U.K.'s Raindance Film Festival Launches VOD Website


LONDON -- The Raindance Film Festival, which aims to support independent filmmakers from the U.K. and around the world, launched a video-on-demand website Monday.

Named Raindance Releasing, the service aims to reach audiences with the festival's indie content all year round.

The site will feature independent films from around the world, curated by the Raindance Film Festival's U.K. team.

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Movies scheduled for a debut British release on the startup platform include Mesocafe, My Destiny and Black Smoke Rising, along with documentaries Fall And Winter, Disrupted and Soka Afrika.

Raindance partnered with online distribution platform Distrify to launch the site.

Elliot Grove, who founded Raindance in 1993 and also started the British Independent Film Awards, said: "Raindance was the first film festival to launch online festival screenings way back in 2006, so it's always been our ambition to bring our movies online to audiences year round. We want to use Raindance Releasing to discover, foster and promote filmmaking talent in the same way we have been doing for 21 years with our film festival and the British Independent Film Awards."

Distrify CEO Peter Gerard added: "This new Distrify-powered initiative allows Raindance to curate and promote high quality independent films year-round to a passionate online audience of film lovers."

The site aims to release up to three new films every month.

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