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Netflix and Film Movement Partner Up

20 Aug, 2004 By: Holly J. Wagner

Netflix and Film Movement will offer a dozen independent and foreign films from Film Movement's collection via Netflix in a partnership of complementary subscription services.

Film Movement releases films simultaneously in theaters and on DVD. Subscribers pay a $19.95 per month fee and receive one movie a month on DVD to keep. The service also offers tickets to theatrical screenings, script consultations, film club discussion guides and even email access to some films' cast and crew. The titles are available exclusively at www.filmmovement.com for the first year of their release. Starting today, Netflix will offer them for rent as well.

“The efficiency of both DVD production and distribution has transformed the access filmmakers have to audiences everywhere,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “Netflix is proud to introduce movies from the Film Movement collection to its more than two million members.”

“Film Movement's mission is to broaden access to outstanding independent and foreign films,” said its founder and CEO Larry Meistrich. “Netflix represents a way to introduce millions of consumers to the quality of Film Movement's titles and the talent of our filmmakers.”

Many of the films included in the deal have won awards or accolades from film festivals. Titles included in the agreement are:
  • El Bola, Winner of four Goya Awards (Spain's Oscars) including Best Picture
  • Ali Zaoua, from the Oscar-nominated director, Nabil Ayouch
  • Manito, Special Grand Jury Prize winner at Sundance
  • The Party's Over, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • He Died With a Felafel in His Hand, starring Noah Taylor
  • Inch' Allah Dimanche, from the first-ever female director from Algeria
  • Marion Bridge, Toronto award-winner starring Molly Parker
  • Light of my Eyes, Winner Best Actor, Best Actress Venice Film Festival
  • OT: Our Town, Nominee for IFP Independent Spirit Award
  • Ginger and Cinnamon
  • Hop, Winner of two Joseph Plateau Awards (Belgium's Oscars)
  • Morlang

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