Independent film streaming service launches

Film Ahoy

A new streaming service for independent feature films has launched.

Film Ahoy aims to "celebrate excellent films from all genres and cultures".

The service's initial catalogue includes two British comedies - It's A Lot and Tortoise In Love - with new additions to be made to its library frequently.

Film Ahoy explain: "Ever wondered where multi-award winning indie films vanish to after film festivals? Ever wished there was a platform where titles from all over the world could be accessed for free? We present you with the world's first subscription free independent film platform, Film Ahoy."

Films are available to watch completely free with an advert break every 20 minutes; or for £1 per view ad-free.

Film Ahoy was created by British filmmaker Dean Fisher. He says: "It seemed wrong that cinematic masterpieces and many others didn't get the exposure they deserved simply because they weren't picked up by distributor giants like Netflix, Amazon or Sky.

Dean Fisher

"With the ever-rising volume in SVOD and streaming services, consumers may struggle to subscribe to multiple platforms at once. With many of these platforms being unable to service all of the consumer's requirements, Film Ahoy is able to provide a high quality streaming service, without yet another costly monthly subscription."

The company hopes to raise the profile of independent filmmakers by tapping in to niche fan bases through the website and social media. Contributing filmmakers will be sent quarterly reports of their film's performance so they can monitor the new revenue that comes in.

The premise behind the service is to perpetuate the reach of independent films from across the world, as well as those that are showcased at independent film festivals and otherwise fade into an abyss just weeks after. Film Ahoy also "gives filmmakers from all over the world, specialising in multiple genres, a collective base where they can direct traffic to view their creations and generate revenue".

Eventually, Fisher hopes that new films will be produced specifically for the service.

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