Zee5 Global creates Global OTT Content Festival for indie filmmakers

Zee5 Global creates Global OTT Content Festival for indie filmmakers

Zee5 Global, one of the largest over-the-top (OTT) platforms for South Asian content, has launched a new Global OTT Content Festival in line with its vision to bring the best of entertainment content across languages to Global Indian audiences.

The Content Festival will give independent filmmakers, students of cinema, and young content creators a global platform to showcase their talent and find audiences in 190+ countries.

Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 Global, said: “As a global platform, we’re often approached by people across markets for opportunities to showcase their content on ZEE5. We’re thrilled therefore to be announcing the ZEE5 Global Content Festival, a first of its kind initiative across global OTT platforms at this geo-scale, to give aspiring and budding content creators a chance for instant global recognition.

“An initiative like this will not only bring to the fore hidden gems from different countries but also add vastly to our already rich content library, and I eagerly look forward to watching the shortlisted entries.”

Through the Content Festival, ZEE5 Global is inviting entries for content created in any language across fiction and non-fiction TV shows, movies, documentaries, stories, short films, music videos and more. The duration for music videos or albums can be between three to five minutes, and audio-visual content comprising of episodic content, film, web-series etc. must have a minimum duration of 30 minutes.

Participants are required to send in their entries to contentfest@zee5.com. Entries will be open for a month. An expert panel of judges at ZEE5 will shortlist the top 50 entries which will then be premiered exclusively on the platform. ZEE5 will also drive promotional efforts around the content globally on behalf of the filmmakers.

The Content Festival is expected to attract the largest aggregation of entries across languages from multiple markets.

Not only is the Festival a singular unique opportunity for content creators to attain global fame instantly, but it will also add vastly to the slate of language content already available on ZEE5, the media company said.

ZEE5 is the digital entertainment destination launched by India’s Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) across 190+ countries in October 2018. It has content across 18 Indian languages – Hindi, English, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Punjabi, and also six international languages – Malay, Thai, Bahasa, German, Russian and Arabic.

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