×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Amazon Brings Film Festival Stars Program to Berlin

Amazon Video Direct is expanding its Film Festival Stars program beyond North America, bringing the offering to the Berlin Film Festival for the first time.

The program offers independent filmmakers with titles in official selection at the festival the opportunity to essentially self-distribute globally via Amazon’s Prime Video SVOD platform. Films must have English, French, German, Italian or Spanish as their original language to qualify.

Film Festival Stars launched at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. It uses self-service program Amazon Video Direct, which launched in May 2016, allowing content owners to make their films available in Prime Video. Those taking up the offer earn royalties on a per-stream basis and receive a non-recoverable upfront cash bonus of $50,000, plus eligible localization bonuses.

The program allows films to pursue theatrical opportunities ahead of their streaming release on Prime Video on March 1, 2019. Filmmakers looking to take up the Film Festival Stars offer have to do so by the close of March this year, giving Amazon a two-year exclusive streaming window.

Fifteen titles took up the offer at Sundance in 2017, and Amazon has since expanded the program to cover the Tribeca, SXSW and Toronto film festivals. SXSW saw 40 films take up the offer, including Grand Jury Award winner “Most Beautiful Island” (pictured), and 100 Toronto titles took part. Berlin marks the first festival outside North America where the program has been offered.

However, the upfront cash bonus offered to Berlin titles is notably lower than those offered at previous festivals. When the program launched at Sundance in 2017, Amazon offered bonuses of up to $100,000. By Sundance 2018, bonuses could reach as high as $200,000 with $150,000 available for U.S. rights and an additional $5,000 per market if participants also offered international SVOD rights to Canada, Australia, U.K., France, Germany/Austria, Spain, Italy, India, Mexico and Brazil.

More Digital

  • Google Stadia is a Net Neutrality

    Google Stadia is a Net Neutrality Nightmare

    At the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this year, Google announced that it has taken up the long and ever-lengthening dream of the video game streaming service. Meant to replace the hefty, pricey, altogether confounding experience of buying and using various gaming hardware, Google Stadia will run video games on Google’s own hardware in a server [...]

  • crunchyroll logo

    Crunchyroll Raises Subscription Price to $7.99

    AT&T-owned anime subscription video service Crunchyroll is raising its monthly subscription price from $6.95 to $7.99 a month, it announced in an email to members Friday. It’s the service’s first price increase ever, according to a spokesperson. The new pricing will go into effect on May 1 for new subscribers, while existing members will see [...]

  • StyleHaul

    StyleHaul Shuts Down U.S. Operations, Lays Off About 65 Employees

    The axe is falling on StyleHaul: The fashion, beauty and lifestyle digital media and marketing company owned by RTL Group is shuttering U.S. operations, resulting the layoff of around 65 employees. StyleHaul offices in L.A., with about 55 employees, and in New York City, with around 10 staffers, are closing. RTL said StyleHaul’s U.K. operations, [...]

  • Bandsintown Platform Acquires Hypebot, MusicThinkTank

    Bandsintown Platform Acquires Hypebot, MusicThinkTank

    Bandsintown, a leading platform for letting music fans know about upcoming concerts by their favorite artists, has acquired Hypebot, a news site publishing stories about the music industry and technology, and its sister site MusicThinkTank. “I’m proud to share that Hypebot and MusicThinkTank have been acquired by Bandsintown,” wrote Bruce Houghton, the founder of the [...]

  • Vertigo Games Believes ‘Location-Based Virtual Reality’

    Vertigo Games Believes ‘Location-Based Virtual Reality’ Is Future of VR

    As virtual reality becomes more and more available, many developers are looking for new frontiers to expand the experiences offered by the tech. For Netherlands-based Vertigo Games, that next frontier is what they call “location-based virtual reality.” It’s essentially high-quality VR experiences where players aren’t tethered to a PC or even to the confines of [...]

  • GDC 2019: Google's Play For Gaming

    GDC 2019: Google's Play for Gaming Ubiquity, Rise of Ray Tracing, Store Wars

    The Game Developers Conference finished up Friday evening, wrapping one of the most exciting GDCs in recent memory with Google’s splashy entrance into AAA video gaming, the emergence of real-time ray tracing as a compelling technology for film, TV, and games, and the growing war between two global estore powerhouses: Valve’s Steam and the Epic [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content