CHRISTIAN MOVIE MADNESS
The First Annual Online Christian Movie Tournament, Connecting Fans and Filmmakers
SAN ANTONIO, TX –ChristianCinema.com, part of the FrontGate Web Network, is hosting the First Annual CHRISTIAN MOVIE MADNESS TOURNAMENT. The first of its kind in history, audiences can vote for their favorite films in a bracket-style tournament competition. Based on the NCAA March Madness tournament, ChristianCinema.com aims to bolster the Christian movie industry by creating an industry-wide buzz about audience-favorite films. Voting is open now!
Since 1999, ChristianCinema.com has made deliberate efforts to connect filmmakers with the fans that love and buy their movies. “We thought a social-media-driven competition would engage viewers, letting them show support for their favorite films as well as learn about new films they have not yet seen,” says Bobby Downes, President and co-founder of ChristianCinema.com.
The contest will be promoted on ChristianCinema.com’s website, Facebook page, and via Twitter, but it will also have its own site, www.ChristianMovieMadness.com, which is dedicated to promoting the tournament’s movies. Filmmakers, production companies, and distribution companies will be provided with a Facebook meme at each stage of the contest to encourage fan participation and friend shares in support of the film. Memes will link to that film’s voting page, so that their fans can make an immediate impact on the results and advance the film to the next round.
The tournament will have an industry-wide reach, across multiple genres. For the first few rounds of voting, movies will be divided into “conferences” based on theme: Faith and Theology, Bible Stories and Epics, Love and Romance, Comedy, Sports, Action/Adventure, Hot Social Topics, and True Stories. Fans can vote in a single head-to-head or continue clicking through to vote for multiple titles.
“We understand that audiences have not seen every movie in the competition,” says Jared Geesey, Senior Vice President of ChristianCinema.com, “so we are providing links to trailers and story synopses on each voting page, as well as the option to buy the DVD or watch eligible films immediately with Digital on Demand. At the very least, audiences will be exposed to more movies, meeting our goal to bolster the entire Christian film industry.”
“With our uniquely designed website, we have made voting as simple as possible for fans. We want voters to have fun with the competition and share it,” says Geesey. ChristianCinema.com is also sweetening the pot for voters by offering an immediate discount on the purchase of any film in the Christian Movie Madness tournament. Voters can also be notified each week of the winners by email so that they can continue to vote and share as films make their way up the tournament bracket.
Tournament dates will be as follows:
Round 1 – Now through March 12
Round 2 – March 19
Sweet 16 – March 24
Elite 8 – March 28
Final 4 – March 31
Championship – April 2
To obtain artwork for the tournament or the Facebook meme for a specific film’s head-to-head competition, contact Erik Knudsen at Erik@ChristianCinema.com.
Tournament Films and Conferences:
Faith and Theology
Bible Stories and Epics
Love and Romance
Hot Social Topics
Founded in 1999, when video stores rarely carried faith films, Bobby Downes co-founded ChristianCinema.com to connect independent Christian filmmakers to their audiences. The site is now the world’s largest selection of faith-affirming and family-approved films on the Internet, hosting over 4,000 movie titles in its database. What began with the sale of just one movie grew to include a DVD rental subscription program as well as digital video streaming on demand. Consumers could finally have a reliable source for faith-based films that are pre-screened to ensure a Biblical worldview.
To further the goal of connecting filmmakers and audiences, ChristianCinema.com also added movie reviews, news articles, a daily and weekly radio program featuring interviews with filmmakers, and a weekly newsletter that serves a variety of industry leaders. Bobby Downes and Senior Vice President Jared Geesey spent a decade and a half developing relationships with filmmakers, retailers, and distributors, whom they now serve with up-to-date movie news, an industry release calendar, a barometer for gauging each week’s most popular movies, and the promotion of films to 250,000 unique monthly visitors and 85,000 weekly email recipients.
About FrontGate Media:
Award-winning FrontGate (http://www.FrontGateMedia.com) is the largest Internet and events group, and marketing service, reaching the faith and family values audience. Serving as “Your Gateway To The Christian Audience,” FrontGate’s Web Network provides reach to more than 10 million people and 5 million email subscribers. The Event Network reaches hundreds of thousands of attendees each year. The firm also provides Faith-based market Strategy Development, Media Buying, Public Relations, and Social Management & Marketing. Founded in 2001, FrontGate received the Best Marketing Website and Best Faith-based Website Awards in the 2014 Internet Advertising Competition, and Standard of Excellence Awards in the Marketing and Faith-based categories in the 2014 WebAwards. The company plays a key role in the success of for-profit and non-profit organizations seeking the faith-based and faith-friendly audiences.
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