Following the release in France of Alex van Warmerdam´s latest film, ´Schneider Vs. Bax´, Eurovod is pleased to announce the release on VOD of the van Warmerdam collection, the first collection of films to be released as part of the Eurovod Online Ready Packages project, co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Commission and supported by the sales agent Fortissimo and Doc & Film International.
The project is being launched with 7 Alex van Warmerdam films: ‘Abel’, ‘The Northeners’, ‘The Dress’, ‘Little Tony’, ‘Grimm, Waiter’ and ‘The Last Days of Emma Blank’. This Dutch filmmaker´s tongue-in-cheek humour, first revealed thanks to the success of his second feature film ´The Northeners´, reached international acclaim with the selection of ‘Borgman’ in the competition section of the 66th Cannes Film Festival .
These 7 films are now available on VOD across Europe through the EuroVod network platforms, including: France www.universcine.com, Spain www.filmin.es, Ireland www.volta.ie, Bulgaria www.netcinema.bg, Belgium www.universcine.be, Austria & Germany www.flimmit.com and in 5 language versions (French, English, Spanish, German and Bulgarian). The trailer of the collection is here.
This collection is presented with an especially filmed interview with Alex van Warmerdam, in which he shares with us what stirred his passion for cinema, his inspiration, his mise-en-scene and aesthetic approach of the 7th art. The interview is here.
This EuroVoD initiative is driven by our wish to increase the circulation, and enhance the visibility of art-house films across Europe, using the new opportunities offered by the digital technologies and VOD. Indeed some films with high artistic value identified around the most important festivals fail to reach theatres in many European territories and can only be discovered by the audience thanks to digital distribution.
It was important for us that this project reflected the strength and the diversity of the European cinematographic landscape and the unique voice of its independent directors. For this reason we selected films of different genres and from across a range of territories, each with their own unique characteristics. An important part of the chosen titles are from low production capacity territories, with a total 9 nationalities represented in this project.
We also wanted this project to give access to the widest European audience to the complete filmography of some directors, and films previously unseen in their countries, as well as to some classic films that have, to date, been unavailable in many territories. In order to drive the discovery of these films, we supply especially generated editorial, including video bonus material, interviews, archive material, and the curation of film collections.
Through this project around forty titles will be released on VOD either on both local platforms (OTT and IPTV services) and global services (ITunes, Googleplay, etc) by the 30th of June 2016.
Forthcoming curated collections to be released include a collection of European documentaries, offering a new point of view on society and social issues which will be released in mid-January 2016.
Created in 2010, EuroVod is a network of VOD platforms and includes over 200 European rights holders, specialised in the independent films production and distribution. This network strives to improve the circulation of European titles through the exchange of know-how and the coordination of international common projects. EuroVod aims to increase cultural diversity and to develop VOD as a new, legal channel for the distribution of audiovisual content.