Media Program-Backed TIDE Experiment Launches ‘Festival-To-Date’

TIDE Experiment, the initiative supported by the European Commission’s Media Program to test innovative distribution grounds, is joining forces with the Festival Agency to launch “Festival-To-Date.”

The new release program will allow films to roll out at festivals and on VOD day-and-date — or at least around the same date — across several European countries.

“With the Festival-to-Date releases we empower some films that otherwise would have only a few lucky viewers attending the festivals,” stated TIDE Experiment.

“The Mark Cousins Hibrow Trilogy,” which comprises Sundance-preeming “6 Desires,” as well as “Life May Be” and “Here Be Dragons,” will be the first titles to benefit from the Festival-To-Date program.

“The art-without-walls approach of Hibrow is meant that these films are without walls. They are all essay films, the most free-form movie genre, in that it can incorporate dream sequences, letters, observational filmmaking, road movie sequences, arguments, collages,” described TIDE in its presentation.

The trilogy will bow simultaneously at four European Film Festivals and VOD platforms, kicking off its European tour at the Edinburgh Intl. Film Festival on June 22, FID-Marseille in France on July 3, Karlovy Vary on July 6 and New Horizons beginning July 23. One film will screen in each festival, while the whole trilogy will be available online.

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