An exciting announcement comes this week, with the formation of Cinelan, a content publisher that will distribute short-form non-fiction pieces via mobile, Internet, digital cinemas, and TV. Among the award-winning filmmakers on the Advisory Board are: Steve James, Eugene Jarecki, Morgan Spurlock, Ross Kauffman, and Jessica Yu. From Ali Jaafar’s Variety article:
The startup’s syndication partners include U.K. publishing group Guardian News & Media, leading indie U.K. exhib chain Picturehouse Cinemas and Arts Alliance Media’s digital distribution specialist Vizumi Network. Cinelan is backed by London-based venture capital group Arts Alliance.
“Cinelan represents a new way for smart nonfiction films to reach mainstream audiences,” said Spurlock. “It excites me as a filmmaker to know that avenues like this are expanding to reach global audiences with movies reflecting real information and original viewpoints outside traditional media.”
While sites such as YouTube.com thrive on user-generated content, Cinelan will offer a multimedia distribution platform for professional and top-tier aspiring filmmakers.