashioned by those who actually ply the trade - the artists and producers. Here is a short list of five CPB-funded projects that provides a peek at the kind of work that's headed our way.

Film Festivals: Pitch TV


"It's a home for people within the industry to view interesting work," explains Linda Walsh, describing Pitch TV, a new site which debuted this fall. Launched by the folks behind PITCH, the New York City-based animation and commercial company, Pitch TV is a way to showcase their work and that of media artists.

The Foundation Center


What is www.foundationcenter.org?
The Foundation Center’s Web site [www.fdncenter.org, or www.foundationcenter.org—both will take you there] is “Your gateway to philanthropy on the World Wide Web.”

When and why did the Foundation Center come into being?

Film Festivals: On2.com


"We are basically creating an environment where a user can build their own television show," explains On2.com's Joel Roodman. A former executive at Miramax who also headed Gotham Entertainment, Roodman states, "Everybody believes that broadband is the future; [our] sole focus is on the broadband consumer."

From Mags and Gates to Bits and Chips


In 1976, Jean-Luc Godard began dreaming of a 35mm camera that would be small enough to fit into the glove compartment of a car. He wanted a camera, in other words, that he could cart along and use to shoot images spontaneously, as he came across them, rather than have bulky equipment determine the time and place.

Film Festivals: AtomFilms


"Shorts are cool and we want to make them a viable part of the entertainment spectrum," says Mika Salmi, founder and CEO of AtomFilms.com To that end, AtomFilms is not only webcasting shorts, but acting as a sales agent and making deals with airlines, cable networks, and other websites for the few hundred short films and animations now in its fold. [see Distributor F.A.Q., p. 46]

CPB's Digital Game Plan

What the Blueprint Reveals


Provided we all make it through Y2K safely, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has another milestone in mind "2K3" denoting the final, April 2003 deadline for all of the nation's 1600 television stations to be broadcasting in digital.

Film Festivals: The Bit Screen


"It's really not about distributing films over the Internet," says Bit Screen creator Nora Barry. "To me, it's a completely new art form." On-line in the summer of 1998, more than six months before other Internet distributors, The Bit Screen got a big shot in the arm after a New York Times profile last January.

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