we are running the Bitfilm Festival for digital film and we would like to promote Bitcoin - not just because of the similarity of our names but because we think it is a really fascinating concept that we would like to support.
Founded in 2000, the Bitfilm Festival has been showing digital animations and VFX driven films ever since. We were the first festival with competitions for Machinima and Realtime Demos. Since 2006 we show all films on the Net and let users worldwide decide by an online vote on the award winners. The festival happens on the Net, in Hamburg (Germany) and in one other city. After Barcelona and Tel Aviv, this year the festival's closing event with the award ceremony will take place in Bangalore (India). More info here: http://www.bitfilm.com/festival
Our idea is to pay the prize money to the award winners in Bitcoins. Many of the filmmakers may not have heard of Bitcoin before, but this is hopefully going to change. We will heavily promote Bitcoin as the preferred currency of our festival, so I hope this would help to spread the idea even further.
We want to run a crowd funding campaing and ask all participating film makers and all film fans who watch and vote for the films to donate some Bitcoins (or fractions of it) to our account. We will then share the total amount between the award winners.
What do you think of that? It would be great if we could get the support of the Bitcoin community for our campaign. And maybe some of the Bitcoin billionaires who not so long ago have spent 10 000 Bitcoins on a pizza would like to kickstart our campaign by donating a bit of their self-mined fortune?
Bitfilm Networks GmbH
P.S. Here you can watch some documentaries on past editions of the festival: http://www.youtube.com/bitfilm
P. S. And here are two articles I wrote about Bitcoin. They are in German but maybe some automatic translation programme can produce some funny sounding kauderwelsch out of it:http://www.antibuerokratieteam.net/2011/06/08/bitcoins-hype-oder-hoffnung/http://www.antibuerokratieteam.net/2011/06/15/die-bitcoin-rallye-geht-weiter/