By Carlos Aguilar | SydneysBuzz October 7, 2013 at 3:00PM
Thanks to their wide availability and extensive catalogs, the VOD model of distribution and exhibition has become the prime source for audience to access content. Leading the field are services like Netflix and HULU Plus, which carry enormous amount of films and TV shows; however, for those who look for the fully "indie" experience Fandor is the best alternative. The service launched in the U.S in March 2011 will now be available for Canadian audiences.
The Fandor service combines discovery features, expert curation and social collaboration so audiences can explore the world of independent film and find cinematic gems they didn’t even know existed. Furthermore, one of the most interesting facts about the company is their particular revenue strategy, which designates half of its subscription fees to support independent filmmakers, ensuring like this the future creation of new independent content.
Fandor’s Canadian service features over 2,200 independent releases, with more added every day, and includes award-winning narrative and documentary features, quality shorts and film festival favorites from across the globe, including:
• City of Life and Death directed by Chuan Lu (courtesy of Kino Lorber)—Toronto International Film Festival, 2009
• Smithereens directed by Susan Seidelman (courtesy of FilmBuff)— Toronto International Film Festival, 1982
• Carcasses directed by Denis Côté (courtesy of Vanguard Cinema) — Toronto International Film Festival, 2009
• Local Color directed by Mark Rappaport (courtesy of the filmmaker)1977
"Fandor provides a unique library of films to people wherever they are, on whatever device they prefer for media consumption,” said Dan Aronson, co-founder and CEO of Fandor. “Launching in Canada allows us to bring our collection of films to a broader audience hungry to discover great content they may not otherwise find.”
Features of the new service
- A recommendation engine that considers a user’s stated tastes and ongoing activity to provide refined, personalized recommendations.
- The ability to filter films by cast, crew and film festivals.
- Access to daily news, interviews and multi-media features from Fandor’s Keyframe digital magazine. Regular contributors include industry notables B. Ruby Rich ( Film Quarterly , UC Santa Cruz, Sight & Sound ), Dennis Harvey ( Variety) and Michael Atkinson ( Village Voice, In These Times ).
- Spotlight, a special selection of themed films curated by Fandor twice monthly.
- Social sharing via email and multiple social networks allowing viewers to spread buzz about the films they love.
Launched in 2011, Fandor is the leading on-demand movie service providing access to a curated global library of high-quality, smart independent films. By leveraging online distribution, technology and social media, Fandor takes the hard work out of finding great movies. Fandor’s subscription-based service allows audiences to discover cinema through its comprehensive library of thousands of film festival favorites, world cinema, award-winning documentaries and quality shorts. Fandor uses the latest streaming technology to allow viewing anywhere, from home theaters to computers, mobile devices and tablets. For more information, visit www.fandor.com .