By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 6, 2011 at 7:25AM
FilmBuff is releasing two films on VOD platforms before their DVD release. Both Alexandre Franchi’s award-winning thriller The Wild Hunt (which premiered at Toronto in 2009) will be available April 19 on Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, AT&T, iTunes, Xbox, Playstation, Vudu (and more), whereas the DVD will be released June 7. John Carney & Kiernan Carney’s sci-fi comedy (and Tribeca hit in 2010) Zonad will be available June 21 via the same platforms, and on DVD July 19.
FilmBuff's Matt Dentler says:
"In the home entertainment market, there’s no one distribution outlet that conquers all right now, and we feel strongly that when you have the right film it makes sense to treat each window and platform as an event. Both of these films are great examples of work that can make a big impact on various VOD platforms, as well as with DVD stores.”
Here's more on Dentler and the future of movie marketing from THR's Tim Appelo. As to whether indie filmmakers can make money "the FilmBuff way?" Dentler says: "Yes, there's money to be made...For the medium to smaller indie productions, documentary or fiction, this is a very viable way to recoup your budget. We're like an agency with 40 output deals. We work on a distribution fee. We're lean, mean, filmmaker focused, and don't take ownership of films."
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Founded just over three years ago, FilmBuff has already become a leader in the execution of innovative release strategies to maximize audience exposure and revenue for independent film content online. In 2010, their multi-platform national releases included Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop, Edward Burns’ Nice Guy Johnny and Chris Smith’s Collapse among others.