Withoutabox launches submission system

New site intended to replace DVD screeners for film fests

Withoutabox, a division of IMDb.com, is launching a new service that will allow filmmakers to submit their work to festivals via the Internet.

Instead of submitting DVD screeners to festivals, rights-holders will be able to upload a film to Secure Online Screeners, which the fests can then access through secured accounts.

"With this innovation, we now offer a complete, Internet-only festival submission," David Straus, co-founder and CEO of Withoutabox, said. "This includes online applications, fee payments, press kits and now Secure Online Screeners, providing a complete submission and previewing solution."

Secure Online Screeners is securely hosted by IMDb, and access is strictly limited to the filmmaker and the festivals to which he or she submits. Links to screeners can only be accessed through secured Withoutabox accounts via specifically created URLs, which cannot be forwarded or shared outside of authorized users.

Film festival judges may view the films online simultaneously, eliminating the problem of geographical limitations, and the films are able to be viewed in full-screen at the quality which the filmmaker provides.

Secure Online Screeners is free to any film festivals utilizing the Withoutabox International Film Festival Submissions System. For filmmakers, uploading films is free and self-service. The first Secure Online Screeners submission of every film is also free, and then every submission is $2.95.