2014 in review … Media Bureau

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,900 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

New Jersey recommends and distributes A Journey into the Holocaust to 1,200 middle and high schools


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New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education recommends and distributes the film A Journey into the Holocaust to its 1,200 middle and high schools

* Every NJ teacher can receive a free copy of the Teacher’s Guide created for the film
* Every NJ teacher who uses the film will receive a free screening license
* Every NJ teacher has access to the educator’s only portion of the website

A Journey into the Holocaust, a documentary that attempts to answer why the Holocaust and other genocides happened and why they will continue to happen, has been accepted as an approved program to teach the Holocaust to New Jersey students. “We have approved and are recommending that teachers use this excellent film and Teacher’s Guide to help meet the state’s Holocaust education mandate” expressed New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education Executive Director D. Paul Winkler.

Visit the website and official Press Release here.

Media Bureau was proud to work on this film in a variety of capacities including producing and edit supervising. Thank you to Director and Writer Paul Bachow for giving us the opportunity to bring our talents to the table. We are honored to have worked on this project.

coPhilly becomes CoFund360 and posts Executive Summary


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CoFund360 Media Lab at Clear Nexus

CoFund360 Media Lab at Clear Nexus

Posted: Cofund360 Executive Summary. v1.3 (1.4 pending). Comments to the management team are welcome. Please note that this comment period will end November 12th. ~ed

CoFund360 Executive Summary 1.3


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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: