Viewster Online Film Festival - Launches Today With Over 500 Participants

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viewsterlogofestViewster, the leading international video service for free movies and TV shows, today announced the opening of public voting for their second edition of the Viewster Online Film Festival (#VOFF), a first-of-its kind online event attracting millions of video fans for two weeks of creative film exploration. Starting today, June 12th, through June 26th film lovers everywhere can join the Viewster community and vote on their favorite festival selections created by television and film producers, visionaries and enthusiasts from around the world. More than 500 candidates are participating in this year’s festival to showcase short films, features, web series and teasers with the hope of becoming the next big thing and taking home the coveted $100,000 USD prize.

“At Viewster, it’s all about discovering creative talent and sharing originality with people who value professional-quality videos. That’s why we created a forum where film lovers can access amazing movies and tv shows not typically found anywhere else,” said Kai Henniges CEO of Viewster. “The Viewster Online Film Festival (#VOFF) is a way for viewers to discover Viewster’s platform and connect up-and-coming creators with video fans worldwide.”

This year’s #VOFF features creative works that encompass the theme: “Relationship Status: It’s Complicated.” Festival participants submitted projects in all formats including short films, series, pilots and project-teasers from various genres, making up a total of 10,570 minutes of film. With over 500 participants representing 68 countries including France, The United States, Germany, The United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Brazil, The Ukraine, Costa Rica, Lebanon and Kenya, #VOFF’s second edition has already exceeded growth of the first festival edition with roughly 90 percent of entries produced between 2013 and 2014.


Viewster offers a completely legal, free and advertised-based video platform with its own online festival that is community moderated to encourage viewers around the world to discover and share original content globally. As the leading European video on demand platform for TV and web series, Viewster has a strong community of film enthusiasts who are eager to share and support quality video. For this reason, the #VOFF is the ideal platform for film producers, independent or not, to showcase their work.

“You might discover the Next Big Thing on Viewster, or an awesome series or movie from other parts of the world, said Henniges. “We have a loyal, young audience that lives in the Internet and is used to discussing and sharing what they like on social media, and our online film festival is the prime arena to bring these innovative storytellers and influencers together to discover and share originality.”

Video fans can join the Viewster community to watch, comment, share and vote for their favorite entries now through June 26th, and help identify the finalists for the jury session straight from Viewster’s platform accessible on the web or from any iOS or Android smartphone or tablet device, as well as through Chromecast. A jury of experts including Ted Hope, Nora Tschirner and Timo Vuorensola, will select the winners to be announced July 7, 2014 on

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Richard Kastelein
Founder of The Hackfest, publisher of TV App Market and global expert on Media & TV innovation, Kastelein is an award winning publisher and futurist. He has guest lectured at MIT Media Lab, University of Cologne, sat on media convergence panel at 2nd EU Digital Assembly in Brussels, and worked with broadcasters such as the BBC, NPO, RTL (DE and NL), Eurosport, NBCU, C4, ITV, Seven Network and others on media convergence strategy - Social TV, OTT, DLNA and 2nd Screen etc.

He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and UK Royal Television Society (RTS) member.

Kastelein has spoken (& speaking) on the future of media & TV in Amsterdam, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Brighton, Copenhagen, Cannes, Cologne, Curacao, Frankfurt, Hollywood, Hilversum, Geneva, Groningen (TEDx), Kuala Lumpur, London, Las Vegas, Leipzig, Madrid, Melbourne, NYC, Rio, Sheffield, San Francisco, San Jose, Sydney, Tallinn, Vienna, Zurich...

He's been on advisory boards of TEDx Istanbul, SMWF UK, Apps World, and judged & AIB awards, Social TV Awards Hollywood, TV Connect & IPTV Awards.

A versatilist & autodidact, his leadership ability, divergent and synthetic thinking skills evolved from sailing the world 24000 miles+ offshore in his 20′s on sailboats under 12m.

He spent 10 years in the Caribbean media & boating industry as a professional sailor before returning to Europe, to Holland.

A Creative Technologist and Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Metis) his career began in the Canadian Native Press and is now a columnist for The Association for International Broadcasting and writes for Wired, The Guardian & Virgin. His writings have been translated into Polish, German and French. 

One of Kastelein's TV formats was optioned by Sony Pictures Television in 2012. 

Currently involved in a number of startups including publishing TV App Market online, The Hackfest and Tripsearch TV. As CSO for Worldticketshop he helped build a $100m company.

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