zondag 26 juni 2011


As you may have noticed, I’ve been into the CROWDFUNDING subject quite a bit lately, and have, among other things, supported filmmakers to raise funds for their film projects that way. 
At the moment I am collaborating with the Berlin based director/producer Claudia Rorarius to organise and promote the theatrical and DVD release of her Film CHI L’HA VISTO – WHO SAW HIM
The story follows its protagonist, Gianni Meurer, on a trip from Berlin to Italy. There, Gianni, a man in his early thirties, wants to search for his father, whom he has last seen 25 years ago. Aside from faded childhood memories, all Gianni has left from his father are a few letters and a photo. Gianni shows this photo to everyone he meets on his way to Rome, because that is where he believes his father to be.
In August 2011, CHI L’HA VISTO – WHO SAW HIM will premiere in German cinemas and inspire many people, notably indie-filmmakers, road movie- and drama enthusiasts, friends of the Italian Cinema, people in search of their true identity, homosexuals and lesbians or people with bi-national background. 
Subsequent to it’s German theatrical premiere the film is to be released for international audiences and will be marketed internationally via DVD and download. 
For this last tour de force we are still lacking the necessary change. Therefore we have launched a crowdfunding campaign on startnext for our German speaking fans. Additionally, for our audiences outside Germany, we are running an international campaign on IndieGoGo.
We need to raise a total of about EUR 15.000 to be able to produce the necessary film copies, create subtitles, produce various promotional materials (posters, postcards, trailers, etc.), record audio comments, author the DVD and to organise press screenings etc.
If you are able to support this project, please click on the widget below or spread this article among your friends on facebook and twitter or via email. For your financial support we offer some nice perks, such as a personalised „Thank-You“-video from our leading actor Gianni Meurer, a signed film poster, a DVD, an invitation to the opening night or even a dinner with the director.
Feel free to follow CHI L’HA VISTO – WHO SAW HIM on Facebook or stay up-to-date viaTwitter. In a few days there also will be a blog online, where you can find all the news about the theatrical release and the funding.
Until then, all that’s left for me to do is to show you the video to our crowdfunding campaign (including a trailer):

Payoff: This guestpost is a translation of the original german text "CHI L'HA VISTO in die Kinos bringen!" by Wolfgang Gumpelmaier, translated by Spoxx.

maandag 20 juni 2011

Global Strategic Management Institute Presents Startup Competition, VentureEngine, at Enterprise Tomorrow Conference

A competition geared for companies and products focused on
innovative enterprise software and technologies

San Francisco, CA: GSMI announced today the launch of their first ever start up contest VentureEngine, which will be geared towards startups in the enterprise software and technologies market within the following 5 themes; Collaboration, Social Communications, Crowdsourcing, Enterprise Mobility and Gamification. The competition is part of the Enterprise Tomorrow Conferencebbeing held in San Francisco on September 13-15th, and will give the 7 chosen finalists the opportunity to present their idea in front of a panel of investors and VC’s in order to win the cash grand prize.

The VentureEngine Startup Competition offers a unique opportunity to those selected and unlike other launch events, there is no application fee. The VentureEngine Competition will highlight emerging companies by throwing them in front of our panel of industry experts and investors to judge their groundbreaking technologies, products and services. Each finalist will then have 5 minutes to pitch their idea followed by two minutes of Q and A and panelist feedback. Only seven of the most innovative and disruptive companies will make the cut, and only two will win. A cash prize will be awarded to both the judge’s pick and the audience’s favorite presentation. If selected, finalists will receive:

o Opportunity to pitch publicly to investors, corporate buyers and the media
o Two free passes to the event
o Highlighted exposure
o Listed in event material, social media marketing and press releases
o 30in Exhibitor table top with internet access and space for a sign
o Chance to win cash grand prize and fan favorite prize! 888.409.4418

Startups that would like to be considered for VentureEngine, please visit www.ventureenginestartup.com, fill out the application form and wait patiently to be contacted about your entry. The VentureEngine Startup Competition will debut at the Enterprise Tomorrow Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco, CA on September 13-15 2011. For more information on VentureEngine and the Enterprise Tomorrow conference please visit us online at www.enterprisetomorrow.com or call 888.40-.4418 ext. 10.

Companies must launch a working version of product at VentureEngine (companies presenting products that have been released for more than 6 months will not be accepted), must be at the startup phase and received Angel, Series A funding or less to be eligible. Visit ventureenginestartup.com for more information regarding eligibility.

About GSMI:
GSMI is dedicated to creating rich environments for learning, networking and ensuring their attendees have great experiences. GSMI hosts dozens of summits, around the world, each year. They are leaders in their industry and strive to always provide the best, most relevant speakers, quality workshops and the right environment to both network and learn.