Finally, a streaming platform made by filmmakers for filmmakers.
Slamdance just announced its new streaming platform for independent films. It's called the Slamdance Channel.
The new streaming platform will launch in conjunction with the annual Slamdance Film Festival, which will take place starting Jan. 27, and feature new programming the day after the festival wraps up.
The Slamdance Channel will expand the organization’s commitment to providing creators with maximum opportunities to showcase their work to audiences nationwide. The platform will allow artists to gain more visibility and recognition for their work, as well as monetary compensation for their filmmaking. Slamdance promises to support filmmakers on the platform by sharing any profits fairly among its contributing artist community.
What makes the Slamdance Channel different from the rest? The content on the platform is selected by an artist-led collective that values independently made films and wants to make them accessible to the public.
Slamdance President and co-founder, Peter Baxter, said, “The future of film, like any art form, depends on truly unique voices that defy simple classification and transcend analytics. We are celebrating these voices on the Channel who push the boundaries of what’s possible in storytelling.”
The first wave of content for the channel will be the Slamdance Film Festival's lineup that will premiere on Jan. 27, followed by year-round programming available on Feb. 7. Access to the full festival lineup will be available for $10.
The new programming that will launch on Feb. 7 will include past festival favorites and award winners like My Name is Myeisha, Desolation Center, Dante’s Inferno, Your Day is My Night, and the first contemporary feature film to be webcast on the internet from Slamdance ‘96, Walls of Sand.
After Feb. 7, the Slamdance Channel will be available to the public for $7.99 per month, $23.99 for a three-month subscription, or $74.99 annually. Students with an .edu email address will be eligible for a student discount ($4.99 per month, $14.99 for a three-month subscription, and $50 annually).
Slamdance alumni and programmers will have annual access to the channel for free, and filmmakers and writers who have submitted their works to the festival will be given a free pass for the year.
The Slamdance Channel will be available on AppleTV, Firestick, and Roku, as well as online.
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