Cinedigm Updating Fandor Streaming Platform, Editorial Analysis

Cinedigm Oct. 4 announced it is taking steps to evolve its recently acquired streaming service Fandor. The new-look will come with a wider footprint, hundreds of new acquisitions and third-party editorial analysis.

Fandor subscribers will have access to more than a thousand hours of independent titles, including exclusive acquisitions from international film festivals and titles from existing partners and key providers. The updated platform features a new design and intuitive user-experience.

“With over a decade of experience in streaming independent cinema, we are proud to bring new life to a service so dedicated to independent filmmakers and the incredible films they create,” Phil Hopkins, president of Fandor, said in a statement.

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Originally launched at the South by Southwest film festival in 2011, Fandor has served as a pioneer in the elevation of independent film, both through its streaming platform as well as through written and video editorial pieces.

Launching alongside the rebooted Fandor service will be “Keyframe,” Fandor’s digital editorial publication featuring written and video exploration of independent cinema. Composed of articles, interviews, reviews, and video essays, Keyframe aims to serve as a community for filmmakers, writers, and film enthusiasts featuring editorial deep dives and tributes, such as a recent celebration of the work of director Werner Herzog, as well as monthly hand-picked featured playlists available on the Fandor service.

In addition, the Fandor Festival Podcast seeks to explore the best of independent film festivals, hosted by former Fandor executive Chris Kelly and morning radio personality Hooman Khalili, and featuring producer Bryn Nguyen. Guests include filmmakers, film festival founders, and industry leaders with engaging insights on festival films, available on Spotify, YouTube, Apple Podcasts and Simplecast.

“The last five years have seen accelerated access to content across the streaming spectrum. Yet even with all these choices, much of independent cinema has been left behind and cinephiles often have difficulty finding films of interest on massive streaming platforms,” Erick Opeka, president and chief strategy officer at Cinedigm, said in a statement. “Fandor has been a pioneer in this space and offers a haven for Cinephiles looking for deep and meaningful titles that made them fall in love with films in the first place.”

The updated Fandor streaming service will be available on iOS and Android mobile devices, web, and Roku, with ad-free access to the entire Fandor library for $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year. Free, ad-supported access to select titles from the Fandor library will also be available at launch and new platforms will roll out over the rest of the year.

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