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Oct 22, 2014
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Orborun: Become The Pinball, In This Feel-Good, Futuristic Racer-Puzzler

For the next 14 days we’re bringing you a solid slice of fun – in the form of the fast-paced racing-puzzler, Orborun. This release comes with the original Android game as well as the adapted, upgraded and streamlined Windows, Mac AND Linux versions.

Oh and for you Steam hounds (we know you’re out there) — yes! we have Steam keys.

Meet Orbo. That's you.

One to dive into when you’re in the mood for some straight-ahead, swift rolling, relaxing action – although there can be yelling when you don’t nail a level, and groaning when you hurtle over the edge into the digital abyss. Still, a cool breakbeat soundtrack contributes to the good-time groove as you hurl your cute little Orbot through vertiginous, Portal-on-acid-style levels of increasing velocity and trickiness.

“Little running mech man. Ramps and boosts. High scores. Jumps. Get to the portal. Wrong portal. Start again. Fall off. Start again. Beat the level. Start the next one. Mindlessly. Happily.”  Twinfinite.

Tiny Lab Productions have done a fantastic job of producing an entertaining, light-but-challenging vibe as the game develops. You’ll be constantly surprised at the new tricks they pull on you as you progress and you’re forced to put your pinball through increasingly demanding moves.

“Bouncing that little rolled-up mech ball off a sick boost jump into a string of high scoring items only to smash through some blue glass as the finish line comes into sight is bizarrely satisfying.” Twinfinite, again.

Beyond the various hazards strewn in your path and the general mechanic of fast-paced pinball manoeuvering plus regular power-ups for some pleasantly zippy sequences, many levels require you to navigate through puzzle-like warp portals and launch pads to get to the exit. Puzzle plus kinetics, in the end, creates more than enough interest to create a potential addiction problem across three levels of play.

Thanks to Nick over at Digerati Distribution for bringing us this one. Grab Orborun today and hurtle your way to freedom!

Oct 20, 2014
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War Stories: Pay-What-You-Want For The Future Of War, Now

Fresh off the presses from our friends at Apex Books, and currently rocking a solid 4.5 stars on Goodreads, we’re proud to present our first pay-what-you-want, One-Shot release: War Stories. (It’s available for the next 10 days. If you haven’t already, subscribe to the mailing list to hear first about our upcoming, most excellent deals and discoveries.)

Front Cover: War Stories

Science fiction’s been speculating about war from the earliest days of the genre. From George Tomkyns Chesney’s The Battle of Dorking and H.G. Well’s War of the Worlds & War In the Air to Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers to Karin Traviss’s Wess’har Wars series and Dan Abnett’s Embedded, science fiction literature has long imagined and elaborated ideas of war.

In a 21st century characterised by permanent, weird, asymmetric war, a collection like this couldn’t be more timely. Funded via a successful Kickstarter,the hefty 356pp, illustrated book presents some of today’s most exciting short fiction authors, and a glimpse of the down and dirty future of war.

War Stories is divided into four sections: “Wartime Systems,” “Combat,” “Armored Force” and “Aftermath.” Many of the stories, especially those in the “Aftermath” section, wrestle with such present-day realities of military life as posttraumatic stress and  the moral implications of remote killing via drones.

With the book only out just a few days, great reviews are already pouring in from publications as well as readers. ‘The stories in this anthology have a strong focus on the protagonists and the costs and consequences of war,’ writes Paul Weimar at SF Signal. ‘It’s the people and their stories that make the stories in War Stories truly excellent.’

‘The authors focus on what the future holds for soldiers’ bodies,’ explains BookishlyWitty, ’how they’ll react to biological “upgrades,” high-tech prosthetics, brain implants, and even teleportation. Others consider the role of militarized suits, advanced drones, and virtual reality. The anthology brings together talented authors imagining the same topic in diverse, unique ways.’

The collection is available as a VODO release for 14 days only at 35% discount on Buy-It-Now, or for pay-what-you-want, via our new Bid feature: simply make your bid and our friendly algorithm will let you know if you won. You only pay if you receive the content at the price you want!

p.s.. The collection’s editors, Jaym Gates and Andrew Liptak, ran an AMA over at Reddit during their Kickstarter last year. Many of the authors in the collection jump in!

p.p.s  If you enjoy War Stories, jump over to  Apex (take a look at their free books!) and take advantage of their excellent bundle offer.)

May 23, 2014
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Scare Yourself Stiff –– The Really Creepy Bundle

Join us for an adventure to the dark side!

Dare you prise open the creepiest bundle of them all – support our inspiring independent creators, help charity, and make off with some great, great content for yourself?

WHAT’S IN IT?

WHAT’S THE DEAL?

The choice is yours: beat the average price, or choose exactly what to pay. Simply click the “That’s too much for me!” button and tell us which tier you want and how much you want it for. Our mysterious (and possibly sentient) algorithm will select from the best bids. If selected, you’ll automatically receive a bundle at your chosen price.

With VODO, everyone can afford some spine-tingling fun. Our creators want you to know they’re super happy whatever your level of support. 

WHO BENEFITS?

70% of contributions are divided between content providers, 25% goes to VODO and 5% goes to our chosen charity for the bundle, Electronic Frontier Foundation. The EFF is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. EFF works to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.

So… your purchase guarantees fair recognition for the work of our fabulous contributors, helps pay VODO to find and share more great content in ways that make sense, and even helps cut a nice check for charity!

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May 16, 2014
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Cutting Edge Indie — The Cork Film Festival Bundle

Reeled and landed by Cork Film Festival, we’re proud to present a special selection of gripping, innovative and inspiring movies from new, emerging and established filmmakers.

Now in its 59th year,  Ireland’s Cork Film Festival  is an industry-leading institution for movie-making talent development with a fiercely independent programme that reflects the character of the rebel city.

Including shorts, features, dramas and documentaries, The Cork Film Festival Bundle boasts seven feature films and seven shorts, including award-winning works from the Grand Prix 2013 pick. With a recommended retail price of over $100, this lovingly assembled library of works is available on a Pay What You Want basis. So… what’s it worth to you?

The bundle includes:

Bird on a Wire (feature doc)
Intimate portrait of singer and author Leonard Cohen’s tour of the same name, hidden and unreleased until 2010.

Barbaric Genius (feature doc)
One man’s rise from alcoholic street thief to chess master and award-winning author.

How to be Happy (feature comedy)
Intensity mounts as a relationship counsellor starts sleeping with his clients

Here One Day (feature doc)
A stunning and stark exploration of a mother’s struggle with life, recomposed from a hidden box of audiotapes

The O’Briens (feature comedy)
Against the backdrop of beautiful Galway, a loveable, dysfunctional Irish family negotiates a chain of unfolding secrets

NCR: Not Criminally Responsible (feature doc)
A provocative examination of the criminalisation of mental illness

Nocturne (feature doc)
Controversial examination of the life of the great British composer, Benjamin Britten

Stolen (Short drama; Winner, Grand Prix Cork, Cork Film Festival 2013)
A young girl is held captive by a couple in strange house

Mechanic (Short drama; Special Mention, Grand Prix Irish, Cork Film Festival 2013)
A mechanic fixes up an old car for his last ever drive, but old age catches up with him 

“It’s like you’re giving a donation to support independent filmmaking… and getting 14 amazing movies with it!”
James Mullighan, Creative Director, CFF

WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES

70% of contributions are divided between content providers, 25% goes to VODO and 5% goes to Cork Film Festival and the Spirit of the Festival Award––a new fund and accolade recognising bold ideas well told, and new, experimental and hybrid forms.

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Apr 14, 2014
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The Otherworlds Bundle––Indie Sci-Fi From The Edge!

Grab your ticket for a mind-rupturing ride through our interstellar collection of Sci-Fi and Speculative Fiction movies, games, ebooks and music (and meet the team in our craziest intro video to date!).

VODO’s Otherworlds Bundle is jammed with far-out entertainment from the incredible, to the implausible to the downright strange, by inspiring independent creators from around the globe.

Pay What You Want while this offer lasts and get lifetime access to a constellation of crucial creativity including:

Ghosts With Shit Jobs
(Mockumentary satire by former Adbusters Editor, Jim Munroe)
“a brilliant, satirical indie flick about the future of dead-end jobs” io9;

AI Wars: Fleet Command
(Brilliant RTS from Arcen Games)
“Expertly crafted” Boomtown, 90; ”close to perfect”Dark Zero;
“Excellent space strategy.” 
PC Gamer

Drones
(Awesome indie feature by Amber Benson and Adam Busch of Buffy fame)
“The Office meets Close Encounters”,  ”office politics take on cosmic dimensions” Eye For Film;
“a heightened reality that’s just left-of-center…. It’s hard not to root for a film that can translate intergalactic drama into water cooler talk.” 
Notcoming.com

The Surrogates 1, 2 and Case Files 
(Top-notch graphic novel collection from Top Shelf Productions)
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! ”The Best Indie Book of the year.” IGN;
“An absolutely fascinating piece of work — heartfelt and thoughtful” Fantasy & Science Fiction;

As well as:
Future My Love, a documentary from Maja Borg:
Romance and politics in the ruins of economic collapse

Bientôt l’été, Tale of Tales games:
Existential gaming at it’s most atmospheric

Clarkesworld magazine, 4-month subscription; Blink short-film compilation (Prospect (2013); The Naturalist (2012); In the Pines (2011); Jouet (2012)); The Apex Book of World SF:
Collected works of short-form Sci-Fi in movie and magazine form

Sabled Sun 5-part album suite; Not Not Fun records Out-There EP:
Soundtracks for your ride – file under deep-spaced 

Jump aboard––It’s a TRIP!

 

WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES

70% of contributions are divided between content providers, 25% goes to VODO and 5% goes to our chosen charity for the bundle, Electronic Frontier Foundation. The EFF is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. EFF works to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.

So… your purchase guarantees fair recognition for the work of our fabulous contributors, helps pay VODO to find and share more great content in ways that make sense, and even helps cut a nice check for charity!

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Feb 21, 2014
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The NSFW Bundle – Sizzling, Sleazy, Seductive Fun!

How hot is too hot? Undo those buttons, recline and take your time to explore a bursting bundle of edgy, fun, sex-positive sights and sounds.

BDSM star, activist and educator Madison Young presents this potent concoction of cult sleaze on celluloid, great games, hot music and enthralling ebooks that tickle, tease, stroke and smack their way around the subject of sex, or throb with unquenched desire and wild abandon.

Available for 15 days only, from 21 February to 07 March, VODO’s NSFW Bundle is here to engorge your curiosity with: a digitally remastered sexploitation classic (Vampire Hookers) and bare-naked tale of sex on celluloid (A Labor Of Love); simmering tales of burlesque seduction in sumptuous HD (Cabaret Desire); three games of pleasure tactics, pent-up anticipation and libidinal lunacy (Seduce Me, Dinner Date and My Girlfriend is the President); two hot, too-cool EPs in hi-intensity, hi-def FLAC format and Mp3 (Animal Chuki, LA Vampires); and three tightly gripping reads and romps (Jess Fink’s Chester 5000, Girlvert by Ashley Blue and Daddy by Madison Young). For the first thousand Premium sales, there’s a one week entry ticket to Erika Lust’s xconfessions message board, where you can share your deepest sexual secrets for a chance to have them brought to life in an erotic short film.

This brimming bottle of burning hot sauce combines over $120 worth of high-quality cross-media to entertain, educate, amuse and arouse.

Madison Young, Author of BDSM memoir, Daddy, commented:

Sex-positive means healthy sexual communication, authenticity, finding a sense of sexual wellness. All of the images that bombard us on a daily basis, on billboards and in commercials, are constantly telling us ‘this is what you should look like’, ‘this is who you should be’ and––when it comes to porn––that you’d better be squealing in this way, be able to get your legs over your shoulders, take it in all of your orifices at the same time and act like you like it. I try to undo all of that. Believe in whoever you are inside and amplify it! Thanks for taking a look at the Not Safe For Work bundle––I hope you find something you like!

WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES

70% of contributions are divided between our fabulous content providers, 25% goes to VODO and 5% goes to our chosen charity, The Center For Sex and Culture. Based in San Francisco, USA, this award-winning nonprofit offers judgment-free education and events to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum, as well as framing and informing issues of public policy and public health.

 

PARTNERS IN ART

VODO is proud to present an ongoing series of Artists’ Moving Image works, curated in collaboration with Michael Cousin/Outcasting (Cardiff, UK) and supported by the Arts Council of Wales. The programme has previously shown work by Darren Banks and accompanying the NSFW Bundle are works by Cristine Brache and Miguel Maldonado.

 

  

 

 

Oct 30, 2013
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The Big Brother Bundle, Curated By Daniel Domscheit-Berg (ex-Wikileaks)

The word is out: we’re all being watched. It’s never been more important to think about our privacy — and how governments and corporations are invading it.

VODO asked one of the original members of Wikileaks, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, to help curate the unique, one-off bundle of content around the theme of Big Brother. It brings together indie creators, authors and experts on one of the most important issues of the day and is available for 20 days only, starting October 30.

VODO’s Big Brother Bundle contains two essential documentaries fresh from major film festivals (Shadows of Liberty, Secrecy), award-winning graphic novels (The Homeland Directive, Subatomic), highly rated Steam games (I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream, Hacker Evolution: Duality), original music from conscious hip-hop star Immortal Technique (Surveillance EP), a book from privacy guru Bruce Scheneier (Schneier on Security), and, for the first 10,000 “Beat The Average” customers, 3 months online privacy from well-respected VPN provider iPredator. The bundle also sees the launch of a partnership between VODO and Outcasting agency for artist’s moving image, supported by the Arts Council of Wales, to include artist’s film and video with VODO releases. The Big Brother Bundle will feature Removable Media, a short found-video work by UK-based artist Darren Banks.

We’re proud to have brought together over $145 worth of content in the bundle – and a great combination of fun, information and creativity.
Daniel Domscheit-Berg, author of Wikileaks: My Years With Julian Assange, commented:

“I’m delighted to be involved in this exciting bundle. It’s an important time for us all to be thinking about these issues – and this is a great way to get in touch with the issues, collect some great, fun content and support independent creators distributing their work in a truly innovative way.”


Daniel’s biography is the basis of the new film The 5th Estate. He lives and works in Berlin Germany.

WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES

70% of contributions are divided equally between the 7 content providers, 25% goes to VODO and 5% goes to our chosen charity, Fight For The Future. Fight for the Future is dedicated to protecting and expanding the Internet’s transformative power in our lives by creating civic campaigns that are engaging for millions of people.

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Aug 1, 2013
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Lovecraft / Cthulhu Trans-Media Bundle Goes Live On VODO – 3 Week Special Offer

Grab this awesome Pay-What-You-Want collection of trans-media treats inspired by the writings and mythos of cult American horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, including film, indie games, ezines, ebooks, audio books and more, only on VODO!

For the as yet uninitiated, here is a good explanation of Lovecraft’s style from Wikipedia: ‘Lovecraftian horror is a sub-genre of horror fiction which emphasizes the psychological horror of the unknown (in some cases, unknowable) over gore or other elements of shock, though these may still be present… The hallmark of Lovecraft’s work was the sense that ordinary life was a thin shell over a reality which was so alien and abstract in comparison that merely contemplating it would damage the sanity of the ordinary person.’

The bundle includes the following goodies:

Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land(Android & PC Game), courtesy of Red Wasp Design
Cthulhu Saves the World (PC Game), courtesy of Zeboyd Games
Die Farbe / The Colour Out Of Space (Film), courtesy of BrinkVision
Innsmouth Magazine, Collected Issues 1-4 / 5-7 (eBooks), courtesy of Innsmouth Free Press
Lovecraft Audio Books Packs 1 & 2 (mp3 audio), courtesy of The Atlanta Radio Theatre Company
Lovecraft eZine, 2 x Annual Megapacks, 2011/2012 (eBooks), courtesy of The Lovecraft eZine
Sherlock Holmes: The Awakening (PC Game), courtesy of Frogwares

Curated by Tomas Rawlings of Red Wasp Design, this special offer is available from VODO on a time-limited basis from August 1 to August 18 and can be tweeted about via the hashtag #CthulhuBundle.

Tomas remarked:

“This is a really exciting bundle that reflects the fact that fans like myself aren’t only interested in one medium; we like games, films, books and audio and are happy to have Cthulhu on all of these and more! Each of the things selected here is something that personally I’m a huge fan of so am really pleased to see them all in one collection.”

70% of contributions are divided equally between the 7 content providers, 25% goes to VODO and 5% goes to our chosen charity for this offer, Fight For The Future. Fight for the Future is dedicated to protecting and expanding the Internet’s transformative power in our lives by creating civic campaigns that are engaging for millions of people.

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May 30, 2013
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New Feature Releases and VODO Player

That’s right! VODO is properly proud and pleased to announce the launch of a new Feature Releases programme, starting with award-winning UK gangland documentary, One Mile Away, in conjunction with BRITDOC Films. Films can be downloaded and watched from your desktop using the new VODO Player (PC only at this point with a Mac version to follow soon).

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Mac users can continue to download and stream content via the website while PC users can test-drive VODO Player for downloading, seeding and streaming VODO exclusive content. Player also helps users build and manage a VODO film library with lifetime streaming access, which will be a handy little helper for the great new films we’ll be releasing in the coming months in some innovative new ways with a range of new partners. All help pointing out any little bugs, whines and wheezes with this new bit of kit to info@vodo.net will be greatly appreciated! PC users can download Player HERE >>

Enjoy!

ONE MILE AWAY

(Free-To-Share Download / Support-And-Stream)

TWO WARRING GANGS, ONE MESSAGE OF PEACE: A FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

Director: Penny Woolcock
Year: 2012
Duration: 01:31
Language: English / English subs

This Michael Powell Award-winning documentary charts the attempts by two warring gangs in inner city Birmingham (UK) – the Burger Bar Boys and the Johnson Crew – to bring peace to their neighbourhoods.

The film follows Penny Woolcock’s Hip Hop musical, 1 Day, which depicted these postcode (zipcode) wars. One Mile Away was initiated by Shabba, a young man affiliated to the Johnson side who met Penny during her research for 1 Day. He saw her as neutral and as someone who had built trust on both sides. Penny agreed to get involved and introduced Shabba to Dylan Duffus – the lead actor in 1 Day and affiliated to the Burger side.

On their painstaking journey over two years, recruiting more supporters from both gangs, Shabba and Dylan get advice from Jonathan Powell, who oversaw the Good Friday Agreement in the Northern Ireland peace process, and riots erupt in Birmingham in Summer 2011, with surprising consequences.

Supported and distributed by BRITDOC Films, and co-funded by Channel 4 and Creative England, One Mile Away shows how film and the determination of ordinary people can transform entrenched social problems, whilst also being compelling, ground-breaking viewing. One Mile Away is now also a developing social enterprise, working with schools to reduce gang culture in the UK.

A riveting portrait of the complex, contentious reality of the streets, and the courage it takes to make a difference, it could well be this year’s most important British film
Time Out

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER

Penny Woolcock has been directing award-winning documentaries, feature films and opera for the stage for twenty years. Her recent work includes On The Streets (2010) a film about homeless people on the streets of London and 1 Day (2009) about a day in the life of an inner city hustler.

AWARDS / SCREENINGS

Winner, Michael Powell Ward, Edinburgh Film Festival 2012
Official Selection, Sheffield Doc Fest

ONE MILE AWAY – THE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

The work that Shabba and Dylan started didn’t stop with the finished film. A group of men from both the Burgers and the Johnsons have formed a social enterprise to take the message of the film into schools and to bring about change in areas around the country most affected by gang violence.

Its founders, Zimbo, Tobeijah and YT, were heavily involved in the gang life style but are now seeking another way to inspire their peers and the generation that follows them. They feel that the postcode wars are just a symptom of a larger social problem and the negative mentality of young people in their community. Their work will focus on engaging youth and gang members with the aim of stimulating a change in this mentality, which has held their communities in a state of destruction for the last twenty years.

Their work is supported by the Bertha FoundationBRITDOCThe Prince’s Trust and a generous group of individuals who recognise how important it is for change to grow from the inside. They are currently piloting their programme in schools around the UK.

REVIEWS

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/feb/24/peace-streets-birmingham-gangs-documentary
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/mar/26/two-birmingham-gangs-allies
http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/new-film-one-mile-away-1377980

LINKS

http://ow.ly/lwu8D
www.youtube.com/user/onemileawayyt

www.pennywoolcock.co.uk
http://britdoc.org/
http://www.channel4.com/
http://www.creativeengland.co.uk/

SUPPORT-AND-STREAM

One Mile Away is available as a free-to-share download and also as a stream available in perpetuity in your VODO user library if you support the filmmaker with a payment. All proceeds go to #RoadToFreedom project, helping engage students in UK schools and communities on the risks involved with gun and knife crime.

 

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May 17, 2013
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Mathilde’s Misses: A Story Of The World’s First Homeless Beauty Pageant – Free-To-Share On VODO

Director: Docwerkers
Year: 2012
Duration: 52 minutes
Language: French and Flemish with English subtitles

Free-to-Share Download / Support-and-Stream >>

In Belgium, Mathilde organizes the world’s very first beauty pageant… for homeless women.

Fifteen ladies compete for the main prize: one year rent-free housing. Pascale hopes to win the house, in order to regain the custody over her 7 year old daughter, but not all works out as she would have wanted it to.

Mathilde’s Misses is uses the controversy of the pageant to sketch a committed documentary portrait of women at the edge of society.

Humorous and acid at the same time, this film will not leave you untouched. Probably one of the best documentaries of 2012

Javier Tolentino, El Septimo Vicio, RTVE3 Radio

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

Docwerkers is a non-profit production house with a passion for creative documentary inspired on social themes and for free-to-share online distribution. Information on their upcoming project, a webseries on the euro-crisis called “Buy Buy Europe”, will be available in mid-June 2013 on docwerkers.be

AWARDS / SCREENINGS

Flemish Film Critics Society, 2012 Young Talent Award
Open Knowledge Festival, Helsinki
Incubate Festival, Netherlands
BCCN Barcelona
CC Cusco, Peru
Relics Kunstenfestival, Antwerp
Festival Audiovisual Medellin y Barranquilla, Colombia
7 Dagen Sociale Film Antwerpen
Seven Islands International Film Festival, Mumbai

LINKS

http://www.mathildesmisses.org/
docwerkers.be

SUPPORT-AND-STREAM

Mathilde’s Misses is available as a free-to-share download and also as a stream available in perpetuity in your VODO user library if you support the filmmaker with a payment.

SPOTLIGHT

VODO Spotlight is an initiative promoting specially selected works from the VODO free-to-share film catalogue, celebrating the spectrum of compelling, political, weird, wonderful, stark, humorous and innovative talents behind them. Spotlight releases provide the same kind of support opportunities as headline releases, offering viewers the chance to share private streaming tokens as gifts and, where available, to pick up great production memorabilia while supporting independent film and the free-to-share ethos.

 
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