Zoetrope.com, touts itself as setting the precedent for a new era of crowd-sourcing and writing workshops, and includes the likes of acting resumes, photography, song writing, stories, novels, scripts, short flash fiction, poetry and music. It will now also feature a short films section, which is designed to offer screenwriters, directors and producers peer feedback.

The website asks that for every story a member submits, they are required to review five other works, so each person gets exposed to other writing which provides growing opportunities in addition to receiving feedback.

The 77-year-old multi Oscar-winning director originally founded the site in 1997 to supply material and content for the short story periodical Zoetrope: All Story, drawing his inspiration from the short story periodicals of the '30s era that aided the careers of writers such as F. Scott Fitzgerald.

“When I was a kid I remember looking in the locked gates of a movie studio which was across the street from the Junior High School I was attending,” Coppola said in a statement. “I was wishing that I could get in and see what these mythical movie studios were. Years later I actually bought that studio, and I went to that Junior High School and I talked about it to the students and I said ‘alright kids let’s go,’ and I took them across the street and right in through the studio gates.

“And that’s what I was trying to do with this site – let everyone have access to a movie studio or set a new context of creative community for people interested in cinema, music, acting, art, graphics, photography, songwriting, and so on.”

Coppola first launched his San Francisco-based production company American Zoetrope in 1969. It’s produced over 50 films, including the Godfather trilogy, American Graffiti, Lost in Translation and The Bling Ring.