FILMPIXS: New short film and documentary streaming platform launches
James R | On 18, Feb 2021
This week sees the launch of FILMPIXS, a new global streaming platform dedicated to short films and documentaries.
From HF Productions, the company behind an established series of global, independent film festivals, FILMPIXS champions short films in addition to a selection of international feature documentaries, and spotlights social impact stories and new voices in filmmaking from all over the world.
With more than 350 films available at launch, and fresh new content added weekly, the FILMPIXS line-up represents content from such festivals as Cannes, Toronto, Venice, Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca and Rotterdam. The library is split into Cannes and Academy Award selections, as well as genre collections such as Horror, Drama, Comedy, Music and Children and Family, as well as sections devoted to New Releases and Weekly Recommendations.
Highlights available at launch include: Czech animated short and Oscar nominee DCERA (Daughter) from Daria Kascheeva, about a woman trying to reconnect with her estranged father; the 2020 Goya Award multiple nominee El Escritor de un Pais Sin Librerias (The Writer from a Country Without Bookstores) by Marc Serena; and Jan Vejnar’s Figurant, which was part of SXSW’s Official Selection in 2020. Also launching are Sin Cielo, which took home the Grand Jury Prize at Seattle International Film Festival, and Tomek Popakul’s Polish animation short, Acid Rain, which follows a young runaway’s journey to self-discovery and premiered at Sundance in 2019.
HF Productions’ Henrik Friis and Benn Wiebe are the curators behind the site, aiming to provide educational value for audiences and significant exposure for independent filmmakers and short films. FILMPIXS will also be a platform for festivals showcasing virtual public screenings, beginning with the Dublin Independent Film Festival (an HF Productions-run festival) in March.
“We are extremely excited to be part of a project that ensures there is life after film festivals for these true gems. In the current climate, we’re also keenly aware of the potential to bring these important narratives to a much wider global audience, and our goal is that FILMPIXS is able to manifest itself as a quality platform of curated short films accessible worldwide,” said Friis and Wiebe.
The streaming service will be available via its own website, filmpixs.com, as well as via the FILMPIXS app, which is available on iOS, Android, Fire TV and Roku devices, with support for Chromecast and Apple TV.
The service costs $5.99 a month (approximately £4.33) or $49.99 a year (roughly £35.82), with a seven-day free trial available.