Amazon beefing up payments for its Sundance Film Festival program

Amazon sign on storefront
Amazon also today announced the official selections from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival that are now available on Amazon Prime Video.

Amazon is increasing the incentives for Sundance filmmakers to sign on to its Amazon Prime Video Film Festival Stars program by offering “enhanced bonuses” and global distribution.

“We launched the Film Festival Stars Program at Sundance earlier this year because we heard from our customers they love watching independent films,” said Eric Orme, head of Amazon Video Direct, in a statement. “So far in 2017, FFS has secured the streaming rights to 76 feature films that we’re confident will thrill and delight our customers… We’ll be extending Film Festival Stars to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival with an emphasis on global distribution and enhanced bonuses for filmmakers, and look forward to seeing the great films we’ll be able to bring exclusively to Prime members.”

Earlier this year, according to Variety, Amazon offered a one-time cash bonus and higher royalty rates. In exchange, filmmakers had to grant Amazon 24-month streaming deals for the films, with the first 12 months being exclusive.


Like this story? Subscribe to FierceVideo!

The Video industry is an ever-changing world where big ideas come along daily. Cable, Media and Entertainment, Telco, and Tech companies rely on FierceVideo for the latest news, trends, and analysis on video creation and distribution, OTT delivery technologies, content licensing, and advertising strategies. Sign up today to get news and updates delivered to your inbox and read on the go.

As the report pointed out, Amazon will pay $100,000 for U.S. dramatic films and premieres, $75,000 for U.S. documentaries and documentary premieres, and $25,000 for World Dramatic, World Documentaries, Next, Spotlight, Kids, Midnight and New Frontier selections.

RELATED: Amazon offering bonuses, increased royalties for exclusive Sundance film streaming rights

Amazon appears to be aggressively chasing more of the prestige it garnered with “Manchester by the Sea,” its film that at this year’s Academy Awards earned multiple nominations (including Best Picture) and won for Best Actor (Casey Affleck) and Best Original Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan). That kind of high-profile honor, as demonstrated this year by Hulu’s Emmy win for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” can help drive subscribers to a service.

Amazon’s renewed push comes as rival Netflix finally has its own Best Picture hopeful with “Mudbound.”

Amazon also today announced the official selections from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival that are now available on Amazon Prime Video. Those films include “Manifesto” starring Cate Blanchett, “Marjorie Prime,” and “Free and Easy.”

Suggested Articles

Xumo announced Monday that its free, ad-supported streaming TV service is now available on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 platform.

Amobee is launching a data marketplace for connected TV advertising to provide brands and agencies with access to data for activation across connected TV and…

When Charter and Disney earlier this week announced their new carriage agreement, they included news about cooperatively working against video piracy, which…