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Streaming TV & Film Festival

1.) A direct pathway to assist you in showcasing your stories to the industry, advancing your career goals, and growing your professional network.

2.) A chance to Screen your Pilot, Work in Progress, Series, or completed Film. Trailers are FREE.

3.) Metro gives those who enter our Festival the option for Publicity and Promotion on our TV Channels and Mobile Apps. Get streamed to over 200,000 Subscribers on our Roku and Amazon Fire TV channels, and over 10,000 on our new Android App.

Our filmmakers have used Metro as a Launch-Pad for getting Distribution deals, here's one:

Alexander Pimentel, Director of "Down River" streamed his feature film on Metro's Connected TV Channel, "Movies Plus" on Amazon Fire TV. After 6 months and 70,000 downloads, Alex shared the news with a Venture capitalist who agreed to finance Alex's next feature film.


Q: Will a million people watch my film?
A: Maybe, but most likely about 50,000.

Q: How is my film displayed on your channels?
A: Each video features a poster art and a description. When a Roku, or Amazon Fire-TV user clicks on it, then the video streams. Currently there are video AD's that play about every 13 minutes..

Q: What methods do you use to monetize films and TV shows?

A. AD-REV SHARE (see description below.)
B. ANCILLARY PRODUCT SALES (You know, like those neat Marvel soda-pop cups you get at McDonalds.)

1.. We encourage you to place your website-URL and mission statement on your film's POSTER-ART. This art is the first thing that people see on our TV channels.

2. Put your Website address or Point of sale address on your VIDEO-DESCRIPTION. When our audience selects a film to watch, then your film's description pops up, and you may tell them how to buy your DVD or other product here.

3. Publicize your film studio or Swag at the start/end of your FILM. If a person likes your movie, then they'll be encouraged to visit your website to buy a T-Shirt or other ancillary product.

4. AD REVENUE: We partner with FILM ORGANIZATIONS. IF you are a member of a group of filmmakers, then we can offer your group a portion of the advertising revenue. Please note that this arrangement is something we do on a case by case basis for FILM MEETUP's, Film Societies, and other organizations that have over 50 members, and at least 50 films in their library of content.

Q: Where can I watch the Festival's movies and TV programs?
A: On Roku, Android, and Amazon Fire-TV devices. Programming is free and it's free to add the channels and apps. (Buy a Roku/Fire for about 25 bucks, it's a one-time fee and you simply plug it into your TV.)

Q: How do I get your Channels or check out your TV-APPS?
A: Visit (Links on this page point to Roku, Amazon, and Googleplay.) See Rules below for direct links to our channels.

The Metro TV & Film Awards are International and support most every type of content from across the globe. However, we accept only ENGLISH SPEAKING (DIALOG) submissions only. Subtitles will NOT meet our requirements.

A content's Release Window(s) is not a determining factor for consideration in the Festival. Metro aims to encourage filmmakers, rather than looking for methods of exclusion.

We aim to promote you, not knock you down!




IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 26: Past, Present and Future of Visualisation, according to Aditya Vikram Sengupta

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 26: Past, Present and Future of Visualisation, according to Aditya Vikram Sengupta The shift from analogue to digital has changed the art of film-making, and also the mindset for film-making at the same time. “Digitalisation has been a game-changer. With the coming of the digital age, taking re-takes has become easier and visualisation has taken a backseat. The process of capturing an image is not real anymore”, feels award-winning film director, cinematogr...


CHICAGO, IL (October, November  2017)  The creative team behind, an online network where independent filmmakers can showcase their work, is proud to announce they will be accepting submissions for their new online film festival competition, the Various Artists Independent Film Festival, {VAiFF}. This unique festival was created to provide artists the opportunity to showcase their creativity and engage in healthy competition w...

FICCI conference: Digital content economy poised to see exponential growth

FICCI conference: Digital content economy poised to see exponential growth Digital content specialists outlined the future of India’s digital economy at a conference, organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, FICCI, in association with the Los Angeles India Film Council (LAIFC), last week, at the Taj Land’s End Hotel, Mumbai.  Fast Track India: Bolstering Growth in the Digital Content Economy, a Knowledge Series forum by the Federation of India...


  #DIGITALCANNES   Today, tucked away in the beautiful Hotel Eden on Rue D'Antibe was a very informational panel on the importance of digital marketing and strategic planning for the film industry. Kicked off by a selection of short films ranging from 2 to 15 minutes selected by the panelists, the 3 hour event was filled with useful information, intruiging dialogue and enjoyable films.  Benedicte Beaugeois from Film Festival Life stated, “The opportunities of ...

11th Annual New York Television Festival: Submit an original comedy TV pilot; land a deal with Comedy Central!

NYTVF's  11th Annual Independent Pilot Competition is now accepting original TV, web and digital series pilots, 4-60 minutes in ALL genres.   The NYTVF is like no other Festival in the world: offering indie creators year-round opportunities to submit, providing unprecedented access to TV buyers and decision-makers, and awarding GUARANTEED deals from top networks including Comedy Central,  A&E, and much more!   Someone is guaranteed to walk away with these deals.....

Call for entries - 12th Naoussa International Film Festival

Naoussa International Film Festival is in the pleasant position to announce the Call for Entries for its 12th edition. In the forthcoming festival - which will take place the period from 23 to 27 of September 2015 - exceptional short films will be screened and great ideas will be utilized thus confirming that the Naoussa International Film Festival constitutes a unique cultural experience.   Short films from all over the world, cinematographic tributes, activities for children, theatrica...

"The Martini Effect" to play Thess Film Festival in Greece!

"The Martini Effect" was selected to the 8th Thess International Film Festival for October 25-29, 2014 in Thessaloniki, Greece. Festival director Yiannis Zachopoulos received over 1,000 entries for this edition of the festival. "The Martini Effect" tells the story of a couple who is "underwater" on their home and unable to pay their mortgage due to some personal problems and bad choices. The film was made on land in Los Angeles and Malibu with the Canon C300 by DP/E...

"The Martini Effect" at FENACO Peru; Director Dawn Westlake to attend!

"The Martini Effect" has been selected to compete in the international program of the 2014 Fenaco Peru Film Festival held in Cuzco, from November 12-15, 2014. Director/producer/writer Dawn Westlake will be in attendance. The film was shot on the Canon C300 by Brandon Bondehagen in Los Angeles and Malibu. Underwater photography in Barbados was provided by Secci Films. "The Martini Effect" was scored on the guitarviol by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For more info on the f...

"The Martini Effect" to play Fesancor in Chile!

"The Martini Effect" has been selected to screen in the 22nd annual Fesancor Film Fest in Santiago, Chile in October. (It has been renamed "El efecto martini" by the festival director.) The film features underwater cinematography by Secci Films (on location in Barbados) and above ground work by Brandon Bondehagen, on location in Los Angeles and Malibu. For more info on the film and to see a trailer, please visit:

Ron de Cana Productions Wraps 16th Film!

Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. wrapped their 16th film on June 3rd, 2014 in Los Angeles. "Games People Play" was directed, written and produced by Dawn Westlake. DP Jon Carr shot on the CanonC500 and was assisted by gaffer Nathan Fetzer. Cary Daniels provided on-set sound mixing. "Games People Play" stars Second City legend David Razowsky and Mark Jacobson of the Samsung Mobile "Keep on Pushing" series featuring the Jamaican Bobsled teams. The film will be scored by ...

British Urban Film Festival launches viral ad

#BUFF2014   The British Urban Film Festival has launched a new online advertising campaign with creative that parades the films, filmmakers, personalities and brand ambassadors who played their part in the biggest British Urban Film Festival to date. Watch the ad by clicking here:   The ad, which aired December 25, features a montage of photographs scattered across the screen, each photograph having the hashtag #BUFF2013 to identify that photo’...

Craze Digital would like to request a meeting with you at AFM 2013

  Craze Digital is a digital distribution company. So what you will say? I’ve already been approached by many companies doing digital distribution and got very little out of it? We want to offer you a way to distribute your movies which is different from anyone else's offerings. For example: For a very nominal fee we can upload your movies to the “Cloud”. You don’t have to do a thing, and you do NOT have to license us your product and worry...


All information will be posted soon!

DV Awards 2012

The DV Awards is a new and exciting international competition celebrating outstanding creative and technical achievements in the emerging world of digital video production. From independent films, commercials, corporate communications and industrial videos to 3D animation, special effects and event videos, dozens of categories will be recognized.

With the advent and increasing affordability of digital video, a rising number of outstanding productions are not being produced in multimillion dollar film and television studios, but in small desktop studios, manned by a few determined and creative individuals. The DV awards were created to honor these individuals and their accomplishments.

Two Nominations for "Covariance" in Brazil!

"Covariance" has been nominated for two awards by the jury of the 2012 Art Deco Film Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The 13.5-minute film which explores the fantasies of two gambling addicts has garnered nods as Best Digital Capture Film and Best Actress for Dawn Westlake. Westlake was named a Canon Platinum Filmmaker in 2002. She made "Covariance" with generous support in the camera d...

TOOM TOOM TARA RARA " Life is Cool" by K D Babukishan

B NETWORK & Babukishan Productions Presents: TOOM TOOM TARA RARA " Life is Cool" by Babukishan A Mystical Reality Family Drama show with a twist....Babukishan brings a unique and modern story that circles between the spiritual realm and earth. A series that will enthral the viewer as each episode seeks to capture the audience with suspense, drama and humour while Babukishan's profound story sends ...

Festival #11 for "Covariance"!

"Covariance" will be presented in the Festival de Cine de Lanzarote from the 9th-16th of April in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain. This is the 11th festival acceptance for "Covariance". For more info about the film and to see a trailer, please visit: ...

"Covariance" nominated Best Int'l Short Film at Cape Winelands Film Festival

"Covariance" was nominated Best International Short Film at the Cape Winelands Film Festival Awards Gala held at Oude Libertas amphitheatre in Stellenbosch, South Africa on March 24, 2012. Out of the 59 short films presented between March 14-24, the five nominated were "41 Days" by Ahmed Aziz of Egypt, "Night Visit" by Piotr Chrzan of Poland, "Siggil" by Remi Mazet of France, "1937" by Svetozar Golovlev of Russia, and "Covariance&quo...

Call for entries spot - 9th Naoussa International Film Festival

Naoussa International Film Festival announces the call for entries for its 9th edition (27-30/09/2012). Production: Giannis Liolios -

Call for entries - 9th Naoussa International Film Festival

Naoussa International Film Festival is in the pleasant position to announce the Call for Entries for its 9th edition. In the forthcoming festival - which will take place the period from 27 to 30 of September 2012 - exceptional short films will be screened and great ideas will be utilized thus confirming that the Naoussa International Film Festival constitutes a unique cultural experience.   Short films from all over the world, cinematographic tributes, activities for children, ...


Ashley West Leonard's WHAT HAVE WE DONE is now available in hard and digital copy. The collectible magazine features the 2011 fine art photographs of one of Los Angeles' most prolific photographers, along with commentary on them by the city's leading independent filmmakers, writers, painters and poets. Ron de Cana director/producer Dawn Westlake is featured in "photoplay" in the chapters SummerGirl and Unstuck. To order hard or digital copies, please visit: ...

Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival

Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is the most prestigious indie film event in the Philippines.  The ten-day festival is held late July annually at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and other satellite venues. Grants are given for the production of full-length digital features -10 New Breed for newbies, and 5 Directors Showcase for more experienced directors.  Aside from the grants and the competition, other exhibition modules are held, along with a 2-day Film Congress.

Car Lights Like Tears

Director: Peter Hastie.
A lone soul looks for pity in the night. Text from an anonymous blog.


Director: Peter Hastie.
A woman's descent into spirit. Experimental film derived from video footage of an art installation by Kate E Deeming. While most of the techniques in evidence - dissolves, fades, double exposures etc - were in use within a few years of the birth of cinema, they are presented here in a context which highlights their potential within the digital era, serving the needs of an ever-expanding visual language. Threads was edited within a single editing program. No additional plug-ins were used. Music: Scope J by Scott Walker (vocals by Ute Lemper). International festival screening rights secured.