IMDb HEADS TO THE 2017 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
WITH KEVIN SMITH, TOP CELEBRITIES,
THE IMDb STARmeter AWARD AND AMAZON VIDEO DIRECT
IMDb’s coverage of the 2017 festival will include original celebrity video interviews filmed in The IMDb Studio and hosted by Kevin Smith, the presentation of the annual IMDb STARmeter Award to Peter Dinklage and Col Needham’s 50th Birthday party
IMDb and Amazon Video Direct will host the new Filmmaker Discovery Lounge designed to educate filmmakers on self-publishing and distribution opportunities via Amazon, IMDb and Withoutabox
SEATTLE, WA. – January 11, 2017 – IMDb, the #1 movie website in the world, today announced that filmmaker Kevin Smith will host four days (January 20-23, 2017) of original celebrity video interviews and other exclusive film festival coverage in the third annual IMDb Studio (#IMDbStudio) at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. IMDb’s 2017 Sundance Film Festival presence will also include the presentation of an IMDb STARmeter award to Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, Rememory) at a private event on Monday, January 23 followed by an industry party later that night to celebrate the 50th birthday of Col Needham, IMDb’s Founder and CEO.
“We are proud to be an official sponsor of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, which exclusively relies on IMDb’s Withoutabox to manage film festival submissions,” said Col Needham, IMDb’s Founder and CEO. “2017 will be our most significant film festival presence ever because Kevin Smith, a Sundance Film Festival legend, will be conducting four days of celebrity interviews in The IMDb Studio on Main Street. We are also thrilled that Peter Dinklage, star of Game of Thrones, the #1 TV show of 2016 and the previous four years as determined by the page views of IMDb’s more than 250 million monthly customers worldwide, will be accepting the IMDb STARmeter Award.”
Kevin Smith is back by popular demand after hosting talent interviews aboard The IMDb Yacht (#IMDboat) at San Diego Comic-Con® International 2016. IMDb’s vision for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival is to give its hundreds of millions of customers all over the world a virtual front row seat while providing celebrities with an oasis from which they can promote their Sundance Film Festival titles. IMDb will be also be collaborating with Amazon Video Direct to create an educational opportunity for filmmaker customers who can come to The IMDb Studio to learn more about the unique and powerful ways they can effectively self-publish, distribute and promote their work on IMDb, IMDbPro, Withoutabox and Prime Video.
“I started my career with Clerks at the Sundance Film Festival in 1994 and I might’ve finished my career with Yoga Hosers in Park City last year,” said Kevin Smith. “I look forward to starting a new career as a guy who talks to talented people at the Sundance Film Festival this year! I had an IMDblast this summer with all my IMDbuddies on the IMDboat at Comic-Con. I can’t wait to get IMDback with them and talk to the IMDbeautiful people in Park City.”