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January 13, 2014 10:06 AM
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Vimeo to Premiere 13 Films from The Toronto International Film Festival

"Palestine Stereo"

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

Read More: Eric Kohn Reviews "Little Feet," to Premiere on Vimeo in March

·       "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.

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  • omar hashmy | March 6, 2014 7:00 PMReply

    im omar hashmy
    I hope to participate in this great film festival

  • Andrew James | January 14, 2014 1:35 PMReply


    Is there a Vimeo Channel with all of these that we can subscribe to? Or do we just have to search Vimeo every couple of weeks for each title? I'm dum - I can't figure this out.

  • susan | January 14, 2014 1:19 PMReply

    Does this mean I can watch any of these movies on my MAC? Do I have to have a Vimeo account that will cost me some money (monthly/yearly)? Do people who want to just watch movies as opposed to uploading their own movies find Vimeo to be useful for watching movies free?

  • Greg Popp | January 13, 2014 6:57 PMReply

    Showtime Anytime, HBO GO, and iTunes movies (as well of course as DVDs and Blu-ray) all support the 5.1 surround sound in which these films were certainly mixed. Too bad Vimeo doesn't.

  • MDL | January 13, 2014 2:25 PMReply

    The future of film distribution just got interesting.