Viewster Launches Charity Version of Online Film Festival

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A new audience award at Viewster's quarterly fest will contribute $20,000 to a charity chosen by the winner

Switzerland-based VOD service Viewster has launched a charity edition of its quarterly online film festival.

The fourth edition of the Viewster Online Film Fest (#VOFF4), dubbed "Share It Forward," will focus on projects that “raise awareness around human rights, social, economic and environmental issues.”

The winning filmmakers, chosen by Viewster users, will get a share of the festival's $80,000 prize money. The new edition of the fest will also include a $20,000 audience award, which will come in the form of a charitable donation to an organization chosen by the winning filmmaker from a list provided by Viewster.

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Some 230 films from 47 countries are competing in #VOFF4. Viewster users will pick a shortlist of finalists with the winners chosen by a festival jury made up of producer Ted Hope (21 Grams), director Timo Vuorensola (Iron Sky) and German actress Nora Tschirner (Rabbit Without Ears).

Public voting on the winners kicks off Nov. 13 and runs through Nov. 27. The winners will be announced on Dec. 8.

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