3rd Annual Unofficial Google+ Film Festival (UGPFF) delivers the film festival experience to the world for free


December 11, 2013

From December 13 to December 15, 2013, the Unofficial Google+ Film Festival (UGPFF) will launch a 3-day online festival event to feature a curated selection of short films and web series.  The online and interactive festival will be free and available worldwide via the festival’s home on Google+ Facebook, YouTube, and the UGPFF web site.  It will include ten seperate 90 minute film and web series blocks, industry expert film panel discussions and interactive Q&A sessions with filmmakers throughout the event (http://tinyurl.com/ugpff3).

UGPFF is the first international film festival to engage audiences with simultaneous online and offline screenings around the globe.  As a companion to the interactive online experience, UGPFF will host and live stream a series of offline screenings with theater audiences in 7 cities throughout 5 different countries including New Zealand, Singapore, London, NYC, Seattle, Tijuana, and Los Angeles, CA.

“This year’s festival presents a tremendous opportunity for filmmakers to connect with fans as well as the industry.  Participating filmmakers from global locations will be able to answer questions following each screening in a Q&A session, without needing to leave the comforts of their homes,” said UGPFF founder Adam J. Cohen.  “We are empowering a community of passionate creators to expand their audience online and embrace their growing digital distribution opportunities.

78 filmmakers from 23 different countries are represented, with prominent projects including the web series, Darwin the Series, starring Karl Kenzler, and Christopher Gerson, directed by Carrie Preston, Slap starring Clany Brown and Mel Rodriguez, as well as the web series, On Begley Street, starring Ed Begley Jr.


For more information contact

Adam J. Cohen / Founder

Unofficial Google+ Film Festival



YesAsia sponsors the first ever Hong Kong Webfest

Online retailer YesAsia.com proudly sponsors the first ever Hong Kong Webfest, which runs from June 5 to 7, 2013. An Associated Project of the Consulate General of France and Alliance Française’s Le French May program, the Hong Kong Webfest 2013 aims to encourage local creators to produce content with transmedia tools and production models, continuing Hong Kong’s success as a creative hub.

In addition to providing informative panel discussions and project presentations by international industry experts about the world of transmedia and branded entertainment, the 2013 Hong Kong Webfest will also screen the latest web series from Hong Kong.

As the number one Internet source of Asian entertainment products for over a decade, YesAsia is dedicated to fostering fresh talents and encouraging creativity in Asian entertainment by sponsoring the first edition of this groundbreaking event. YesAsia is supporting the festival with a cash donation and offering discount coupons for the event attendees.

“We are truly proud to have the support of YesAsia for the very first Hong Kong Webfest,” says Festival Director Marco Sparmberg. “With their support, YesAsia is helping to shape the future of Asia’s entertainment industry.”


[Winners of the YesAsia coupons]

About the 2013 Hong Kong Webfest

 The first event of its kind in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Webfest aims to  connect international and local brands with local content creators in order to discover new forms of how transmedia storytelling can be utilized for brand building and especially audience reach. The festival comprises of screenings, panel discussions and Google Hangout sessions featuring experts from France, Singapore and China. The festival is an Associated Project of the 2013 Le French May and is supported by the Los Angeles Webfest and the Marseilles Webfest.

HK Webfest presents first awards and sends local productions to Los Angeles and Rome

First edition of the HK Webfest awarded two outstanding local productions and continues with trailblazing transmedia conference.

HONG KONG (05/06/2013) This year’s Hong Kong Webfest announced its first ever “Creativity Award” and “Newcomer Award” at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University earlier this afternoon, after several of the accepted webseries, microfilms and transmedia projects were showcased during the first day of the event.

The “Creativity Award” was presented to local creator Johnee Lau for his satirical cartoon webseries “Galaman”, and the “Newcomer Award” was presented to Kevin Tse, Howard Tian and Esther Tang for their trapped in a toilet comedy – “Lock. Poop. Flush”.

This year’s “Creativity Award” is presented in partnership with the Roma WebFest (the selected project will be showcased at the Rome event in late September), and the “Newcomer Award” was presented in partnership with the LA Webfest, which will also showcase the winner at next year’s festival in Los Angeles.

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Both awards where presented by Hong Kong Webfest Director Marco Sparmberg and LA Webfest Executive Director Michael Ajakwe in a ceremony at the PolyU Logo Square.

Tomorrow, on the second day of this three day event, will see panel discussions and project presentations by industry specialists and media professionals like Maryann Hwee (Executive Director of FringeBacker), Charlie Toller (Director of BrandBeatAsia) and Raffi Kamalian (COO of alivenotdead.com).

A highlight of the conference day will be Oonagh Chan’s (Head of Broadcasting Services HK Jockey Club) presentation of the Jockey Club’s Second Screen App, a first for the city of Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Webfest is an Associated Project of the French May and it focusses on local and international media formats, rising trends in cross-platform storytelling and new finance structures for international co-productions. The festival also is a forum for brands to get in touch with content creators for future transmedia and branded entertainment projects.

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Zombie Indie Becomes First Filipino Film to Adopt Transmedia Storytelling

Haexagon Concepts and Paper Boat Pictures Announce Collaboration

for The Grave Bandits

HONG KONG & MANILA (23.11.2012) Hong Kong’s HAEXAGON CONCEPTS and the Philippines’ PAPER BOAT PICTURES will join forces on a groundbreaking collaboration for Tyrone Acierto’s The Grave Bandits. The zombie horror film will become the first film in Filipino Cinema history to adopt a transmedia storytelling approach, expanding its story to create a universe far beyond the film.


This innovative project began with a meeting between Haexagon CEO/Co-founder Marco Sparmberg and Paperboat Pictures’ Vanessa Ulgado at the 2012 Fantastic Film School’s Asian Filmmakers’ Lab, part of the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival’s Network of Asian Fantastic Films in South Korea. The two saw the film’s potential for taking on a fresh, cutting-edge storytelling approach never seen in Filipino Cinema before.

Marco Sparmberg says, “Transmedia storytelling, especially for feature films, has yet to be adopted here in Asia. That’s why we are thrilled to see these filmmakers willing to experiment and try new ways of reaching out to their audience.”

Ulgado adds, “This collaboration will not only add content value for the audience through the expansion our film’s story universe; it’s also innovative in that it helps filmmakers explore new forms of independent distribution”.

After its world premiere on December 18th as one of the five films in the New Wave Section of the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival-Phillipines, the Haexagon Concepts team will officially kick off the core phase of the transmedia extension of The Grave Bandits.

The team will launch a series of events – both on and off the Internet – leading up to the film’s video-on-demand release in spring 2013. These events include The Adventure Tour, which will bring the cinema experience to rural areas around the country. 

“Transmedia is all about interactive communal experiences, and we want to give something back to the communities that supported this project, as well as celebrate the local film culture,” says Sparmberg.

“It’s very exciting to see The Grave Bandits‘ universe grow together with the input of the audience in the months to come,” says director Tyrone Acierto, “The real adventure is just beginning.”


About Haexagon Concepts

Haexagon Concepts is Hong Kong’s first transmedia production workshop/creative think tank combining interactive narrations with innovative media technology. Operating mainly in the Greater China Region and Southeast Asia, Haexagon Concepts aims to change the way audiences experience stories with immersive storytelling for film and new media industries.

For more information about Haexagon Concepts, please visit http://haexagon.org/


About Paper Boat Pictures

Paper Boat Pictures was established in 2010 by writer/director T.A. Acierto and producer Vanessa Ulgado. Based in Chicago, USA and Manila, Philippines. Paper boat Pictures is focused on telling great stories that are not simply artistic or marketable, but stories that also have a strong vision and sensitivity on cultural discourses concerning issues of gender, race, ethnicity and class.