Fandor, the subscription-based film streaming and video sharing platform, announced this week that it will push into original content creation with the launch of FIXshorts.
Under Fandor’s FIX program, five talented filmmakers were chosen out of 34 to use Kickstarter to fund 50% of the production for their FIXshorts. The other 50% will be covered by Fandor itself in addition to the promise of distribution. Together, directors Ben Russel, David Schendel, Lori Felker, Maximon Monihan and Maya Erdelyi campaign for their stories to be transformed onto the silver screen beginning on March 12th.
Their short films were ultimately chosen to reflect a diverse collection of content for Fandor including, one animated documentary, three narratives, and one documentary. The future filmmakers are hopeful that their campaigning efforts will allow them to join the ranks of the 120+ directors that FIX represents, inducing Barry Jenkins, Penny Lane and Mark Cousins.
The FIXshorts page on Kickstarter is available here: https://www.kickstarter.com/pages/Fandor.
Under the leadership of Chris Kelly, interim CEO (in the wake of Ted Hope’s departure to Amazon Studios), Fandor competes with other streaming platforms in terms of producing and distributing original content. It is making headway too, with pivotal partnerships with Keyframe, Hulu and the Criterion Collection. As a company whose mission is to present its audience with “carefully selected independent films from around the world that will open your heart, feed you mind and heighten your senses” these aspiring filmmakers have a lot to live up to.