VOLTA ANNOUNCES CONTENT PARTNERSHIP WITH ARTIFICIAL EYE

The Irish Video on Demand platform Volta today announced a new content partnership with leading UK Distributor Artificial Eye, coinciding with the VOD release of Holy Motors, which is now available to stream or download on Volta.

Volta (Best E-Commerce Website, 2012 Irish Web Awards) offers an online catalogue of Irish and international independent films to a nationwide audience. The partnership with Artificial Eye, one of the UK’s leading distribution companies, will bring a host of new releases and classic titles to the popular ‘pay as you watch’ video-on-demand site.

Artificial Eye titles already available on the site include Holy Motors, the Leon Carax hit of Cannes 2012 which stars Denis Lavant, Kylie Minogue and Eva Mendes, 360 which stars Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins and Rachel Weisz and Life During Wartime directed by Todd Solondz, starring Ciarán Hinds and Allison Janney.

Recent releases which will be added to the site include the 2013 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee Amour, directed by Michael Haneke, Sally Potter’s Ginger & Rosa(Christina Hendricks, Annette Bening) and Alps, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth). The Artificial Eye catalogue also includes titles such as Code Unknown, Funny Games, The Piano Teacher and Hidden by Michael Haneke, Antichrist andMelancholia by Lars von Trier, Of Gods And Men, The Maid and Waltz With Bashiramong many others.

Speaking of the partnership, Andrew Lowe, CEO of Volta said “We are proud to partner with Artificial Eye and host their excellent collection of films on Volta. Our objective is to bring the best of Irish and independent cinema into homes across the country and the titles available to us through this new partnership represent a great opportunity for Irish audiences to watch internationally acclaimed films at home. This is a great step forward for Volta and we look forward to announcing more great additions and partnerships in the coming months”.

Philip Knatchbull, CEO of Curzon Artificial Eye, says: “We’re delighted to have a deal in place with Volta, and to have our films available to their audience across Ireland.”

Artificial Eye joins Film 4, Momentum Pictures, Revolver Entertainment, Pathé, Dogwoof, Element Pictures Distribution and many other Irish and international distributors whose titles are available to watch through the Volta website and the recently launched Volta Facebook App.

VOLTA.IE TO HOST STREAMS: THE EUROPEAN ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL

Volta, the Irish owned and operated video on demand service for independent film, will be the exclusive Irish host of STREAMS: The European Online Film Festival. STREAMS is presented in association with the Independent European Video on Demand Platforms of the EuroVoD network. The online festival will run simultaneously on seven European Video on Demand platforms from Dec 1st to Dec 31st.

This new and unique festival will give Irish audiences exclusive access to fourteen recent European feature films and documentaries that haven’t yet premiered outside of their national territories. Audiences across Europe will now also have the chance to see recent Irish releases One Hundred Mornings and Sensation. The festival is the first of its kind in Europe and titles will be available to stream on volta.ie for the entire month of December. The carefully curated selection showcases an incredible mix of feature films and documentaries from across Europe.

By logging on to volta.ie or www.streamsfilmfestival.com (from December 1st) fans can enjoy films selected for the festival and also access exclusive editorial content and video bonuses. All foreign language films have English subtitles and users can opt to stream films individually for €2.99 or buy a festival pass for €24.99 to enjoy all the films at a lower cost.

The Films

Perfect Stranger, Spain
Starring Colm Meaney. Winner: Best International First Feature Award at the Galway Film Fleadh 2012. The mysterious arrival of a foreigner to a small village in a Mediterranean island awakens interest from a diverse group of residents.

Diamond Flash, Spain
Five women, each with different agendas, are linked in some way to Diamond Flash, a mysterious character who will change their lives forever.

Still Life, Austria
An unexpected letter forces siblings Bernhard and Lydia to confront each other and to deal with their family history. A powerful, disturbing portrait of a family, struggling to cope with the sins of their father.

The Fatherless, Austria
Four siblings reunite for their father’s funeral and thrash out their complicated and conflicting feelings about their childhoods, uncovering buried secrets. “Amazingly assured” IndieWire.

All That Remains, Switzerland
Four people, bound by the common thread of a deeply personal loss, take to the road at a pivotal moment in their lives, hoping to move ahead. Along the way they unexpectedly intersect with one another, forever altering their understanding of brotherhood, friendship, and love.

Nomad’s Land : In the Footsteps of Nicolas Bouvier, Switzerland
Winner, Golden Gate Award For Best Documentary Feature, San Francisco International Film Festival. A travelogue documentary charting an early explorer.

Hotel Deutschland 2, Germany
Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Stefan Paul returns East Berlin for a tour of the arts and music scenes.

Sohnemänner, Germany
A moving story about the complex relationship between a father and son, told in a serious and humorous way.

Berlin Telegram, Belgium
Leila and Antoine were passionately in love until one day, Antoine leaves Leila for someone else. Leila’s reaction is to abandon her life in Brussels to start afresh in Berlin, taking with her nothing but a small video camera.

Fils Unique, Belgium
The story of a divorced taxi driver from the north of France, who is asked by his mother, recently diagnosed with cancer, to take in his cantankerous father, a man he has not spoken to in ten years.

Living on Love Alone, France
“Very watchable…. Czajka has thoroughly mastered the unforced naturalism that French cinema has such a knack for”. The Guardian. A story of love, and the things that bind us.

Crossdresser, France
A documentary featuring various men who indulge in cross-dressing, an activity seen as incongruous with their day to day lives as married fathers.

One Hundred Mornings, Ireland
A handful of people are left struggling to survive in a remote village in rural Ireland following a catastrophic event.

Sensation, Ireland
When an Irish farmer dies, his sole heir Donal is left some land; but Donal hasn’t inherited much in terms of social skills. He finds it hard to talk to women, and in frustration turns to the internet where he hooks up with Kiwi call-girl Kim. She has plans to open her own brothel, a dream Donal decides to help her realize.

Volta is part of the EuroVod Network, a collection of seven video on demand platforms which offer the best independent film online. Based in seven different European countries, the other participating platforms are UniversCiné (France), Flimmit (Austria), Volta (Ireland), leKino.ch (Switzerland), Filmin (Spain), UniversCiné.be (Belgium) and Good!Movies (Germany).

About EuroVOD

Created in 2010, EuroVoD is a collaborative management model between video on demand platforms, production companies and distribution companies specialising in independent cinema of high artistic quality. EuroVoD works with more than 200 rights holders, producers, distributors and sales agents to bring independent films to millions of people throughout Europe.

Volta (Ireland) is an initiative of Element Pictures, Ireland’s leading film production and distribution company. Volta recently won the Best eCommerce/Services website at the Realex Payments Irish Web Awards 2012. www.volta.ie.

UniversCiné (France) is an initiative of the main French independent cinema producers and distributors. It has a catalogue of more than 2230 titles on its Video on Demand platform, the most popular portal of independent cinema in France.www.universcine.com.

UniversCiné Belgium is an initiative of Belgian producers and many of the distributors operating in Benelux. A catalogue of more than 1400 titles is available on the bilingual (French and Flemish) Video on Demand platform, www.universcine.be.

Filmin (Spain), is an initiative of Spanish producers, distributors, DVD editors, and theatrical exhibitors of art-house films: Alta Films, Cameo, Continental, El Deseo, Golem, Tornasol Films, Wanda Vision. www.filmin.es.

Good!Movies (Germany) is the home video-label of ten German distributors of independent films. www.goodmovies.de.

Flimmit (Austria) is the main independent VoD platform in Austria, With its two services, the Flimmit VOD shop and the Flimmit Online Movie Guide, Flimmit is a multiple times awarded model throughout Europe. www.flimmit.com.

leKino.ch (Switzerland), is the brand new Swiss VoD platform specialised in independent movies with a spotlight on Swiss films. leKino.ch launched and is available in German, French and English, with editorial content featuring interviews, articles etc. onwww.lekino.ch.

VOLTA WINS BEST ECOMMERCE/SERVICES WEBSITE AT THE REALEX PAYMENTS IRISH WEB AWARDS 2012

Volta, the Irish owned and operated video on demand service for Irish and international independent film, took home the award for Best eCommerce/Services website at the Realex Payments Irish Web Awards. The awards ceremony took place in the Round Room at the Mansion House in Dublin. Volta was also nominated in the Best Entertainment Website category.

Coming a month after the launch of its Facebook App, the award was accepted on the night by Tom Lawlor, Marketing Manager for Volta, who said “We’re delighted to win this award in our first year of operation and would like to thank the Web Awards judges for nominating Volta in both categories. I would also like to thank the Irish Film Board, MEDIA, all our content partners and most importantly, our customers over the last year”.

Andrew Lowe, Director of Element Pictures / Volta said, “I am so grateful to all of the Irish Web Awards judging panel for this award which acknowledges the extraordinary effort and commitment of the Volta team to deliver a truly innovative and world class service to our Irish customers”.

Over 600 nominations were submitted for the awards, and Volta was one of 8 finalists in its winning category, competing against such sites as entertainment.ie, DoneDeal.ie and hairybaby.com. Judged by 100+ members of the Irish web community, The Realex Payments Irish Web Awards are held annually to recognise people who do great things on the web.

VOLTA, THE IRISH VIDEO ON DEMAND SERVICE LAUNCHES FACEBOOK APP

Volta, the Irish video on demand service for Irish and international independent film, today announced the launch of its Social Viewing Facebook App, in addition to the existent online platform. The Facebook app is the first of its kind for an Irish company and allows consumers nationwide to stream, share, gift and rate the full Volta catalogue of films from directly within their Facebook account.

Launched in January by Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Volta is an initiative of Element Pictures. Speaking today about the new app, Andrew Lowe, Director of Element Pictures said: We have developed this Facebook app together with our European partners in the Eurovod Federation to strengthen our offering and position in the market and to enable our customers share their passion in film with their friends.  We want to harness the unique power of Facebook to enable our users to build a nationwide community around Volta and to have fun with their friends sharing their choices in film.  We are very encouraged by the feedback to date on this app, and we look forward to introducing other innovations to Volta over the coming months.”

The social viewing app allows film fans to instantly stream titles from the Volta catalogue while logged into their Facebook account. A central feature allows users to share films with their friends and make a rental purchase as a gift for a friend.  App users can discover and choose films in many ways: tailored lists based on titles previously viewed by their friends, the most popular titles among the Volta Facebook community and also films based on the user’s current ‘likes’ and interests on Facebook.

A key consumer benefit of the service is the instant access to independent films for regional audiences: often, independent films are released in Dublin for a limited theatrical run. Volta brings a huge catalogue of recent independent titles which haven’t been shown outside art-house cinemas in Dublin to all broadband connected homes in Ireland.

A key part of Volta’s offering is ‘day and date’ releases; films available on Volta on the same day as their theatrical release. The recently released Irish film SILENCE is an example of one such release, and UK films THE ISLAND PRESIDENT and TOWN OF RUNNERS were also available on Volta on the same day as in cinemas. These films and more such releases will also be available on the Volta Facebook App.

Recent additions to the catalogue include Irish hits like THE GUARD, SENSATION,PARKED and THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, along with a collection of other Paolo Sorrentino films, and international hits like SHAME and WOMAN IN BLACK. The LCD Soundsystem documentary SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS will also be available on Volta soon.

Access the app: http://apps.facebook.com/volta-vod/

Access the Volta website: http://www.volta.ie