Nightstream, which launched in 2020 as a virtual film festival looking to provide options for filmmakers and viewers during the pandemic, is returning as a transactional VOD platform focused on genre films.
The relaunch is being steered by the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, in association with the Boston Underground Film Festival and the Overlook Film Festival.
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The first Nightstream exclusive title is Summoners, from Terence Krey and Christine Nyland, the duo behind 2020’s An Unquiet Grave. Summoners, whose cast features long-established indie film figure Larry Fessenden, world premiered at last year’s Brooklyn horror fest. Per its official logline, the film centers on “a former witch who is plunged back into a world of witchcraft far more dangerous than ever before, after her childhood friend seeks her help in performing a dark spell.”
As of today’s Halloween launch, the platform will feature more than 30 titles, from indie distributors like Oscilloscope, Dark Star, Dark Sky, Dekanalog, Utopia and Yellow Veil Pictures. Films include Jane Schoenbrun’s We’re All Going to World’s Fair, Gaspar Noe’s Lux Aeterna and Joel Potrykus’ Buzzard.
Prices will vary per title, and customers will have the option to rent or buy most titles, with a default price of $4.99 to rent and $12.99 to buy.
“Finding a way to support new indie films along with keeping our collective festivals afloat during the
pandemic was our priority and I’m thrilled that we can continue that for the long term,” said Brooklyn Horror Film Festival Director Justin Timms, who is spearheading the relaunch of Nightstream. “Not only will we be sharing revenue with the films on the channel, but a portion of the proceeds will also be split among the other founding festivals. We hope audiences around the country will see the value in supporting this effort and choose Nightstream when renting one of these standout titles.”
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