My Own Private Hollywood (or MOPH, for short) is an independently owned film festival that travels from city to city
exhibiting short and feature-length movies and films from creatives all over the world. Each year, we select projects that are
fresh, illuminating and unconventional enough to not only showcase the producers' talents but also tell original
stories and captivate new audiences. Because we have yet to present our first festival, there are little to no criteria for
the content submitted. Rules and other guidelines in this respect will emerge in later years, after we receive ample feedback from
patrons. The objective of the participating creatives shouldn't be to reach Hollywood but to have "Hollywood" reach
them by sharing their stories with the masses, starting their own production companies and improving their local economies.
Currently, we're only accepting submissions from creatives in the United States.
Our mission [with MOPH] is to enhance the marketing, distributing and merchandising opportunities for creatives
worldwide, allowing them to successfully enter the entertainment industry without facing adversity, prejudice or nepotism. We feel
that if "unknowns" display their works in venues and arenas outside the internet, they can penetrate more markets,
capture wider audiences, discover merchandising opportunities not yet realized and obtain greater recognition. Their bold endeavors
might even influence other hopefuls to pursue their dreams as well, ultimately allowing aspiring moviemakers to lead better, more
Currently, there is no information available regarding exact show times or locations for MOPH. We're still accepting
content and organizing the event. Once we've received enough submissions, we'll start seeking a site [in which to host
the festival], informing creatives [of our decision to exhibit their works] and gathering patrons. We're aiming to
launch MOPH Year One by Summer 2017. Stay up-to-date via our social networking
We plan to host each MOPH event in an interior setting, such as a theater or college, although we are not totally
closed to the possibility of having it outside. At the site, a patron may pay $5 for a ticket [to attend the event]
and at least $1 for a food or drink item. The ticket pays for his/her admission from the moment of receipt to the end of
its course. A forever ticket allows a patron to attend MOPH for free once a year, paying only for his/her admission. Forever
tickets, which recipients may automatically renew every 10 years, are non-transferable and non-negotiable. Feel free to ask us
how to attain one. Upon entering the screening room, our staff will stamp your ticket, allowing you to
exit and return [to the screening room] if needed.
50% of revenue generated from ticket and concession sales during the event, sans taxes, will be equally disbursed to all
creatives whose content appears in the festival. These payments are their royalties. The other 50% will go to MOPH itself.
The payee of a royalty is the individual or company that submitted the [featured] content. The exhibiting creative will
be required to complete a W-9, after which he/she/it will receive a check of his/her/its earnings and, after the
start of the new year, a 1099-MISC, which the IRS requires the payee and us to file. The amount a creative receives in royalty
is determined by the number of products sold. For example, if we sell 200 $5 tickets and 400 $3 snacks at an event with
20 exhibiting individuals/companies, each creative will receive $55, (5 x 200) + (3 x 400) = 2,200
/ 20 = 110 / 2 = 55, whether or not he/she/it attends.
If a creative's work is chosen to appear [in MOPH], we'll ask if he/she/it would like to display a
resume, filmography and/or headshot at the site. We plan to invite not only patrons but also local filmmakers, TV outlets and
other such people in the film, TV and media industries to watch people's content, review their materials and converse with them.
A creative may also showcase and sell merchandise, such as DVDs, toys, T-shirts, etc., promoting his/her/its or other
people's work. Merchandisers keep 100% of the income they collect [from their sales]. After the festival, we also
plan to host a mingle session where creatives, industries insiders and patrons can chat and network.
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