Omni-Cultural TV Fest

Omni Cultural TV Fest in Partnership with NATPE and S.T.R.E.A.M. Global Innovations Make History with 14-Hour Avatar-Populated 3-D Live Stream Experience

Los Angeles, CA/ Dec. 21, 2020/ — Omni Cultural TV Fest (OCTVF) and S.T.R.E.A.M. Global Innovations joined forces on Dec. 8 on a groundbreaking avatar-populated virtual festival.

The Second Annual OCTVF was hosted in partnership with NATPE (The National Association of Television Program Executives) and S.T.R.E.A.M. Global Innovations, a non-profit educational organization that supports underserved communities. The all-day expo featured back-to-back panels, screenings, an award show and after-party in an interactive virtual world with personalized avatars.

“This year’s OCTVF was epic! Not even a pandemic could keep us from showcasing the new talent that we discovered,” said Cindy Cowan, Festival Co-Founder. “S.T.R.E.A.M. provided us with a superior virtual networking experience and our avatars allowed us to meet each other, participate in panels and the award show — and dance the night away!”

At the after-party, guests mingled with Kool from Kool and The Gang and Hanna El Bayeh, and danced to performances by Sandra G. and James Maslow. Vicki Barbolak (“America’s Got Talent”) hosted the award show.

The event was designed to connect a diverse group of filmmakers and creatives with buyers, distributors, studios and networks in a socially-distanced environment. Participants from around the world gave the event enthusiastic reviews. 

“It was amazing! I actually watched for 14 hours straight in my pajamas,” said Adeline Ferro, Executive Producer of “Mambochella,” (Official Selection/Documentary). “The panels were superb, the screenings and award show were exciting, and the party made me feel like I had gone out for the first time since the pandemic.” 

Geoff Silverman, Partner at The Cartel Agency was one of many executives who made successful connections. He commented, “I found all the creative talent to be fresh, diverse and ground breaking new voices. In fact, I am now in representation talks with a few of these fantastic creators.”

Hosts of the platform reported that the festival had over 1,200 log-ins, with 196 guests interacting and navigating their avatar for the entire 14-hour day! 

“These are impressive numbers and we were very honored to have been the official platform for this much needed event that connects the dots between thriving creators and their possibilities. This event made history for us both!” said Nikia Richards, co-founder of S.T.R.E.A.M. Global Innovations.

The Winners of the Second Annual OCTVF Awards are:

● Best Foreign Language – “Dia De las Carpas” by Joāo Dall’Stella
● Best Animation – “Fantomville” by Glaudius Studios, Puerto Rico
● Best Documentary – “What War” by Parvez Satter
● Best Scripted Comedy – “Winfield Historical Times” by Julia S. Cowle
● Best Comedy Special – “America’s Funniest Teen” by Corey Craig
● Short Web Series – “Hialeah” by Director David A Vargas
● Best Talk Show – “Trend Talk” by Bel Hernandez and Naibe Reynoso
● Film or Shorts – “Rosie” by Destry Alyn Spielberg & “Overkill” by Alex Montilla
● TV Scripted Drama – “Variable” by Chris Valenziano and Maurice Whitfield
● Best Unscripted or Reality – “First Week Out” by Isaac Fuentes

Industry professionals were honored for their contributions to diversity and inclusion:

● The Pioneer Award to DL Hughley
● The Legacy Award to Shari Belafonte
● The Visionary award to Maurice Fadida
● The International Icon Award to Guy Ecker
● The Circle of Excellence Award to Yancey Arias
● Trailbazer to Emily Tosta

Anannke Entertainment, Maverick Entertainment, Serquet Productions, DG CINE, Dominican Republic Film Commission, Hispanic Star, Latin Heat, TV MAS, Prensario Internacional, and El Nuevo Diario were among supporting sponsors.

Submissions are now open for Omni Cultural TV Fest 2021 at: 

www.OmniCulturalTvFest.com

www.Filmfreeway.com

“No matter what, we will make it happen for our filmmakers,” said Kiki Melendez, CEO of Latin Hollywood Films and Founder of OCTVF. “We are grateful to have found a new way to bring us together.”


For more information on S.T.R.E.A.M. Global Innovations or to check out their innovative platform, please visit streamglobal.org

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Omni Cultural TV Fest, In Partnership with NATPE, Will Host the Second Virtual Multicultural Television Festival on Dec 8, 2020

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Omni Cultural TV Fest (OCTVF) in partnership with NATPE launched its second annual television festival showcasing 60 selections from thousands of submissions worldwide. As production and special events came to an abrupt halt due to COVID-19, OCTVF found an innovative way to execute this year’s festival using an interactive platform at an all-day event on December 8, 2020.

The inaugural all-day event last year attracted more than 6000 participants at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. This year, OCTVF partnered with the nonprofit organization S.T.R.E.A.M. Global Innovations, creators of the “virtual world” platform that allows live streamed content and offers interactive access to guests. 

Using their computers, guests will create an avatar to “walk” through the sponsor expo, attend panel discussions, screenings and an award show.  They will be able to ask questions, network, and set up private meetings as if they were at the live festival. Participants using smart phones will have access to panels and shows.

To date, the festival has been instrumental in getting five projects distributed through ShortsTV, a movie deal with Maverick Entertainment, and pitch meetings with GRB, Disney, and All 3 Media, and fulfill requests to view participants’ content from prominent networks and studios.

Festival supporters include Anannke Entertainment, Nickelodeon, Viacom, A&E, Lifetime, The History Channel, The Nacelle Company, CBS Diversity, NBC/Telemundo, Spectrum TV1, Azteca TV International, MGM Television, NYWIFT, Greenlight Women, HRTS, Vimeo, Latin Heat, TVMas, Latin Business Today, Maverick Entertainment, Serqet Production, JEAR Entertainment, The Dominican Republic Film Commision (DGCine). 

“We are excited to partner with S.T.R.E.A.M. Global. First, we are supporting a nonprofit that promotes youth empowerment in technology, and second, we are offering our attendees a superior networking experience,” said Kiki Melendez, OCTVF Founder and Latin Hollywood Films CEO.

“I am eager to execute this year’s OCTVF! Our selections are superb, and we are doing something completely unique and positive for our global creative community,” said Festival Director, Elvia Barboa.

The panels are programmed by veteran executive, Jenean Atwood Baynes and include: Writing for Television, Perfecting the Pitch, Directing, New Media, Worldwide Distribution, Capturing the Latino Market, Surviving COVID in Hollywood and Celebrating Diversity with today’s top entertainment creatives and change agents. OCTVF features professionals from the industry’s ecosystem participating on panels and serving as judges on our Blue-Ribbon event.

“We have been showcasing vetted producers with show teasers through our OCTVF Virtual Pre-Shows all summer. Now it’s time for the world to see their work,” said festival Co-Founder Cindy Cowan.

For more and tickets: https://omni-cultural-tv-fest-2020.eventbrite.com/

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OMNI-CULTURAL TV FEST Slated for June 14, 2020 at the Directors Guild of America, Extends Submissions Deadline

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Feb. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Omni-Cultural TV Fest, the independent marketplace for multicultural content, has extended its deadline for submissions to February 29, 2020. OCTVF, a partnership with NATPE (The National Association of Television Program Executives) and NYWIFT (NY Women in Film & Television), is now in its second year and will be held at the prestigious Directors Guild Of America.

“We had an exceptional volume of submissions this year,” said Elvia Barboa, Festival Director. “And we are proud to once again showcase great work by a diverse group of emerging producers.”

The one-day festival provides a groundbreaking multicultural platform for independent content creators and producers to pitch new projects directly to industry buyers. The event includes screenings, panels and networking opportunities, ending with a red carpet award show and VIP party.

“Last year’s OCTVF exceeded all our expectations,” said Kiki Melendez, the event’s founder. “Eight projects were picked up for distribution as a result of screening at our festival.”

Award-winning producer Cindy Cowan is co-founder and industry veteran Marco Gomez serves as Executive Producer of OCTVF. New this year on the Blue Ribbon Panel and Advisory Board are Geoff Silverman (“The Cartel”), Catherine Rodriguez (Lifetime Television), Stacey Levin (MGM Studios), Gary Benz (GRB Studios), Griffin Gmelich (Whistle TV), Shari Belafonte (“The Morning Show”/Apple TV), Sal Velez Jr (“Black Summer”/Netflix) and Emmy award-winning director Mary Lou Belli.

“The OmniCultural TV Fest, filled with diverse, emerging producers, is right in line with events we want to align with NATPE,” said JP Bommel, President and CEO of NATPE. “Now is the time to be an independent producer in Hollywood with so many avenues to create new amazing content. We look forward to supporting all of the passionate creatives, who are the future of our industry, as we help put on such a unique event.”

OCTVF’s partners include The Dominican Ministry of Tourism – Western Region, Maverick Entertainment, Serqet Productions, TV MAS, Latin Business Today, Latin Heat Media, Prensario International, Hispanicize LA, Latin Hollywood Films, JCL Staging NYC and MMT Media.

Submissions are now open for the following TV genres:

-Pilots
-Sizzle Reels
-Scripted
-Non-Scripted
-Short Form Web Series
-Short Films
-Movie Trailers
-Foreign Language Sizzle Reels
-Student Submissions
-Animation
-Talk Shows
New this year is a Script Competition for Rapid Pitching.

For more information visit www.omniculturaltvfest.com

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Submissions Now Open For 2nd Annual Omni Cultural TV Fest 2020

LOS ANGELES, July 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Omni Cultural TV Fest (OCTVF) in partnership with NATPE (National Association of Television Program Executives) announced today that submissions for 2020 are now open. 

Filmmakers who submit early will have a head start in getting their projects seen by industry executives. The festival acts as a bridge to merge content creators with industry professionals.

Produced by Kiki Melendez of Latin Hollywood Films and Cindy Cowan Entertainment, this unique multicultural platform for independent content producers provides an avenue for promoting new ideas in all genres for television and OTT platforms.

Thus far, the festival has been instrumental in getting five projects distributed through ShortsTV,  distribution deals through Maverick Entertainment, meetings with Abrams Artists Agency, pitch meetings with Cindy Cowan and All 3 Media, and requests for content from prominent networks and studios. OCTVF received support from Disney, Nickelodeon, Viacom, A&E, Lifetime, The History Channel, The Nacelle Company, CBS Diversity, NBC/Telemundo, Spectrum TV1, WIF, NYWIFT, HRTS and Vimeo. NATPE has also designated an OCTVF tab on their website so that buyers will have easy access to view the 2019 selections and winners in all the categories.

In its inaugural event at the landmark Egyptian Theater in May 2019, OCTVF made an indelible impact on the industry, receiving 5-star ratings and garnering critical acclaim from filmmakers, sponsors, partners, executives and attendees.

This year, OCTVF will be going on tour through Miami, NYC, San Francisco, San Diego, and LA to generate buzz prior to the grand event which is set for the first week of June 2020.

Submissions in all genres of television will be accepted: TV Pilots, TV sizzle reels (scripted and non-scripted), short form web series, TV movie trailers, foreign language TV sizzle reels, student submissions, animation and talk shows.

For more information on submissions please visit www.omniculturaltvfest.com or www.filmfreeway.com/omniculturaltvfestival.

Submission deadlines for the 2020 OCTVF are: 
June 30, 2019 – Submissions Open 
October 15, 2019 – Early Deadline 
January 15, 2020 – Official Deadline 
February 16, 2020 – Final Deadline

OCTVF is a subsidiary of Latin Hollywood Films Inc. and the festival has designated Kids in the Spotlight as its official charity.

About NATPE

Celebrating over 55 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE continues to redefine itself and the services it provides to meet the needs of its members and the industry. What has remained constant is NATPE’s commitment to encouraging the growth and supporting the success of video content development, creations, production, financing, and distribution across all platforms. For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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Omni-Cultural TV Fest

Co-Founder and Producer Cindy Cowan Announces Omni-Cultural TV Festival’s Debut on May 1st at Egyptian Theater in Hollywood

The event supports independent producers as they present projects directly to television and internet executives.

Los Angeles, CA/ Feb. 12, 2019 — The Omni-Cultural TV Festival, in partnership with the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), will debut on May 1st, 2019 at the iconic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. The event provides a groundbreaking multicultural platform for independent content creators and producers to pitch new projects directly to legitimate buyers.     The day will include screenings, panels and networking opportunities, culminating with an award show and gala.

“This is an exciting opportunity for new voices,” said Kiki Melendez, co-founder and CEO of the Omni-Cultural TV Festival. “We are thrilled to provide an inclusive way for independent producers and industry leaders to connect, bridging the gap between creators and executives.”

Melendez and Cowan joined forces in October of 2018 to launch this
event.

CINDY COWAN is an award-winning film producer with Emmy nominations for Rent-A-Kid and If These Walls Could Talk, and the coveted United Nations Award for Savior. Additionally, she financed the film Traffic, which went on to win four Oscars. Cowan has recently signed a deal with Sony Pictures and has several other projects set up at various studios. Cowan has plans to branch into the TV space and will be announcing a series very soon.

Melendez, along with JEAR Entertainment, previously hosted the Latin Hollywood Films Upfronts in New York and LA with which attracted more than 1,800 industry professionals.

On Friday, March 1st Omni-Cultural TV Fest in Partnership with NATPE will be holding a Press Conference/Cocktail Party Hosted by OCTVF Exec Producers Julia Carias Linares and Meiling Macias Toro at San Juan Restaurant in the heart of NYC. It is an event that will offer the east coast tri-state area more information on submissions, partnerships and event schedule. For Press Passes Omniculturaltvfest@gmail.com

Kiki Melendez, will be available for interviews in NYC from February 27th to March 2nd.

View the promotional video at Omni Cultural TV Fest

Tickets are now on sale and the deadline for submissions is March 15. For more information please visit www.omniculturaltvfest.com.

About NATPE

Celebrating over 55 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE continues to redefine itself and the services it provides to meet the needs of its members and the industry. What has remained constant is NATPE’s commitment to encouraging the growth and supporting the success of video content development, creations, production, financing, and distribution across all platforms. For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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OMNI CULTURAL TV FEST
2934 Beverly Glen Circle Suite 262 Bel Air, CA 90077
Phone: 424-238-8890 – Email: Omniculturaltvfest@gmail.com

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