You can now sign up for a new initiative launched by Locarno Pro, Heritage Online. This is a digital tool that extends the outreach and distribution of Heritage Films through VOD (Video on Demand), thereby significantly expanding the range of titles offered by such services.
Heritage Online is a dynamic online database of international library and heritage films that runs all year round. This platform, connecting rightsholders and VOD broadcasters, makes it quick and easy to retrieve the details of individual films, their technical information, licenses availabilities, as well as to watch the available works in a dedicated Online Screening Room. Heritage Online will be accessible to all film professionals populating the platform in the upcoming weeks and throughout the year, although highlighted companies on the service will be exclusively rightsholders and VOD Broadcasters (Streamers).
The new project also plays host to activities that will facilitate smooth networking during the days of Locarno Pro (7-9 August, taking place online in 2020):
Two models of subscription to the platform are available to rightsholders: Basic (CHF 85) and Premium (CHF 160). The first allows rightsholders to offer a selection from their catalogue on the platform, while the second includes the possibility to add one film to the Online Screening Room. There they can give potential clients the chance to view a selection of titles for up to a year. Adding one additional title to the Online Screening Room comes at a cost of CHF 70.
The eligibility criteria to include film titles on Heritage Online are as follows:
For VOD broadcasters the subscription to the platform comes free of charge. This account will allow year-round access to the database as well as to pitchings, round table discussions, and more networking activities that will take place during Locarno Pro.
Any other category of interested Film professionals can subscribe to Heritage Online to browse the database and watch films in the Online Screening Room. This membership can be obtained for CHF 85.
All Heritage Online subscriptions give 12 months access to the Database.
From next year 74th Locarno Film Festival on, a basic subscription to Heritage Online will be included when purchasing a Locarno Pro accreditation.
Heritage Online is possible thanks to the support of the Federal Office of Culture (FOC) / MEDIA Desk Suisse.