Once online, an unexpected flood of interest began to generate. Within 6 months over 50 Million views were recorded on Google Video counters (before they were reset for some reason). The current combined estimates put the number of Internet views at over 200 million as of 2011. Suddenly "Zeitgeist": The Event, became "Zeitgeist: The Movie".
In late 2007, without submission, the film was pickup up and featured at the Artivist Film Festival in Los Angeles California and given their highest award. In September 2008, it received a Special Acknowledgment Award at Rutger Hauer's ICFILMS Film Festival in Milan, Italy, also without submission.
Since that time the film has become an icon of praise and controversy. It has been broadcast in over 35 languages in over 70 countries and has been considered one of the most popular film phenomenons of all time.