We’ve always said that selling a camera is only the beginning of our relationships with our Digital Bolex customers—we are committed to providing screening, learning, and shooting opportunities for those choosing to use our tools, and leveraging the power of our huge and overwhelmingly positive community to give independent filmmakers a voice and an audience for their work. Our partnership with Slamdance for the 2015 festival represented the first step in this process; partnering with an Academy-qualifying festival that champions true independent filmmakers and gave our filmmakers the chance to show their work on the big screen. Many of our Slamdance premiering films have gone on to play film festivals internationally. Our women cinematographers grant presented by Hive Lighting, with support from Zacuto, Hot Rod Cameras, and Switronix, has already resulted in more than five projects being completed since its debut in March, and gives access to equipment to those with few resources to tell their stories.
These partnerships have been amazing, but we’re ready to up the game. We want our users to know that when they commit to Digital Bolex, they are joining a community of like-minded filmmakers who are eager to develop a sustainable middle-class of filmmaker, and that we as a company are committed to seeing our users realize their creative visions. As a company by filmmakers for filmmakers, helping our users reach the critical milestone of distribution is a natural progression of our company’s goals.
As of June 2015, Digital Bolex is happy to announce that we will be the first camera manufacturer to provide a pathway to theatrical and VOD distribution to filmmakers shooting projects with the cameras.
In the first of a series of groundbreaking partnerships to be announced this month, Digital Bolex is proud to be teaming up with LA-based Simple DCP to provide discounted DCP services to films with a “Shot on Bolex” logo in their credits. Filmmakers shooting on Digital Bolex cameras will receive a 5% discount.
The company responsible for ensuring the quality of films of Slamdance, SXSW, Newport Beach, and numerous other festivals, Simple DCP is an independent company run by filmmakers who care how your film looks up on the big screen. Simple DCP provided the 2K DCP for Digital Bolex’s Cinegear Showcase, and the filmmakers participating in the showcase will be able to walk away with their DCP for future festival screenings, ensuring a theatrical-quality version of their film is always at their fingertips.
More partnerships will be announced as we move forward, but keep an eye on our blog and website as details emerge.