Thursday, February 19, 2015

Press Release for Filmster 1.0

[] Lausanne, Switzerland - Independent developer, Maxime Gabella today is proud to introduce Filmster for iOS devices. The app searches iTunes for films that were in competition at top international film festivals---Cannes, Venice, Berlin---and at the Oscars. It creates a list of available films specifying the awards that they won. All film enthusiasts can benefit from this quick and enlightened way to find gold on iTunes.

Looking for a good movie on iTunes can turn into a challenging experience. The homepage is flooded with movies sorted by release date or genre, but only very few of them are genuinely interesting. The "Bestsellers" are promoted blindly, regardless of their (dubious) quality. Even though it is not possible to use it in the search, some qualitative information is provided by the "Ratings." However, they are averaged over many contributors, which dilutes their critical relevance.

Filmster is designed to boost iTunes search engine. It relies on film festivals and award ceremonies, whose vocation is precisely to select the most exciting films in the world. The user can choose between four major events: Cannes, Venice, Berlin Film Festivals, and The Oscars. The search can be refined with the categories of awards and the years (1981-2014). Filmster then generates a list of films satisfying these criteria, and tapping on one of them redirects to the iTunes Store in the user's country (adjustable in the Parameters). Just like in gold panning, dull films spilled out and only the gold remains!

"Quantitative classifications by bestsellers, popularity, or average ratings do not accurately reflect the quality of the films they are promoting. It makes much more sense to trust specific cinema experts to select truly fascinating films," said Maxime Gabella, creator of Filmster.

Upcoming versions of Filmster will involve more festivals (Toronto, Sundance, Tribeca, and more) and more award ceremonies (BAFTA, Cesar), as well as top-film lists by celebrated directors.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 8.1 or later
* Size: 1.0 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Filmster 1.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category. The app works best with iTunes Stores in English or other European languages. 

Independent developer, Maxime Gabella is based in Lausanne, Switzerland. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2015 Maxime Gabella. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

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