The worlds first Crowdfunding Accelerator ~ CoPhilly #PHLMade Demo Day

Get to Demo Day!

Get to Demo Day!

We are proud to claim this fact. Yes it is true. With a sophisticated and unique curriculum and a torrent of interest, we launched in 2014 the worlds first crowdfunding accelerator. What does this mean?

Read the Technically Philly article here to find out: Inside coPhilly’s #PHLMade Demo Day. The daylong event showcased more than 20 early-stage companies, including members of the coPhilly accelerator program.

~ ed

Submissions for Philadelphia Independent Film Festival #8 are Open!! New Dates ~ April 17-25, 2015. We are part of Philly Tech Week!

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Welcome to Festival #8!

Philadelphia Independent Film Festival #8
Submit here:Submit to festival #8.

NEWS ~ We are proud to take part in the upcoming Philly Tech Week April 17th – 25th, 2015. This is a huge move for us and we feel the gap left when the Philadelphia Film Festival left in April to move to October has never been filled. After years of people asking us to do just that – we are thrilled to take the leap. Submit here:Submit to festival #8.

We will screen for 8 days (3 more than previous years) and will have more events planned than usual – daily. These events include product demonstrations, roundtables, discussions, and of course gatherings. We will continue to provide ground floor opportunities to the local and international film community we serve and will never stray from our roots. Some people say we stick to close to our roots, well we do! Access for all is what we think a festival should be and our past years show this is what you all want. We hope to see you out.

Submit here:Submit to festival #8.

CoPhilly.com ~ The first crowdfunding accelerator. #crowdsourcing

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#crowdsourcing #crowdfunding #TAN

Thinking different …   Enabling the Unthinkable

Update: address: 2401 Walnut Street Philadelphia, Pa 19103. @ CityCoHo / Nexus. ~~ cophilly.com
coPhilly is a unique and hand’s on start-up crowdfunding accelerator program based out of Philadelphia http://citycoho.com/ in Philadelphia, PA. CoPhilly accepts startups, nonprofits, creative’s, makers and small business owners seeking $10K – $1M in seed or growth capital into 10-week programs that culminates with a Business Demonstration Weekend through weekly workshops via hands on teaching, original curriculum development, business strategy and management, business mentoring, and digital media strategy.

We are excited to be working regularly on the next 10 week intake in February. Come by Nexus to discuss why this disruptive fundraising process is enabling the making and creative economies to, once and for all, strike out on their own.  ~ ed

Congratulations on the 7th Year of the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival

We want to thank you all for making the seventh year of the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival so special. Thank you to the volunteers who made this happen. Thank you to Actor / filmmaker Melissa O’Donnell for chairing this years program team and holding the Underground Film Forum court. Thank you to the winners and all of the Official Selections.

This year saw remarkable movement to a more solid and grounded festival. At the top of the list is our first attempt to work with a fiscal sponsor, pifva.org. We are proud to continue our tradition of fitting films to venues by adding  new venues (Clay Studio, Benjamin’s Desk and ImpactHubPhilly.com) and hosting sold out speaking events (Sean McKnights SAG/Aftra discussions) among many other talk back’s (who will forget the National Constitution Center’s lobby discussions?). We are especially proud to continue to host filmmakers from all over the world including Hong Kong, England, Germany, Spain, Japan, France, Canada, LA, NYC, Wisconsin, Atlanta, New Jersey, Delaware, and more.

The festival grew past its roots this year. PIFF Moscow launched to great success. Thank you to Mike Lass and Ksenia. We took Credit Cards for the first time! We used advanced ticket sales for the first time and even worked with a festival consultant (Thom Cardwell). We signed on a Volunteer Coordinator (Dana Michael) and this year our Volunteer team had two training sessions prior to the festival. Do you miss training on the fly? :)

We can’t wait to be back for festival #8 already being planned! The festival will be held on June 24 – 28th. Although that might change as we are discussing working with a few events in the city. Stay tuned for that.

Submissions fire back up October 1st, 2013. That’s right around the corner!

Thank you again and we look forward to the next installment of the festival.

Benjamin F. Barnett
Festival Founder / Director

 

Thank you to long time sponsors: Adobe, PhilaActing.com, DahDay.com, Producers Association, mediabureau.com, Plays & Players, and gearstuff.com.

 

 

Philadelphia Independent Film Festival receives a Philadelphia Cultural Fund Grant!

We are happy to announce that we received a Cultural Fund Grant of $2,400.  We would like to graciously thank the Philadelphia Art Community and District 1 Councilmen Mark Squilla. Thank you for encouragement and support. We have been traveling the globe and the web to discover and connect different artists and filmmakers who work to see beyond “what is” and instead look to explore, create, and then screen. This form of Independent film making often takes the viewer beyond the boundaries normally experienced in the theater. Either way, it is sure to make you think ;)

We’ll see you June 25-29, 2014 for the 7th annual festival. The Box office is at Plays & Players Theater at 1714 Delancey St, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Thank you again Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund!

~ Benjamin F. Barnett  Festival Director #piff #uff #Pi7

Philadelphia Independent Film Festival Opens 2014 submissions!

Hello and welcome back. It’s official. As of October 1st we have opened submissions for the 7th annual festival. We will be holding the festival June 25 – 29, 2014. Use this link <a href=”http://bit.ly/PIFF7″>PIFF 7 </a>to submit now and get the discussion going.  We are really looking forward to festival #7 and in many ways, this is what we have been working towards for a long time. Thank you to everybbody who believed in the model.

If you have any questions about our screening process, please contact us direct or post to our Twitter and or Facebook feeds with any questions you might have. We have what I am sure is an unorthodox process by any standard but we feel confident that our process best serves the filmmaker. Essentially, our screening process is a peer to peer approach to programming a film festival that has no genre agenda when it is initiated.

As we have for the past 6 years, we use withoutabox.com to communicate with filmmakers and collect submissions. If you have any questions about the withoutabox.com service and how we utilize it, please feel free to ask.

If you haven’t already signed up to the festival mailing list, you can do so here:

The Cycle of Age. by Benjamin Barnett

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The cycle of aging (humanoid circa 2013) described in “age brackets” that which humans self define based on above average life expectancy and interest.  This includes “health” and an individual, group, eco-system enabling “path” pattern. Each bracket is a specific state of time that a human can concentrate on to accomplish specific or non-specific goals and reasonably expect to accomplish them.

** disability or occurrence of disability for whatever reason in life, later in life, not factored.

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  1. The Beginning (infinite)
  2. Birth – 3 years
  3. 3 – 7  years
  4. 7 – 13 years
  5. 13 – 17 years
  6. 17 -22 years
  7. 22-27 years
  8. 27-32 years
  9. 32-39 years
  10.                39-47 years
  11.                47-55 years
  12.                55-59 years
  13.                59-66 years
  14.                66-70 years
  15.                70-76 years
  16. 76-84
  17. 84-92
  18. 92- 100
  19. 100-105
  20. 105- 110
  21. 110+

 

Enabling a pop-up community? A few quick points to make.

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If the primary focus is (mandated) content choice and the goals are attraction and retention, then insertion destination, interaction, and frequency are primary steps. As well, working under the premise that a community has been developed and is capable of the interactions you are seeking, then a primary goal is to let as many people who know you have the content, know. Process: (target or potential target) details about the destination community.

We begin discussion with this outline in mind:

a. goal(s)

b. choice(s) (target)

c. frequency (destination) (schedule of posts and type)

d. capability (enabling of community to act on their own)

 

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Media Bureau, Digital Media Strategy, Advertising and Digital Media Content

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BarCampPhilly

Discussing DMS ~             Bar Camp Philly 2009

It’s exciting times here at the Media Bureau. We have long pioneered the use of digital media strategy and specifically user-centric content aggregation to sell and market (anything). We have always worked to provide maximum collaboration in a digital and dynamic framework. We have worked in the digital film and political market place since 1997, designing interfaces connected to user-centric interaction models tied into marketing ideas. We are considered pioneers in the field of streaming media as a viable content based business solution and have spoke many times on the delivery of content as a tool to brand, market, and sell. 15 years later we feel some of our original ideas have now come to the front of digital media.

Agility is the new martini lunch. It is in the market place where the cross roads of film, media, and politics intersect that we have been focusing our attention. The transformation from analog to digital. The following incomplete list represents a suite of ideas to work with when producing (digital media) content for the internet:

1. enable agility (as a brand/business)
2. enable users to focus on their needs as a means to the end (primary tasks)
3. enable brands to interact via “consumer demanded” technology (helpers)
4. enable control of the brand to a “user” (value prop) (user is revenue model)
5. enable ubiquitous and accessible market place(s)(buy/sell)
6. enable (on demand) eco-system (build your own sustainable community)

~ Benjamin F. Barnett

BetaLab.

ed x3 2013

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