Tribeca film festival tests online distribution

2010-04-21 04:38:21 (GMT) (WiredPRNews.com - Entertainment, News)

The festival is expanding access to features with online distribution.

New York (WiredPRNews.com) – The Tribeca Film Festival is expanding access to film showcasings with a new test for indie film distribution. As reported by Reuters, the New York festival is offering an online pass to up to 5,000 people who purchase it via Tribeca Film Festival Virtual. The passes will reportedly cost around $45 each.

As noted in the report, the test will aid in determining the impact online video streaming will have on commercial distribution of independent films. Tribeca executive director Nancy Schafer is quoted in the report as stating of less traditional distribution prospects, “We’ve been noticing a trend of newer distributors with slightly different releasing patterns, like Tribeca Film for that matter… Last year, there was this black cloud — people were saying, ‘Who’s going to buy films?’ — but this year, things seem to be picking up.”

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