The opportunities are endless for filmmakers today. A number of OTTs worldwide keep looking for unique content to stream on their channel, giving young and independent filmmakers a platform to put their content on a global stage. With immense viewership, some of these OTTs are region and genre-specific too, giving content creators a chance to expand their territories by way of presenting their art to a new set of audience.
Here is a consolidated list of top video streaming OTTs around the world that acquire Indian content and provide a global stage to independent films par excellence.
1. MUBI: Those who have tried finding platforms to distribute their films already know this cinema paradise. A hot choice for filmmakers across the world, MUBI is a global platform with a hand-curated selection of the world's best films on-demand, providing its subscribers with a new film every day, and giving a chance to new as well as award-winning directors to showcase their work on a global level.
2. Spuul: Spuul is a leading OTT player providing movie and TV content to over 47 million registered users in the Middle East, the UK, North America, Australia, New Zealand, South and South East Asia and India. What's special about this platform is that it specifically focuses on Indian content, giving a whole new amount of opportunities to Indian independent filmmakers.
3. Apple TV Plus: Apple TV+ offers an extensive library of Apple originals as well as a small library of licensed content that includes award-winning series, compelling dramas, groundbreaking documentaries, kids’ entertainment, comedies, and more.
4. Sling TV: Sling TV is an app-based TV service that offers both Live TV as well as on-demand video streaming online. Recently, it has collaborated with Voot to provide Indian content to Sling international customers who can watch reality shows, Voot original shows and films, and any other content offered by Voot just with their Sling subscription.
5. Kanopy: Kanopy is basically a digital library that partners with public libraries and universities to bring select users (members of either the affiliated libraries or universities) a free yet ad-free experience of thousands of films, documentaries, classic cinema, independent films and educational videos from all across the world that inspire, enrich and entertain.
6. Tubi: Tubi, an ad-supported American video streaming platform that houses over 20,000 movies and shows from across the world that also includes a dedicated collection of indie features.
7. Xumo: Available in the US, UK, France and several other regions, Xumo is a free video streaming service supported by ads, that is based on traditional television programming and offers 190 different channels to choose from. As a result the content offered on Xumo is more than diverse with films, shows, documentaries, news, music videos, and anything else that a traditional TV viewing offers.
8. Amazon Prime Video: With an extremely popular presence worldwide, Amazon Prime Video is one of the leading choices of filmmakers to distribute their content. It gives access to thousands of titles to all its Prime members across the globe that includes a mix of popular entertainers as well as classic and independent movies.
9. Netflix: Streaming in more than 30 languages and 190 countries, Netflix is one of the most popular online video streaming platforms. A pool of diverse content, panning across genres, Netflix as a platform actively supports independent as well as art cinema. Needless to mention, it is filmmakers’ most sought-after platform to get their content on.
10. IndiePix Unlimited: There are a lot of video streaming platforms across the globe that are solely dedicated to independent cinema. IndiePix, being one of them, is a popular choice among movie buffs and those with interest in arthouse cinema. The platform is always interested in top-quality independent films, both narrative and documentary, features and short films, of domestic or international origin, and hence has made it easy for filmmakers or distributors to reach out to them with their film catalogues.
11. The Criterion Channel: The Criterion Channel is a streaming service offered by the Criterion Collection, a company that restores and distributes classic films. The Criterion Channel offers select titles from across the world, independent as well as classic, and provides contemporary filmmakers with a platform to reach the right audience.
12. Sundance Now: An initiative by Sundance Institute, Sundance Now is much more than just a streaming service. On their mission to celebrate the power of storytelling, they showcase stories told by unique voices and offers a variety of prestige drama, international thrillers, bone-chilling true crime, and contemporary as well as independent cinema from across the globe.