A new video on demand platform for indie filmmakers by the RIFF
by Vittoria Scarpa
- The Rome Independent Film Festival is launching a video on demand online platform with a library of over 1000 films including shorts, feature length films and independent documentaries
The new year has marked the launch of a new platform for independent cinema. The RIFF - Rome Independent Film Festival has launched the Romefilmmarket, a video on demand platform with a library of over 1000 titles including shorts, feature length films and independent documentaries, which will be accessible on computers, iPads and smartphones through online streaming. The films have all been taken from past editions of the Rome Independent Film Festival.
The rich and updated library is the result of over ten years of activity by the RIFF, which mission is to give space to the best talents from international independent cinema. Up until January 31, with a subscription of €7/month, every single film from the library can be watched. Among these is Polish My name is Ki [+see also:
interview: Leszek Dawid
film profile] by Leszek Dawid, selected for Venice Days in 2011, Ristabanna [+see also:
film profile] by Cardillo & De Plano, best film at the RIFF 2012 and Ben Gazzara’s most recent appearance and I colori della passione. The Mill and the Cross [+see also:
interview: Lech Majewski
film profile] by Lech Majewski, with Charlotte Rampling and Rutger Hauer is also part of the online library. Among the documentaries in the catalogue are Hit the Road, nonna by Duccio Chiarini (Venice Days 2011). A vast selection of shorts can be seen for just €0.99.
Filmmakers and production companies can insert their own films into the selection and set up an account for themselves for proceeds to be directed towards them. “With RFM, we want to diminish the intermediaries so that our providers can receive 50% of proceeds,” the director of the RIFF, Fabrizio Ferrari, explained. The distribution through the Romefilmmarket will not be an exclusive one: providers will retain the rights for distribution of their own films.
(Translated from Italian)
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