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Abel Cine Tech And Panasonic Foster Indie Filmmaking

Partner for second year of Digital Filmmakers Grant Program (March 07, 2005)

Abel Cine Tech and Panasonic team on Digital Filmmakers Grant Program

Abel Cine Tech and Panasonic team on Digital Filmmakers Grant Program

Abel Cine Tech and Panasonic have announced that theyre teaming up to support a second year of the Digital Filmmakers Grant Program to encourage the production of independent films. Apple is also on board to supply NLE systems.

Last year was the programs inaugural year and, as a result, 15 filmmakers were able to produce their independent projects thanks to the support of a Digital Filmmakers Grant.

For the 2005 grant program, four Grand Prize Winners will be awarded. Grand prize winners will receive an equipment package, with a rental value of more than $17,000, that includes a three-week rental of the Panasonic AJ-SDX900 camera and Fujinon Broadcast zoom lens, 10 hours of DVCPRO50 videotape, a 10-week rental of an editing package consisting of a Power Mac G5 with Final Cut Pro editing software, and a Panasonic DVCPRO50 VTR with an IEEE1394 Firewire card, courtesy of Abel Cine Tech, Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Company, and Apple Computer.

In addition to the Grand Prize winners, several more camera-only awards will be made. The rental value of these awards is more than $4,500 and will consist of a three-week rental of the AJ-SDX900 and 10 hours of DVCPRO50 videotape.

?Panasonic was pleased with the range and quality of the films produced as a result of last years program, said Jan Crittenden Livingston, Product Line Business Manager, DVPRO50/DVCPRO products, Panasonic Broadcast. ?We are anticipating receiving even more innovative, more creative submissions from filmmakers this year. In addition, we are delighted that Abel Cine Tech and Apple are again backing the program. Filmmakers need reliable, trusted support, and Abel Cine Tech is an expert at providing them assistance.

?There were such interesting projects that came out of last years program, that we knew we needed to be onboard again for 2005, said Pete Abel, President of Abel Cine Tech. ?The Digital Filmmakers Grant is easily one of the most effective grant mechanisms that Abel has ever been part of.

Applications for the four Grand Prizes and secondary awards are being accepted now through April 30, 2005. To obtain an application or to check out the projects of last years award winners, visit

Entrants will be asked to submit: a 1 2 page treatment; a description of the proposed post-production path (i.e., how will the project be edited?); a comment on the features of the AJ-SDX900 that suit the project; a copy of the script or rough script; and a sample of the DPs work, among other criteria. The Grand Prize Winners and additional camera-only grants will be announced during second quarter 2005. Each winner will be selected on the basis of the presentation of all key elements of the application packet submitted, the creative and technical merit of the proposed project, as well as the program partners confidence that the filmmaker(s) will be able to complete the film as proposed.

The Panasonic Digital Filmmakers Grant program will be overseen by Abel Cine Tech. Equipment will be procured out of Abels New York or Los Angeles location. Additional equipment for all awards can be rented from Abel Cine Tech. In addition, winners production teams will be trained at Abel Cine Techs New York or Los Angeles office in the operation of the AJ-SDX900 and will learn how to optimize the camera and post equipment for their particular project.

Panasonics AJ-SDX900 offers filmmakers the ultimate in acquisition flexibility, expressed in the operator-controllable selection of EFP-quality 4:2:2 sampled DVCPRO50 or classic 4:1:1 sampled DVCPRO recording, with support for native 16:9 wide-screen. The AJ-SDX900 combines in one camera the ?look and ?feel of electronic film, high-performance 525-line field production, and low-cost NTSC compatible news. It is also the first 50Mbps 4:2:2 sampled standard definition camcorder to offer 24 frames-per-second progressive scan (480/24p) acquisition, in addition to 30 frames-per-second progressive (480/30p) and 60-fields-per-second interlace scan (480/60i) capture.

About Panasonic Broadcast
Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Co., Secaucus, NJ, is a leading supplier of broadcast, professional video and presentation products and systems. Panasonic Broadcast is a unit company of Panasonic Corporation of North America. The company is the North American headquarters of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE: MC) of Japan, and the hub of its U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations.

For more information on Panasonic Broadcast products, access the company's web site at

About Abel Cine Tech
Abel Cine Tech Inc., New York, NY, established in 1989, is a Production Reseller for Panasonic DVCPRO HD and DVCPRO50 product lines. With offices in New York and Los Angeles, Abel Cine Tech is recognized as one of the most comprehensive and knowledgeable sources for HD, DV and film equipment in the US.

For more information on the company and its services, go to


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