Amazon's LoveFilm Signs Scandinavian Deal With NonStop

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When auteur filmmaker Ken Loach in November pulled out of the Turin Film festival in protest of a labor dispute at Turin’s National Film Museum, the festival’s parent organization, the affair made headlines. After all, he was supposed to receive one of lifetime achievement honors. The drama came after Italian media charged the Rome Film Festival with unfairly favoring films made with local support. Five of its awards this year went to Italian movies produced with support from the regional entity that supported artistic director Marco Mueller. His first year in charge also drew media criticism for dates that were pushed back to November, the festival's ticket price plan, the quality of films and the relative lack of big-name stars.

The agreement for 150 film titles includes Paul Giamatti-starrer "American Splendor" and Ken Loach's "It's a Free World."

COLOGNE, Germany - Amazon's European Internet streaming and DVD-delivery service LoveFilm has signed a new distribution deal with Swedish indie group NonStop Entertainment for Scandinavian rights to some 150 films.

The agreement includes titles such as Paul Giamatti-starrer American Splendor, the documentary Yves Saint Laurent: L'amour Fou and It's a Free World from British director Ken Loach.

LoveFilm will offer the NonStop titles on its online streaming service in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

The agreement is part of a series of deals with local independent distributors that LoveFilm has been doing in the territories it operates in: the U.K., Germany and Scandinavia. LoveFilm recently inked with Germany's Tobis and Koch Media and, in the U.K., stocked up on Brit TV content with streaming deals with the BBC and ITV.

In part, the Amazon-subsidiary is looking to strengthen its position to ward off Netflix, which has launched in the U.K. and Ireland and has announced plans for a further European roll-out.