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Prescreen Streams Indie Films, Sundance Trailers

by Maggie Lange and Sophia Savage
January 10, 2012 1:18 PM
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As Sundance approaches, the films that don’t score breakout status may not have to fade into obscurity. After attending Sundance 2010, former Groupon executive Shawn Bercuson realized that most of the films would never be seen again. He launched, a movie marketing and distribution platform, in late 2011. Prescreen is a streaming service dedicated to indie films, aiming to help audiences “discover one new movie each day.”

Prescreen is growing with 40,000+ subscribers,  and in addition to offering on-demand movies, Monday it launched a section of the site that is the only one-stop place for all available Sundance trailers (only 12 86 so far) for the 112 features that will screen at Sundance, in Utah on Jan. 19. 

Here's what it is:

Prescreen is a curated social discovery video-on-demand platform designed to promote and showcase premium content. We feature entertaining, enlightening, and educational content with the goal of creating conversations around movies and helping content owners find an audience they otherwise would not have the ability to reach.

Here's how it works:

(For audiences) You sign up using Facebook or your email address, you get send a new movie each day, and if you like the trailer (free) you can rent the movie on-demand for a few dollars. You get credits for sharing with friends via social media.

(For filmmakers) Check out the above graphic and learn more about submitting your feature film here.

[More at NYT's Media Decoder]


  • j | May 31, 2012 8:56 AMReply

    Prescreen should give a good explanation as to what has happened with their service.

  • J. Sperling Reich | January 10, 2012 6:45 PMReply

    Viewing the trailers for Sundance films over at Prescreen has been a great way to research the entries at this year's festival. It might be wise for the festival itself to include trailers for all the films selected for future festivals.

  • Dan | January 10, 2012 2:26 PMReply

    Dan from Prescreen here, thanks for the great article Maggie and Sophia! I just wanted to let you know we currently have 86 Sundance trailers up currently and more coming before the end of the week. (over 75%!!!)

    Our team has worked night and to reach out to each of the film makers and helping get trailers up. I just wanted to give credit and props for all their hard work.

    Thanks again!

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