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Sundance Film Festival Selects FilmFreeway as Its Exclusive Submission Service



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FilmFreeway Will Facilitate all of the Festival’s Film Entries Through
the 2022 Sundance Film Festival

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#Filmlt;/agt;–FilmFreeway,
the world’s most-used film festival submissions platform, has entered
into an exclusive agreement with the Sundance Institute to handle all
projects submitted to the Sundance Film Festival through 2022,
collaborating on a customized film submission process. The announcement
was made today by Zachary Jones, CTO and Co-founder of FilmFreeway and
Adam Montgomery, Senior Manager, Programming Department and Programmer
of the Sundance Film Festival.

Submissions for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival will officially open on
on June 3, 2019. Currently, more than 900,000 registered
filmmakers use FilmFreeway to submit to nearly 8,000 film festivals and
creative contests around the world, including dozens of Oscar®
accredited and BAFTA qualifying festivals and festival circuit stops
such as AFI Fest, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Edinburgh
International Film Festival, Miami Film Festival, San Francisco
International Film Festival, as well as HBO, NBC-Universal, and the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Student Academy Awards.

“We are excited about our collaboration with FilmFreeway, which has
established itself as the new industry standard in festival submissions.
As an artist-focused nonprofit organization, we put our filmmakers
first, and it’s vitally important that they have a reliable and
user-friendly submission experience. We have chosen to partner
exclusively with FilmFreeway because of their proven track record and
industry-wide reputation for excellence in user experience and customer
care. FilmFreeway’s technology will help us streamline our application
and judging processes for nearly 15,000 projects submitted to us each
year and allow us to discover, connect with and foster unique filmmaking
voices and diverse groups of storytellers from all over the world,”
stated Sundance’s Montgomery.

“A little over five years ago, as a small startup and even before we
wrote a single line of code, we talked of a future where we might
someday work with Sundance. To now serve as the exclusive submission
service for such a legendary film festival is a dream realized and a
true privilege. Since our launch, we’ve never stopped innovating,
listening carefully to customers, and building new features to make it
easier than ever to discover, manage, and enter film festivals. For
those efforts to be recognized by Sundance is the highest honor we could
imagine and a validation of our team’s passion and tireless work. We
have worked closely with Sundance’s programming team to develop custom
functionality tailor-made to serve their unique processes and
demonstrated for them the level of attention and quality that festivals
have come to expect when working with FilmFreeway. In the coming weeks,
we’ll be rolling out many of those enhancements site-wide for all of our
customers. We look forward to working with the many thousands of
filmmakers submitting to Sundance each year and making sure their
experience is an exceptional one,” commented Jones of FilmFreeway.

Since their inception in 2014, FilmFreeway quickly rose to prominence
and within its first year became the market leading submission platform
across all top metrics including: global web traffic, total festivals,
Oscar® / BAFTA accredited festivals, and daily active users. Film
festivals are on the rise around the world, as are those festivals which
help filmmakers qualify for awards contention. 14 out of the 15 Oscar®
nominated independent films featured at the 2019 Academy Awards®
telecast used FilmFreeway to reach festivals. FilmFreeway is well known
for its outstanding customer service and adoration from filmmakers. The
company is expected to add new user enhancements in the near future that
will allow their filmmakers to connect with distributors and have their
work seen by even more people around the world. Submissions to the
Sundance Film Festival will be accepted beginning June 3, 2019.


FilmFreeway is the world’s leading film festival marketplace and one the
most visible and beloved companies in independent film, trusted by the
world’s top film festivals and brands including HBO, ESPN,
NBC-Universal, Lionsgate, PBS, NPR and more. Every day, tens of
thousands of filmmakers, writers and artists use FilmFreeway to
discover, submit their work, and get tickets to nearly 8,000 film
festivals and creative contests all over the world.

The Sundance Film Festival®

The Sundance Film Festival has introduced global audiences to some of
the most groundbreaking films of the past three decades, including Sorry
to Bother You, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Eighth Grade, Get Out, The Big
Sick, Mudbound, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station,
Whiplash, Brooklyn, Precious, The Cove, Little Miss Sunshine, An
Inconvenient Truth, Napoleon Dynamite, Hedwig and the Angry Inch,
Reservoir Dogs
and sex, lies, and videotape. The Festival is
a program of the non-profit Sundance Institute®.

Sundance Institute

Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, Sundance Institute is a nonprofit
organization that provides and preserves the space for artists in film,
theatre, and new media to create and thrive. The Institute’s signature
Labs, granting, and mentorship programs, dedicated to developing new
work, take place throughout the year in the U.S. and internationally.
The Sundance Film Festival and other public programs connect audiences
to artists in igniting new ideas, discovering original voices, and
building a community dedicated to independent storytelling. Sundance
Institute has supported such projects as Sorry to Bother You, Won’t
You Be My Neighbor?, Eighth Grade, Blindspotting, The Tale, Get Out, The
Big Sick, Strong Island, Blackfish, Top of the Lake, Winter’s Bone, The
Wolfpack, Dear White People, Trapped, Brooklyn, Little Miss Sunshine, 20
Feet From Stardom, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station,
Spring Awakening, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
and Fun
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Strainprint™ Technologies Welcomes Organic Medical Cannabis Producer to Growing List of Subscribers



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Strainprint™ Technologies Ltd, the leader in cannabis data and analytics is pleased to expand their nation-wide coverage with the addition of Stewart Farms.

Stewart Farms is a late-stage applicant headquartered in Alberta that is building a 100,000 sq. ft. vertical aquaponics farm in Saint StephensNew Brunswick. They will be utilizing automation, vertical farming, and land-based aquaculture to produce medical grade organic cannabis for both recreational and medical markets in Canada. All of their products will be free of herbicides, pesticides and synthetic nutrients. At full capacity, they will reach more than 10,000 kgs per year of organically farmed cannabis and more than 200,000 kgs of organic tilapia.

Stewart Farms’ long term vision is to deliver tools and products to support  future customers and patients during their health and wellness journeys. “Through our partnership with Strainprint we gain direct access to their incomparable data and analytics tools. This will aid us in educating a wider audience on the medical benefits and best practices of cannabis-based medicine,” said Tanner Stewart, Co-founder & CEO of Stewart Farms. “We know our customers are looking to consume more than dried cannabis. We know Canadians of all legal ages are trying to sort through their personal engagement with cannabis as a medicine. What we want to know, on an ongoing basis, is what is and is not working for people. Strainprint’s patient-led data services will give us the insight needed to create custom products and further understand the benefits of our existing products. Finally, our goal is to partner with companies and teams that truly have people’s best interest at heart. Caring about a patient’s success is what makes up the core of the Strainprint team. We couldn’t be happier to move forward with them at our side.”

Stewart Farms will access the Strainprint Analytics web platform, the most sophisticated cannabis analytics platform available to improve product development. Strainprint Analytics is built on top of the largest and most granular scientific data set of its kind in the world, with more than 1.3 million anonymized, patient reported medical cannabis outcomes and more than 65 million data points on strain efficacy.

“We’re thrilled to provide our real-time, crowd sourced data to an environmentally conscious company that uses innovative, cutting edge farming technology to produce top-tier medical cannabis,” said Strainprint CEO, Andrew Muroff. “Our organizations are equally committed to improving lives using cannabis therapy, and our shared core motivation is to provide guidance and support to help cannabis patients achieve their health goals.”


SOURCE Strainprint Technologies Ltd.

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Field Trip Ventures Inc. Retains KCSA Strategic Communications as Public Relations Counsel



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Greenery Map, the world’s first and only cannabis search engine to allow users to search for cannabis products based on their desired mood, medicinal use, and method of consumption, is now offering users – both businesses and consumers – the opportunity to register and connect to the app in an entirely mobile way. Previously, businesses were required to access from a desktop in order to manage accounts and connect to the inventory API system, but that road block has been removed, allowing for an entirely mobile experience through the Greenery Map app.

App users turn to Greenery Map to help them decide on the strain of Cannabis and product that is right for them depending on their desired mood or medicinal effect. Following the matching, consumers are given a detailed history and description of the strain so that they can make educated purchases, cutting down on time that budtenders need to spend with patrons and speeding up the purchase process. Consumers can then see all of the ways to purchase said product, including the nearby dispensaries that have it in stock, online options, and even delivery options through the app. Greenery Map fully integrates with a dispensary’s inventory API system to update in real-time and give consumers real-time information on dispensary stock for the item they are looking for. The Greenery Map system also provides cannabis businesses in both the B2B and B2C sectors a private database to share and sell information and products. For Cannabis businesses, Greenery Map also offers the opportunity to open bank and merchant accounts through their partnership with PayHouse Consulting Group.


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WeBank, IBM and Other Organizations Jointly Held the 1st International Workshop on Federated Machine Learning in conjunction with IJCAI 2019



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Once a concept, AI is now ushering in a key stage of application. What’s the solution to the data silos among businesses? Given the enhanced regulation on data at home and abroad, what’s the solution to data privacy and security concerns? What’s the status quo of Federated Machine Learning and how to establish an ecosystem for FML in the future?

WeBank, IBM and other organizations jointly held the 1st International Workshop on Federated Machine Learning for User Privacy and Data Confidentiality (FML’19) in conjunction with the 28th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-19) on Aug. 12, 2019, to further discussion on these issues.

President of IJCAI, Chair of FML Steering Committee, Chief AI Officer of WeBank Professor Qiang Yang delivered opening remarks at the workshop. Dr. Shahrokh Daijavad from IBM and Dr. Jakub Konečný from Google presented keynote addresses. In the panel discussion, top scholars from WeBank, Bar-Ilan University, IBM, Squirrel AI, Google, Huawei, Clustar, Sinovation Ventures and many other renowned enterprises and universities shared and discussed their findings and experience in FML as an emerging AI technology.

This workshop received 40 papers, of which 12 were presented during the workshop, 19 presented via poster. Awards include Best Theory Paper Award, Best Application Paper Award, Best Student Paper Award, Best Presentation Award. Selected high quality papers will be invited for publication in a special issue in the IEEE Intelligent Systems journal. All these attracted numerous scholars to engage in discussions and join efforts for building the FML ecosystem.

Experts from IBM and Google Share Groundbreaking Findings with a Focus on the Theory and Application of FML

Privacy and security are becoming a key concern in our digital age. On 25th May last year, the implementation of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by the EU, the toughest Act on data privacy protection, stressed that user data collection must be open and transparent. A series of laws and regulations from China and overseas also pose new challenges to the traditional way of handling data and model for cooperation. Seeking ways for AI to adapt to this new reality became top priority, a demand that led to this workshop on FML.

A wealth of solutions and breakthroughs were shared by Dr. Shahrokh Daijavad from IBM and Dr. Jakub Konečný from Google in their speech on FML.

Besides how FML can help tackle challenges in the business world, Dr. Shahrokh Daijavad also shared the concept of Fusion AI, which means to train models on widely distributed data sets, but fuse them to produce one equivalent to what centralized training would yield. “Unlike traditional machine learning, in Fusion AI, model parameters are shared and data is not transferred, which makes Fusion AI model better than models that moving data centrally.” Given the widely distributed data, the development of Fusion AI and FML became ever important and imminent.

“FML enables machine learning engineers and data scientists to work productively with decentralized data with privacy by default,” said Dr. Jakub Konečný from Google. He also shared with us how FML works and its use cases at Google. In the case of Gboard, as on-device data is privacy sensitive or large or is more relevant than server-side proxy data, and labels can be inferred naturally via user interaction, the application of Federated RNN compared to prior n-gram model can increase the accuracy of next-word prediction by 24%, and the click rate of prediction strip by 10%.

Major Figure Panelists Discuss the Way Ahead for FML

The moderator of the panel discussion, AI Principal Scientist of WeBank Dr. Lixin Fan joined panelists including Professor Benny Pinkas from Bar-Ilan University, Dr. Shahrokh Daijavad of IBM Academy of Technology, Chief Architect of Squirrel AI Dr. Richard Tong, Research Scientist of Google Dr. Jakub Konečný, Dr. Baofeng Zhang from CTO Office of CBG Software in Huawei, Executive VP of Clustar Dr. Junxue Zhang, VP of AI Institute in Sinovation Ventures Dr. Ji Feng and other experts in a host of in-depth exchanges with attendees, to shed light on the way ahead for FML.

Experts shared thoughts in the panel discussion on questions including but not limited to: How to meet the security and compliance requirements? Is there a way to extend the value of data while observing user privacy and data security? Given the classic trade-off between data regulation and development of AI, how to achieve the long-term goal of establishing a stable and win-win business ecosystem?

List of Award-Winners

Best Theory Paper Award, Best Application Paper Award, Best Student Paper Award and Best Presentation Award selected by all attendees were announced at the closing of the workshop.

Best Theory Paper Award: 
Preserving User Privacy for Machine Learning: Local Differential Privacy or Federated Machine Learning? By Huadi Zheng, Haibo Hu & Ziyang Han;

Best Application Paper Award: 
FedHealth: A Federated Transfer Learning Framework for Wearable Healthcare. By Yiqiang ChenJindong WangChaohui YuWen Gao & Xin Qin;

Best Student Paper Award: 
Quantifying the Performance of Federated Transfer Learning. By Qinghe JingWeiyan Wang, Junxue Zhang, Han Tian & Kai Chen;

Best Presentation Award: 
Federated Generative Privacy. By Aleksei Triastcyn and Boi Faltings.

President of IJCAI, Chief AI Officer of WeBank Professor Qiang Yang, Chief Architect of Squirrel AI Dr. Richard TongandVP of AI Institute in Sinovation Ventures Dr. Ji Feng presented the awards.

“The mission of this International Federated Machine Learning Workshop is to facilitate further understanding in the academia, business community as well as legal and regulatory institutions by promoting the establishment of FML ecosystem in the hope that more businesses will join and build a platform for students aspired to work in FML to find research teams that suit them,” said Professor Qiang Yang.

Held Aug. 10-16, 2019 in Macao, China, IJCAI-19 is one of the leading International Academic Conference on AI, attracting over 3000 AI research personnel and experts. The 1st International Workshop on Federated Machine Learning (FML’19) was a highlight for experts joining this event. Visionaries in the academia and industrial sector expressed the willingness to be part of the effort for academic research, application of FML in the future, and the development and boom of AI ecosystem.

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