SeeFlik Launches Online Competition Platform for Film Students, Grads

The online company, which has partnered with veteran agent and Endeavor co-founder David Greenblatt, wants to be a "farm system" for the entertainment industry.

NEW YORK - Tapping into the market for student films and undiscovered filmmakers, SeeFlik said Tuesday it has launched as an online film competition and festival for projects from students and recent graduates. www.seeflik.com

The company said it sees itself as the "farm system" for the entertainment industry.
 
Veteran agent David Greenblatt, who co-founded Endeavor and whose clients have included James Cameron, Aaron Sorkin and David Lynch, serves as a SeeFlik advisor to contest winners. He will mentor them through the process of meeting agents, managers and studio executives in Hollywood, the firm said.

SeeFlik will offer two concurrent short film competitions, one the Judges Award and the other the Fans Favorite, initially two times a year and entirely online. They are open exclusively for students who attend or are within five years of graduation from accredited undergraduate or graduate film programs.

“Tens of thousands of emerging artists and filmmakers graduate from college each year and have few options other than the traditional film festivals to have their voices heard," said SeeFlik CEO Larry Meli. "Now, for the first time, SeeFlik will provide an online showcase and film festival for their work and give them an opportunity to fast forward their careers and become the next great filmmaker." 

Added Greenblatt: "Before SeeFlik it took much effort to get a film shown to an industry audience. Now with SeeFlik there is a unique showcase providing easy access for talent to have their work seen by buyers and sellers."

The Fans Favorite competition will use American Idol-style voting. Short films in the Judges Award category will be determined by SeeFlik’s panel of judges, including Michael London (Sideways), Shane Black (Lethal Weapon), Angelo Pizzo (Hoosiers), Keir Pearson (Hotel Rwanda), Robert Kamen (Karate Kid) and Suzanne de Passe (Lonesome Dove).

SeeFlik said it will offer $25,000 in prize money for each of the two categories in each competition and a winner’s showcase for talent agencies and studios.

The company touted a close association with film schools, including at American University, Arizona State University, Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, UCLA and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, that it said will streamline connecting students and alumni to its site.

SeeFlik is launching with operating capital of just over $1 million, which was funded by Wall Street executives Adam Wachter and Jeff Parket who serve as COO and CFO, respectively, and other investors.

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