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Benjamin Oberman

Mousetrap Films
President & CEO

Benjamin Oberman brings fifteen years experience in the Entertainment Industry as a Distribution Expert, Executive, Producer, Writer, Director, Technical Consultant and Performer.

A recognized distribution expert, Mr. Oberman has spoken on and inspired numerous film festival panels, served on the jury of a world renowned international film festival, been a guest lecturer at UCLA Business of Film, featured on multiple radio and live internet broadcasts, and has presented and led panels at major industry conferences. He continues to write, lecture and consult on the changing times, shifting viewer habits, and the rapidly accelerating need for the independent film industry to adapt its marketing and distribution strategies to survive in this new world.

Under his leadership and direction, Film Festival Flix has emerged at the forefront of new distribution platforms and releasing strategies for independent, art house, foreign, and niche market films. To date the company has launched more than 20 feature films Theatrically and on all major internet and cable VOD platforms, including the company’s direct to consumer Film Festival Flix website. Film Festival Flix has also built a premiere Independent film library partnering with independent powerhouses Drafthouse Films and Kino Lorber Films. His multi-platform vision is unifying film festivals, filmmakers, distributors, sponsors, and the audiences who care about these films.

Wanting to give back, Mr. Oberman launched an online affiliate program through the Film Festival Flix Website creating personalized digital video stores for organizations and individuals to earn a percentage of proceeds for their cause. In late 2014, the company launched its first online film festival focused on Mountain and Adventure films and the First Look Flix Club, growing toward a promotional network in the tens of thousands. Dedicated to up and coming talent, Mr. Oberman champions Film Festival Flix online short film competition whose cash prizes puts the festival in the top 10 cash prizes offered in the US for short films.

Prior to founding MouseTrap Films / Film Festival Flix in 2011, as President of Apple Cart Productions, LLC, Mr. Oberman Produced, Wrote, Directed and Developed multiple features, documentaries, short films, TV properties, commercials, internet viral videos, and instructional DVD series. He worked with ABC Sports and was the Figure Skating Consultant on Dreamworks / Paramount Pictures, “Blades of Glory,” starring Will Ferrell.

Prior to his work in the film and television industry, Benjamin was on stage in more than a thousand live performances following a career as a top ranked competitive figure skater. All told, he spent more than twenty-three years in the sport. He was a two time United States International Team Member, a successful coach, and a line producer / associate producer of live figure skating shows worldwide. As a professional, some highlights included; The 2002 Olympic Games, Opening and Closing Ceremonies (Emmy Award Winning); four years as the principal figure skating adagio team in the Radio City Music Hall’s, Christmas Spectacular, starring the Rockettes, in NYC; and the role of ‘Chuck Cranston’ in “Footloose on Ice” starring Nancy Kerrigan.

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Monday, November 23

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