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Echelon Studios Collaborates with
the International Student Film Festival of Hollywood
on Making Student Filmmakers’ Dreams Come True.

Independent Film Sales/Distribution and Production Company Echelon Studios is increasing its involvement with the Hollywood film community, by contributing to the International Student Film Festival of Hollywood.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 Echelon Studios has made a deal with Festival President Robin Saban to offer distribution contracts to the winners. The International Student Film Festival, Hollywood offers student filmmakers from all over the world a unique opportunity to gain the recognition of film industry leaders, creating career development opportunities in their home countries as well as in the United States. The Festival provides a distinct setting for independent films created by students from various countries. It is unique in that it brings filmmakers the opportunity to present their films at the nexus of the film community, Hollywood. The main goal of the festival is to introduce the world to new avenues of artistic direction, the likes of which may have never been seen, were it not for the festival’s involvement. They want to be the liaison that brings together the different types of creative talent from every corner of the earth.

President of the Festival, Robin Saban is excited for this new development. “Finally our hard work has paid off. This was one of our missions to accomplish for the next generation of filmmakers. We are pleased to announce that our agreement with Echelon Studios will make a significant impact on our festival and is a great opportunity for student filmmakers. Echelon Studios will offer distribution contracts to our winners, which gives the contestants a greater incentive. We will work very closely with Echelon Studios to create more successful stories and discover new story tellers.  I would like to extend my gratitude to Gloria Morison, Eric Louzil and everyone at Echelon Studios.”

Echelon Studios has been making a name for itself in the area of domestic and international film sales. As a production, domestic distribution and foreign sales company, Echelon Studios handles multiple facets of the entertainment industry. Echelon Studio’s library contains more than 300 first run titles, in a wide variety of genre including comedy, drama, horror, documentary, psychological thriller, family, and animation. Recent acquisitions include the indie-hit “A Halfway House Christmas,” starring Robert Romanus (“Fast Times at Ridgemont High”), Ryan Dunn and Rake Yohn of “Jackass” fame, and Bobcat Goldthwait, “The Wrath,” a Horror-drama starring international recording artist Bertie Higgins (“Key Largo”), and “Point of Contact,” a supernatural thriller that has got critics buzzing.

Getting involved with the ISFFH is an opportunity to assist young filmmakers in seeing their projects succeed was an important factor in Echelon’s participation with the festival. “One of the positive aspects of filmmaking is discovering new talent – the process of story telling in all levels, writing, directing, acting, and cinematography is very wonderful and fulfilling,” says Gloria Morrison, Vice-President and Co-CEO of Echelon Studios.

For further information on the International Student Film Festival, Hollywood, visit their website at http://www.isffhollywood.org

As a production, domestic distribution and foreign sales company, Echelon Studios handles multiple facets of the entertainment industry. Echelon Studio’s library contains more than 300 first run titles, in a wide variety of genre including comedy, drama, horror, documentary, psychological thriller, family, and animation. Echelon Studios continues to expand its impressive library through the acquisition of a comprehensive body of films including feature films, documentaries and shorts. Through its experienced sales team and by its attendance at national and international film markets, Echelon Studios distributes its acquired films to both domestic and international buyers. In combination with the acquisition and distribution of these films, Echelon Studios theatrically releases films in select cities throughout the United States. In the coming months, Echelon Studios looks to begin production on its own films for theatrical release as well as for television and DVD.

For more information, contact:
Harold Golingay

Echelon Studios
818-500-1640, extension 11
818-500-1644 fax
harold@echelonent.com
www.echelonent.com

About International Student Film Festival

After years of work in film and theater and passionate about the opportunity to offer student filmmakers well-deserved recognition for their talents, entertainment industry veteran
Robin Saban
founded the festival focused solely on students in September of 2003.

The International Student Film Festival Hollywood, a non-profit 501 (C) 3, offers student filmmakers from all over the world a unique opportunity to gain the recognition of film industry leaders, create career development opportunities in their home countries and the U.S., and celebrate new artistic discoveries from all over the world. By offering a forum for international student filmmakers to showcase their films, the ISFFH seeks to bring worldwide attention to student filmmaking talent and artistic vision as the “international liaison” bringing together promising creative talent form all corners of the earth.

Participants must be registered in junior high or high school, community college, university, graduate or private film schools. Students compete with their peers (i.e. high school students will only compete with other high school students), is open to students of all ages and academic backgrounds. Non-student films will not be accepted.

Student films will be showcased either through their video and/or film presentations. English subtitles are required for foreign films or videos not produced in English.

The International Student Film Festival Hollywood is hosted and sponsored by the North Hollywood Art District, one of the fastest growing and developing areas of Los Angeles County. The Academy of Television Arts and Science recently selected the district for its headquarters. Over thirty independent theatres and numerous art galleries and independent museums permeate throughout the developing cultural district. NOHO Arts District is moving towards becoming the sister district of SOHO Arts District in New York.

 
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