Film Festivals
By Maggie Cortes, JGoldstein PR
Feb 2, 2006, 19:03

The First Video-On-Demand Film Festival
- A Call for Entries -

Palm Pictures VOD (Video On Demand) announced today the premiere of the PALM PICTURES VOD FILM FESTIVAL, the nation's first Video-On-Demand Film Festival, debuting on January 17, 2006.

The PALM PICTURES VOD FILM FESTIVAL is a competitive showcase of four feature-length films on the Palm Pictures VOD Channel during each of three slated festivals throughout the year. VOD Viewers are encouraged to watch all of the selections and register a vote for their favorite film through Palm’s VOD companion website . In addition to generating awareness and exposure for selected independent films through Palm’s VOD Festival, the winning film of each competition, as determined by the viewers, may receive US Theatrical & DVD Distribution through Chris Blackwell's Palm Pictures company.

The PALM PICTURES VOD FILM FESTIVAL is a rare opportunity for filmmakers to present their films to a national audience and have immediate viewer feedback which will help decide which film merits U.S. distribution. Submissions are being accepted now through February 28, 2006. Both fiction and non-fiction works are welcome. Specific submission guidelines and instructions are available for download at

Chris Blackwell, Founder and Chairman of Palm Pictures said “Palm Pictures has always been at the forefront of technology and we are proud to be a pioneer in presenting the works of emerging filmmakers who utilize both traditional and digital platforms to a broad audience through this new and exciting initiative on VOD.”

Palm Pictures VOD premiered on Comcast's Digital Platform in June 2005, and now reaches 9.5 million households in 35 states. Curated by Palm Pictures, Palm VOD features the best of independent feature films, shorts as well as a variety of extras cultivated from the company’s library of music, foreign, independent and original programming. A free service for Comcast Digital subscribers, Palm VOD has consistently placed in the top tier of Comcast's robust VOD offerings since its launch. Comcast’s digital platform generated in excess of 1 billion VOD orders in 2005.

About Palm Pictures
Palm Pictures (, is a leader in the converging music, digital media, theatrical and home video markets, emphasizing a compelling slate of music documentaries, arthouse and foreign cinema, and original audio/visual projects. Palm Pictures was founded in 1998 by Chris Blackwell, the visionary who founded Island Records, Island Pictures and Island Outpost, and who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2001. Palm Pictures' entertainment properties include film and music divisions, Arthouse Films, RES Media Group, and

About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation ( is the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services. With 21.4 million cable customers, 7.7 million high-speed Internet customers, and 1.2 million voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable networks and in the delivery of programming content.

The Company's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, Outdoor Life Network, G4, AZN Television, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One and four regional Comcast SportsNets. The Company also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.

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