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“The Wild Hunt” and “Zonad” Head Online Before DVD

"The Wild Hunt" and "Zonad" Head Online Before DVD

Cinetic’s VOD distribution arm FilmBuff has announced that Alexandre Franchi’s “The Wild Hunt” and John and Kiernan Carney’s “Zonad” will be released on VOD before they head to DVD. The French thriller “The Wild Hunt” premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival; John Carney’s sci-fi follow-up to his Oscar-winning “Once,” “Zonad” premiered at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival. “The Wild Hunt” will be released on VOD in April and DVD in June; “Zonad” on VOD in June and DVD in July.

The full release follows below.

‘The Wild Hunt’ and ‘Zonad’ Going Digital Before DVD
FilmBuff to release acclaimed films on VOD platforms weeks ahead of street dates

New York, NY – April 5, 2011 – FilmBuff, a digital entertainment curation service offered by Cinetic Rights Management (CRM), announced today that two upcoming releaseswill be made available on video-on-demand platforms several weeks ahead of their DVD release. The two full-length feature films are Alexandre Franchi’s award-winning thriller “The Wild Hunt,” and John Carney & Kiernan Carney’s acclaimed sci-fi comedy “Zonad.”

“In the home entertainment market, there’s no one distribution outlet that conquers all right now, and we feel strongly that when you have the right film it makes sense to treat each window and platform as an event,” said Matt Dentler, the Head of Content for FilmBuff. “Both of these films are great examples of work that can make a big impact on various VOD platforms, as well as with DVD stores.”

“The Wild Hunt,” which won a prize at its 2009 premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, will be released on both cable video-on-demand (Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, AT&T, etc.) as well as broadband video-on-demand (iTunes, Xbox, Playstation, Vudu, etc.) starting April 19. The stylish film is set in the world of live action role playing, and tells the story of a medieval reenactment game that turns into tragedy when a non-player crashes the event to win back his girlfriend. “The Wild Hunt” will be released on DVD, through FilmBuff’s partnership with MPI, on June 7.

“Zonad,” is the follow-up feature from “Once” director John Carney, working alongside Kiernan Carney. A hit at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, the film follows a misfit discovered in a small Irish town, who is believed to be an alien named Zonad. As Zonad hilariously endears himself to the townspeople, he’s conflicted with his encounters of both love and opposition. “Zonad” will be available on cable video-on-demand (Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, AT&T, etc.) as well as broadband video-on-demand (iTunes, Xbox, Playstation, Vudu, etc.) on June 21. The FilmBuff DVD will be hit stores on July 19.

Founded just over three years ago, FilmBuff has already become a leader in the execution of innovative release strategies to maximize audience exposure and revenue for independent film content online. In 2010, their multi-platform national releases included Banksy’s “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” Edward Burns’ “Nice Guy Johnny” and Chris Smith’s “Collapse” among others.

FilmBuff curates the best in original content for online audiences. FilmBuff scours the earth in search of compelling stories and ensures that content is available for viewers regardless of their viewing platform. As one of the largest and most successful suppliers of digital entertainment content, FilmBuff delivers to all of the leading platforms across North America and Europe through its partnerships with cable, satellite and telco companies, game consoles, online retailers, wireless platforms, and hardware manufacturers. www.filmbuffondemand.com

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