Extra: Twitch launches game show; “Pick of the Litter” to open Slamdance ’18

Amazon’s Twitch launches streaming game show Amazon-owned streaming platform Twitch Studios is launching a game show aimed at finding the next crop of streaming stars. Stream On will showcase some of the best and brightest ...
December 20, 2017

Amazon’s Twitch launches streaming game show

Amazon-owned streaming platform Twitch Studios is launching a game show aimed at finding the next crop of streaming stars.

Stream On will showcase some of the best and brightest up-and-coming streamers. Contestants will face challenges designed to test their streamer skills, and be assessed by a panel of Twitch judges.

Viewers using Twitch chat will help choose which contestants advance and which are eliminated at each step of the competition. The contestant who best shows their ability to entertain will win a grand prize of US$5,000 per month for a year — a total of $60,000 — in order to help elevate their streaming career.

Stream On will take place across multiple channels as contestants compete each week from their home streaming setup. There will also be a weekly recap of each series, as well as an elimination show aired from from Twitch Studios.

Video audition submissions are now open on the Twitch submission page, and Stream On premieres in March 2018 on Twitch.

Sideways Film’s latest sales

UK-based distributor and producer Sideways Film has made a raft of deals to close out 2017.

The internet bullying-focused film Rise of the Trolls has sold to ZDF in Germany; YES in Israel; TVR in Romania; ABS-CBN in the Philippines; RTVE and Crime and Investigation in Spain; ABC in Australia; VG in Norway; FMG in North America; Medialaan in Belgium; Voice of America in Africa; RTP in Portugal; IRIB in Iran and Olympusat for U.S. Hispanic.

The Price of Fairness touches on issues of economic, political, racial and gender inequality and what fairness really means. This doc was sold to YES in Israel; RTVE in Spain; RTHK in Hong Kong; FMG in North America; ORF in Austria; RTP in Portugal; IRIB in Iran; and ZDF in Germany.

The film Bad Hombres explores the migration route between Mexico and the U.S. under President Donald Trump’s administration. It was sold worldwide to Russia Today and DW; Yes in Israel; SBS in Australia; and RTP in Portugal.

The science film Body language Decoded takes audiences into the mysterious world of non-verbal communication. Yes in Israel; UR in Sweden; DaaiTV in Taiwan; RTP in Portugal; Ceska Televize in Czech Republic; and Globosat in Brazil have acquired the doc.

Sideways Film also closed a worldwide deal with Al Jazeera English for The Coming War on China together with Globosat in Brazil. The film reveals that the U.S. military powerhouse and the world’s second economic power, China, both nuclear-armed, may well be on the road to war.

Sideways Film and Best & Brightest production End of Truth, which examines the world of kidnap, ransom and failed rescue missions in Syria, licensed to VG in Norway; SIC in Portugal; Channel 8 in Israel; LRT in Lithuania; Polsat in Poland; RTVE in Spain; HRT in Croatia; and Bilibili in China.

Also selling worldwide is Undercover Jihadi, a film that follows ex-jihadi turned undercover informant; Body a La Carte which explores the rise and rise of cosmetic surgery; Foul Play, an in-depth investigation into football match-fixing across Asia; The Spiders Web which shows how Britain transformed from a colonial power into a global financial power; and Desert Coffee, which follows a squatter community in the Sonoran Desert, a place considered by the locals as the ‘the last free place in America’.

Pick of the Litter to open SlamdanceFilm Festival

Dana Nachman and Don Hardy’s doc Pick of the Litter (pictured) will open the 24th edition of the Slamdance Film Festival’s annual Special Screenings program.

The world premiere of the U.S. film follows a litter of puppies from birth until the day they either become a guide dog, or get cut from the program.

The Special Screenings Program at the January festival features the doc Roll With Me, directed by Lisa France. The film tells the story of a sober paraplegic and his goal to help his gangster nephew’s life by bringing him on a trek across America.

“This year’s special screenings at Slamdance are not about movie stars, big name filmmakers or hot trending topics. They share the common theme of humanity—highlighting issues of disability, mental health, the resonance of friendship, and the extraordinary resilience of human beings,” shares Paul Rachman, Slamdance co-conspirator and Special Screenings programmer, in a statement.

The 2018 Slamdance Film Festival will run January 19-25 in Park City, Utah.

Below is a summary of the films courtesy of Slamdance:

Pick Of The Litter 
(U.S.) World Premiere  - Documentary Feature
Directors: Dana Nachman, Don Hardy
Screenwriter: Dana Nachman
Synopsis: Pick of the Litter follows a litter of puppies from birth through the day they make it to become a Guide Dog and into the hands of a blind person, or… get cut from the program. The audience comes along on the two-year odyssey as the five dogs train to become guide dogs. Only the best dog will make the cut.

Roll With Me
(U.S.) Documentary Feature
Director: Lisa France
Screenwriter: Jeff Buccellato, Lisa France
Documentary Subjects: Gabriel Cordell, Christopher Kawas
Synopsis: After hitting rock-bottom, a newly sober paraplegic attempts to save his gang-banger nephew’s life by bringing him along on a 3,100-mile wheelchair trek across the United States. What starts out as a challenge to push an unmodified wheelchair from California to New York, morphs into a transcendent journey.



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