|By Dr. Laura Wilhelm
Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 6/13/20 – French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) has signed a licensing agreement with UK based ShortsTV, the world’s leading short movie entertainment company, to present select winning and finalist shorts from its 2019 competition on the channel’s North American platforms beginning next year. The announcement was made recently by FRFF co-founders Nicole Goesseringer Muj and Gotham Chandna.
“We founded the French Riviera Film Festival to celebrate short film and short-form content from around the globe,” comments Chandna. “ShortsTV has a shared vision and this deal marks a perfect licensing collaboration. Film lovers who could not make it to Cannes last year will be able to enjoy the works by some of today’s most talented international filmmakers on the channel.”
“We’re delighted to partner with ShortsTV in this licensing agreement to offer our award-winning filmmakers from around the globe an amazing platform to showcase their short films,” adds Goesseringer Muj. “We look forward to fostering a long-term partnership that hopefully will extend to films from our future festivals and to other territories where the channel is available.”
About French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF):
First launched in 2019 during the time period of the Cannes Film Festival, FRFF is an exclusive, intimate festival that recognizes and celebrates short-form content created for film, television, Web, and all digital platforms. FRFF invites filmmakers from around the world to participate in the two-day, by invitation only event that includes screenings, gala receptions, and a closing awards ceremony.
Attendees and participants include filmmakers, industry executives, celebrities, media, and influencers. FRFF’s prestigious jury selects Best Drama Short, Best Comedy Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Animation Short, Best Experimental Short, Best Sci-Fi/Horror Short, Best Music Video, Best Lifestyle Content, Best Fashion Content, Best Director Award, Best Actor Award, Best Actress Award, as well as a Special Industry Award.
ShortsTV is the first and only 24/7, linear and OTT HD TV channel dedicated to short form video entertainment, including movies and series. With over 13,000 titles, ShortsTV has the largest catalogue of quality short-form video entertainment, including award-winning and star-studded live action, animated, and documentary shorts from filmmakers around the world.
Distributed globally, the channel is available in 100 million homes across the US, India, Latin America, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Eastern Europe. It is available across the US on DirecTV (channel 573), AT&T U-Verse (channel 1789), AT&T TV (Channel 573), AT&T TV NOW, Frontier Communications (channel 789), Google Fiber (channel 603), and Hotwire (channel 560).
In addition to the channel, ShortsTV distributes a significant catalogue of on-demand shorts through video-on-demand on iTunes in 92 countries, Amazon Instant Video (UK, US, and Germany), Google Play (US and Canada), and Verizon and Frontier (US). Since 2006, ShortsTV has exclusively presented the ‘Oscar Nominated Short Films’ theatrical release in cinemas across the US and Canada, South America, Europe, India, Australia, and South Africa.
ShortsTV is owned by Shorts International Ltd and is headquartered in London, England. It is represented in the United States by Shorts Entertainment Networks, a wholly owned subsidiary located in Los Angeles. Led by Chief Executive Carter Pilcher, the company is majority owned by Shorts Entertainment Holdings with AMC Networks a significant minority shareholder.