With visions of a market for films on the Internet, Always Independent Films has pacted with Broadcast.com to begin screening full-length indie pics through both sites.
A slate of movies is now available at Alwaysindependentfilms.com and Broadcast.com.
The Cincinnati-based online film distrib Always Independent has operated its site since 1998 but, until now, has served only as an informational resource on the indie filmmaking world.
Using the AIF archives, filmmakers can exhibit completed films, trailers/ previews, production and biographical information and production photo stills on the Internet for free.
Pics are also free to Internet viewers. They must use RealNetworks’ RealPlayer G2 video player to view them.
Filmmakers can contribute pics shot on any format, including digital video, 35mm, 16mm, 8mm and Beta, to the Web site’s producers.
AIF has four additional channels: the AIF Screening Room, the AIF Forum, AIF Festivals & Events and the AIF Store.
“Our main objectives are exhibiting independent films and delivering a worldwide audience at no cost to the filmmaker,” said Gary Zeidenstein, prexy of AIF.
The Web site, he added, provides today’s indie filmmakers with “the ability to showcase their work regardless of an agent, relative in the film business or acceptance into film festivals.”
But AIF isn’t the first Netcaster of indie pics.
Atom Films began distributing indie shorts on the Internet earlier this year (Daily Variety, March 1). Its Web site features streaming video of Atom’s short films, a catalog of Atom’s films, e-commerce offerings and movie-industry news for short-entertainment and film enthusiasts.