[DAO: QmcLFv7] Cinematheque that can host 24x7 film screening & archive film paraphernalia

by 0xb5e34509cf4004ecb51392398d7c18b1d8a0db3f (Ravi#db3f)

Should the following Tier 4: up to $60,000 USD, 6 months vesting (1 month cliff) grant in the Content Creator category be approved?

Abstract

‘Filmrare’ is a Travelling Cinematheque that can host Film Screenings, Archive films & film-related artifacts. The aim of this space is to build a communal experience around cinema by encouraging diverse voices to exhibit their films and enabling different audiences to engage with filmmakers, Films & Film History.

The Cinematheque will host independent films across Art House, Genre Cinema & Diverse Upcoming Voices. The primary driver of the experience will be the curation of the films which is aimed to spark conversation and drive engagement in the metaverse around the cinema.

The entire grant will be used to acquire land(1 parcel) that we have recognized as a good location to begin our development. Renting land is both difficult and hard

Grant size

20,000 USD

Beneficiary address

0xb5E34509cf4004ecB51392398D7C18B1D8a0DB3f

Description

‘Filmrare’ will be a cultural destination in Decentraland with daily screenings & conversations around Cinema. While the primary focus will be on screening films, there will be sidebar events including Q&As, Workshops, and exhibitions of Video Installations. The first edition will focus on South Asian Cinema and feature films by leading filmmakers from the region.

The pandemic has disrupted and affected entertainment but more particularly so the independent filmmakers. The chances of attending film festivals and markets are becoming slimmer each day. We believe that a dedicated space in DCL could spawn a new age of community experience that has made watching cinema one of the best forms of art. As a permanent space in DCL, this place would host events, screenings, and conversations for filmmakers to connect with audiences, buyers, and investors.

We also intend to acquire rights from other cult classics and screen them as and when Metaverse Movies become more common. We have made some inroads with the rights owners of American Horror Classics & the Iron Dragon movies.

The intention is to have a 24x7 cinema hall where we publish a month-long program guide and users can walk into any show from any timezone. There will be filler events like standups & live music. Some of them would be ticketed events and most of them would be free to walk in.

Video streaming on Web3 is still not up to the mark with that of Web2. To solve this we are going to be working very closely with Protocol Labs(Filecoin) on media storage and HD delivery. We also would be developing a platform where it becomes possible to schedule screenings and tie them with ERC-1155 tokens that can be purchased to get access.

Our previous grant request was well-received(20 Yes to 2 Nos) but failed to cross the minimum threshold. We are resubmitting it with the recent DAO changes and hope to get approved.

Specification

The cinematheque has been built on a single parcel as a two-storey building that houses a gallery on the ground floor and a theater in the first. A demo can be seen here → Decentraland Cinematheque Preview - YouTube

The building is being built using Blender 3D models and the DCL SDK. We also have a screening site https://filmrare.com where we have used ERC-1155 tokens to provide access to content. We intend to use the same technology here for ticketed events where the token holders would be allowed to watch screenings.

Personnel

The team consists of the below three members who bring engineering, creativity, and industry experience.

Ravi Krishnan, Founder of Filmrare → https://www.linkedin.com/in/krcnow/

Mathivanan Rajendran, Program Director at Root.ax → https://www.linkedin.com/in/mathivananr/

Arun Karthick BAFTA Breakthrough director → Arun Karthick | Director/Writer | BAFTA

Roadmap and milestones

The roadmap for the project is as below

January - Parcel acquisition and scene deployment. Testing with BETA users for the multiplayer experience, live streaming, and ERC-1155 based ticketing.

February - Public domain movie screenings by creating events in DCL. Pitching to filmmakers and lining up the editorial. Pitching to film festivals. Early testing of screening plus socializing.

March - Key date set for the one month of Cinematheque screenings is Mar 15 - April 20, 2022. The headlining screening will be the screening of films by Arun Karthick (BAFTA Breakthrough India Honouree) (Nasir (2020) | NETPAC winner, International Film Festival of Rotterdam). This would be accompanied by other films.

April-June - Conducting events at scale with month-long programming.

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I love the idea, but we should not use DAO money to help users buy land.

Cinematheque that can host 24x7 film screening & archive film paraphernalia

This proposal is now in status: REJECTED.

Voting Results:

  • Yes 11% 221,512 VP (6 votes)
  • No 16% 332,003 VP (14 votes)