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  • Press Release

    Ottawa's Digi60 2012 Digital Filmmakers Festival F

    November 29, 2012, 6:57 am
    Powerful File Transfer Software Helps Entrants Ensure That Short Films Are Submitted Online Faster and More Reliably; Ability to Handle Any Size File Adds Time Back to the Creative Process

    November 28, 2012 09:58 ET

    Digi60 2012 Digital Filmmakers Festival Finds a Winner With Signiant Media

    File Transfer Software Helps Entrants Ensure That Short Films Are Submitted
    Online Faster and More Reliably; Ability to Handle Any Size File Adds Time Back
    to the Creative Process

    MA--(Marketwire - Nov 27, 2012) - Signiant, the market leader in intelligent file
    movement software for the media and entertainment industry, today announced
    that filmmakers competing in next month's Digi60 2012 Digital Filmmakers
    Festival in Ottawa are using Media Shuttle file transfer
    software to speed the submission of film versions for judging and screening.
    The unique competition highlights the extreme creativity of local filmmakers,
    screenwriters and production partners who must create short films with a
    "catch" under tight time constraints -- a timeline that cannot accommodate
    the delays and interruptions endemic to FTP and consumer file sharing

    this year's catch was revealed at Digi60's 'Catch Event' in September, the race
    was on as invited filmmakers and the Festival's Ottawa-based production sponsors
    -- Affinity, inMotion, Mountain Road and Parktown -- had just 60 days to create
    and submit their finished films for judging. This year's catch in the Scripted
    competition category requires that short films center on a reunion and include
    a rhyming couplet at either the beginning or end. Films can be up to eight
    minutes long with one additional minute allowed for credits. The judging form
    totals 60 points, with a bonus point added to the judging total if the film
    both begins and ends with a rhyming couplet.

    countdown clock to the deadline is merciless. For previous festivals, we relied
    on freefile
     sites, such as YouSendIt and WeTransfer, for digital
    film submissions. With finished file sizes exceeding 2GB, our filmmakers often
    experienced long upload times -- up to three hours -- and if transfers were
    interrupted for any reason, time was lost and they simply had to start all over
    again," said Festival President Kevin Burton. "With 60 days to make
    their films, every hour -- every minute -- counts. The speed, ease of use
    and reliability of Media Shuttle lets users focus more on the creative process
    and less on the technical aspects of getting their submissions in before the
    clock runs out."

    newest addition to Signiant's accelerated file transfer solutions, Media
    Shuttle provides an effective, easy-to-use FTP alternative with
    transfer speeds up to 200X faster over existing networks. And, unlike consumer
    file sharing services, Media Shuttle eliminates file size constraints and the
    inherent security risks of storing media in the cloud. Users simply access
    Media Shuttle through a powerfully simple cloud-based interface, while assets
    remain securely stored on the user's laptop or network. Onboard Checkpoint
    Restart features assure file delivery by automatically restarting transfers if
    they become interrupted for any reason.

    In addition
    to submission of film versions for judging, Media Shuttle will be used to
    submit final ProRes digital film versions for screening, a process that
    typically requires couriers or in-person deliveries. Films entered in this
    year's Digi60 2012 Festival will be screened at Saint Brigid's Centre for the
    Arts in Ottawa, and the public is welcome to attend. Documentary screenings
    will be held on Friday, December 7, 2012, and Scripted Short screenings will
    take place Saturday, December 8, 2012. For complete information on the
    schedule, venue and ticket prices, visit www.Digi60.org.


    The Digi60 Filmmakers Festival was formed in 2004 as a way to
    bring Ottawa filmmakers together to create short films in 60 days based on a
    "catch," and to provide a public screening of their work. Over 70
    different filmmakers have entered the challenge in various years, ranging from
    experienced producers to first-timers. Some short films created for Digi60 have
    gone onto other film festivals or have been expanded into longer films. The
    festival runs on shoestring budgets, volunteers and a passion for filmmaking.
    For more information, visitwww.Digi60.org


    Used by the world's top content creators and distributors, Signiant is the
    market leader in intelligent file movement software for the media and
    entertainment industry. The company's powerful software suite optimizes
    existing enterprise network infrastructure and media technologies to ensure
    secure digital media exchanges, workflow efficiency and superior user
    experiences. Headquartered in Burlington, MA, with offices around the world,
    today Signiant connects tens of thousands of media professionals in more than
    50 countries. For more information, visit www.signiant.com.


    Media Contacts:

    Lisa Clark

    VP of Marketing 


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    Mary Kae Marinac

    MKM Corporate Communications

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