By Evan DeSimone
Tribeca Enterprises, the parent company of the iconic Tribeca Film Festival, and Lionsgate are teaming up to launch Tribeca Shortlist, a new SVOD platform aimed at lovers of quality cinema.
While most streaming platforms are using increasingly sophisticated algorithms to crack the problem of content discovery, Tribeca Shortlist will instead put human tastemakers front and center, with a curated roster of films selected by a group of directors, popular actors, industry insiders and film industry influencers.
“We’re taking a more human approach to movie discovery for viewers who want to escape the search spiral and find a great movie fast,” said Tribeca Shortlist president Jeff Bronikowski in a statement.
Curators, referred to on the platform as Shortlisters, will create personalized shortlists of films built around themes like “Cult Films 101,” “Groundbreaking Horror” and “Zero to Hero: Transformative Stories.” At launch, featured shortlisters will include John Leguizamo (“Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar,” the “Ice Age” films), Matthew Modine (“Full Metal Jacket”), documentary filmmaker and producer Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”), actress Yaya DaCosta (“The Kids Are All Right”), Tribeca’s Geoff Gilmore, producer Jason Blum (“Paranormal Activity”), fitness expert Bob Harper (“The Biggest Loser”) and actress and Maker Studios co-founder Lisa Donovan.
The platform’s catalog will include approximately 150 films at launch with a roster that spans classics, indie standouts and foreign films. Among them will be a bevy of familiar award winners and hits including “Crash,” “City of God,” “Chasing Amy,” “Adventureland,” “Dinosaur 13,” “Amelie” and “The Producers.” Of those initial titles, approxmately one third will turn over on a monthly basis, bringing fifty fresh films into the fold as another fifty exit.
The new platform will face competition from other film-focused streamers, most prominently Mubi. While the streamer has yet to gain substantial traction in the U.S., it is growing rapidly in Europe through a series of distribution deals, as well as licensing pacts with major studios Paramount and Sony that broaden its appeal to English speakers.
Priced at $4.99 per month, Tribeca Shortlist launches today in the U.S.