On the Docks pacts with other web services

Italy’s On the Docks, an online international distribution platform featuring subtitled documentaries, has sealed pacts with a slew of foreign VOD services, including Bigstar.tv in the U.S.

Reacting to economic constraints, the Italian documaking community is looking to the Web for untapped distribution opportunities, both as a direct conduit to paying auds and also as a sales showcase for international buyers.

Platform was unveiled last month at the Mipcom TV market in Cannes.

Besides being able to reach niche auds Stateside, the platform has also formed partnerships with the U.K’s Freeband and Quod, Gaul’s Cinema4me, Austria’s Flimmit and Canada’s Hiltz Squared.

“In every market we go, we are finding new international partners,” said founder, documaker and producer Monica Repetto, of Deriva Film, at the Rome Film Festival.

Reps from the docu platform will attend Moscow’s TeleShow event and Florence’s upcoming Festival dei Popoli, which is dedicated to docus. They hope to negotiate a distribution agreement with the Turin Festival, Italy’s hottest showcase for local docs, which takes place in December.

Despite being battered by an increasingly tough market, docus in Italy are a growing genre thanks to international fest circuit standouts such as Sabina Guzzanti’s “Draquila,” an investigation of the response to the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake by Silvio Berlusconi’s government.

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