Magazine article Screen International

MovieSaints VoD Platform Launches with Unusual Hook

Magazine article Screen International

MovieSaints VoD Platform Launches with Unusual Hook

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US and India-based online platform MovieSaints has developed a novel concept for drawing users to the TVoD (transactional VoD) model.

The site, which charges around $4.99 per movie, enables viewers to claim a full refund if they don't like the film they're watching in the first ten minutes.

If they watch beyond ten minutes, they pay a non-refundable platform fee of $1.99, but can decide over the next 24 hours if they want a partial refund, pay full price or pay above the requested fee. Whatever viewers pay above the platform fee goes back to the filmmakers or distributors and sales agents.

"We understand that buying an independent film online is a risk in terms of both time and money for the viewer," said MovieSaints CEO Priyadarshi Rishiraj. "So we wanted to create a platform that reduces risk for the viewer, at the same time as making money for the filmmaker."

Titles acquired by MovieSaints so far include recent Rotterdam winner Sexy Durga, directed by India's Sanal Kumar Sasidharan; Kenyan drama Nairobi Half Life; German documentary Sound Of Heimat; and Chinese director Liu Shu's Lotus. …

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