In September, Vimeo, the video platform, in partnership with Toronto International Film Festival, offered the Festival's world premiere films a $10,000 advance if they gave Vimeo the premiere digital window.
Today, Vimeo announced that 13 films which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival will make their digital debut in 2014 exclusive on Vimeo On Demand.
As Vimeo made clear in September, filmmakers who accept the Vimeo offer must agree to give Vimeo the premiere digital window, but will be released from their online exclusivity after a period of 30 days, or as soon as Vimeo recoups the $10,000 advance. After the advance is recouped, Vimeo will provide their standard 90/10 revenue split, with 90% going to filmmakers after transaction costs are deducted.
“Vimeo is the quality open platform for creators to distribute directly to their audiences,” said Vimeo CEO, Kerry Trainor. “The breadth of subjects and number of countries represented by these accomplished filmmakers shows just how powerful the direct distribution movement is becoming worldwide.”
The full list of Festival films premiering on Vimeo On Demand in 2014 includes:
· "Asphalt Watches," directed by Shayne Ehman and Seth Scriver
· "Cinemanovels," directed by Terry Miles
· " Empire of Dirt," directed by Peter Stebbings
· "Faroeste Caboclo" (Brazilian Western), directed by René Sampaio
· "Gente en Sitios (People in places)," directed by Juan Cavestany
· "Ladder to Damascus," directed by Mohamad Malas
· "Little Feet," directed by Alexandre Rockwelll
· "Palestine Stereo," directed by Rashid Masharawi
· "Standing Aside Watching," directed by Yorgos Servetas
· "The Animal Project," directed by Ingrid Veninger
· "This is Sanlitun," directed by Robert I. Douglas
· "Une Jeune Fille (A Journey)," directed by Catherine Martin
· "Wild Duck," directed by Yannis Sakaridis
The films will become available between now and May 2014, starting with "Little Feet," which is currently available for pre-order on Vimeo will be available beginning on March 21, 2014.
Vimeo On Demand, which launched in March 2013, now has a catalog of more than 5,000 films, according to Vimeo.