Fandor, the curated subscription streaming service, continues to find new avenues for filmmakers and cinephiles to engage in the digital realm. Today, the company announced the launch of FIXShorts, a program designed to develop five independent film projects from funding to distribution. As part of the initiative, Fandor will contribute 50% of each project’s budget up front, provide the rewards for Kickstarter campaigns to fund the other 50% of production costs, and guarantee distribution on its platform.
The news comes two months after interim CEO Chris Kelly, pictured above, replaced former CEO Ted Hope, who moved on to Amazon Studios after one year at Fandor. The company continues to forge connections with others in what Kelly has called “the film ecosystem,” including its excellent film journal, Keyframe, and existing partnerships with Hulu and The Criterion Collection. In addition, Fandor has received much-deserved attention for an artful catalogue of titles, such as Bruno Dumont’s acclaimed “Li’l Quinquin,” which enjoyed a day-and-date SVOD release on the platform in January. Programs such as FIXShorts are just another element in Fandor’s multi-pronged audience-building strategy.
Upon their completion, the five films in the FIXShorts initiative will premiere on Fandor in tandem with their respective film festival premieres, with rights to each film remaining with the filmmakers. The five projects, with brief synopses, are listed below:
“Anyuka,” Maya Erdelyi (animated documentary)
An animated documentary on the life of the filmmaker’s grandmother and her journey to America.
“Dead Ink Archive,” David Schendel (narrative)
Set in 1975, a janitor has a secret that he cannot share until he
collects all of the discarded scraps of paper from a theatre floor.
“Discontinuity,” Lori Felker (narrative)
A couple have been separated from each other for many months and they do not know what they’ve been missing.
“He Who Eats Children,” Ben Russell (documentary)
A speculative portrait of a Dutch hermit living in the Surinamese jungle.
“Sea to Shining Sea,” Maximon Monihan (narrative)
Two friends drive across the country from California to New York, finally experiencing the glory of the USA.