MUBI is giving film students around the world a free subscription to its streaming service for the duration of their course.
In association with CILECT (the Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision – the International Association of Film and Television Schools), over 60,000 film students and their teachers will be able to access MUBI’s range of acclaimed classics, festival favourites, art house and quality mainstream films, at no cost.
MUBI launched in 2007 as a curated alternative to major VOD offerings; MUBI offers just 30 films at any one time, for 30 days, with a new title added each day, as one drops off. MUBI recently expanded its offering via a major partnership with NBCUniversal; over the next two years, titles ranging from Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958), Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil (1958), John Water’s Cry Baby (1990) to The Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man (2009) will screen on the service. MUBI also recently acquired Thomas Arslan’s “Bright Nights,” which screened at Berlin last year and will be released on the 23rd February.
This new initiative reflects MUBI’s long-standing support for cinema, with an emphasis on European cinema, and has been implemented with the generous support of Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union. The initiative has been in development for some time as a means for MUBI to actively champion and support emerging talent by offering MUBI as a free resource to film students.
MUBI’s CEO and Founder Efe Cakarel explains: “For us, it’s simple: the best films, from the classics to the cutting-edge, should be available to the next generation of filmmakers. We hope you enjoy this gift, that you get lost in a world of film and that one day, MUBI will be screening yours.”
Today’s global roll-out to 180 CILECT member schools follows a successful pilot with the National Film and Television School (NFTS) in the UK over the past year.
“MUBI has proved to be an invaluable resource for our students,” says Dr. Jon Wardle, Director of the NFTS, “we’re so pleased that aspiring filmmakers around the world will now be able to use and enjoy it as our school has.”
Maureen Gueunet, an NFTS alumni of the Film Studies, Programming and Curation MA, adds: “With its carefully curated films, MUBI enabled me to expand my knowledge of cinema and discover many new directors and films, from cult classics to contemporary experimental works. A must-have for any cinephile!”
Teachers and film students are invited to sign up at mubi.com/film-school-teacher and mubi.com/film-school-student.