Articles: Showtime Launches First Phase Of Alt.SHO.com Alternative Media Festival
   
 



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   New York - Backed by ShowtimeNetworks Inc., alt.SHO.com has launched. The site is targeting content submitters in preparation for its inaugural Alternative Media Festival.
   alt.SHO.com today began accepting original content submissions from digital artists, animators, directors and programmers to be judged by a panel of technology and entertainment industry leaders based on artistic merit and innovative use of technology.
   Deadline for content submissions is Nov. 15, 2000. A gala will be held in February 2001 spotlighting and awarding the finalists. Launching in front of consumers and viewing audiences on Sept. 20, 2000, alt.SHO.com will be the premier next-generation entertainment website featuring content created exclusively for the web by up-and-coming digital artists.
   "alt.SHO.com is not another online film festival. We created this
   innovative site to provide a high-profile platform for the advancement of this rapidly evolving blend of art, technology, and entertainment," said Gene Falk, senior vice president, Showtime Digital Media Group.
   "alt.SHO.com provides the medium that will enable digital media creative talent to showcase their submitted creations to the technology and entertainment industries as well as Internet entertainment audiences globally."
   alt.SHO.com content can be distinguished from that of its competitors by the nature of its productions. Whereas most short film sites only accept films that have been digitized, alt.SHO.com accepts entertainment shorts created using digital tools, and those specifically designed for viewing through existing Internet bandwidth constraints.
   Alternative Media Festival content submissions must be original electronic entertainment presentations in one of nine categories: comedy, drama, action, documentary, sci-fi, horror, family, experimental or toys/games.
Only the following electronic formats will be accepted: QuickTime, Flash (source only), Director Shockwave, Windows Media (AVI), MPG, Java Applet, HTML (Java Script, VB Script, Animated GIF) or RealMedia. To enter and for further information and the official rules for the festival, potential submitters should visit http://www.alt.SHO.com.
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