This morning’s New York Times highlights an innovation in film distribution, IndieFlix.com: independent filmmakers, at no risk, can submit their work to a website where visitors can log in and browse a catalogue of films, select which ones they like, and get a freshly burned DVD version mailed to them. And it’s cheap: $9.95 for a feature-length film. Just prove you’re not infringing anyone’s copyright, and you can distribute your work, without having to produce or store inventory.
It’s another development that seems to bode well for filmmakers working geographically or thematically outside Hollywood’s sphere. Not only are DV cameras and editing software becoming more affordable, but demand for content is on its way up. Film Threat cites the release of the video iPod, the rise of videoblogging, and the recent acquisition of iFilm.com by MTV to back up that claim. And with popular, new peer-to-peer filesharing protocols like BitTorrent, maybe there’s hope for the continued health of truly independent cinema.