Looking to strengthen its presence among Latin American film audiences, new international VOD web portal Feelmakers makes a presentation Wednesday at a industry/press event in Ventana Sur.
Launched by a group of Spain’s enterprising young directors and movie execs, the platform offers a catalogue of nearly 400 films from different countries that – a key point – can be seen throughout the world, with some 50% of them currently being Spanish-language titles.
One of the newest moves at Feelmakers, the Special Feel section, is dedicated to the Spanish Academy Goya Awards’ 2015 edition, allowing online access to 27 of the 35 short films contending in the fiction, animated and documentary categories.
Spanish feature films include Spain’s 2013 Foreign-Language Oscar entry, “15 Years and One Day,” by Gracia Querejeta, and films from left-of-field auteur Javier Rebollo – a triple San Sebastian film festival winner, including best director in 2012 for “Woman Without Piano” – and some leading lights of Spain’s youngest waves of filmmakes, such as Daniel Sanchez Arevalo, Borja Cobeaga, Elias Leon Siminiani, Eduardo Chapero Jackson and David Planell.
On line since early 2014, Feelmakers’ full-blooded launch begun September, just before the San Sebastian Film Festival’s 62th edition, where it was officially presented.
Feelmakers features three international channels with specific content: Feeldocs (documentaries), Feelshorts (short films) and Feeltoons (animated movies).
Current highlights at Feelmakers includes docu-features such as “Asier and I,” by Aitor and Amaia Merino, Pablo Iraburu and Migeltxo Molina’s “Pura Vida,” both winners of the Irizar Award for Basque Cinema from the San Sebastian Film Festival, “Familystrip,” from Catalonia’s Cannes Palme d’Or producer-turner-director Luis Minarro; Borja Crespo’s 2013 Oscar-nominated short film “Aquel no era yo,” Alberto Vazquez’s Goya 2013 short-film award candidate “Sangre de unicornio,” and Reinhard Klooss and Holger Tappe’s 2010 toon pic “Animals United,” a breakout international hit for Germany’s Constantin.
VOD portal is backed by Great Ways, a culture management agency, film/commercials production house Nephlim and Millan Vazquez’s sales/festivals distribution company Freak.