An EU-funded program will give film students free Mubi access. Unlimited streaming of important films will foster a new generation of filmmakers.
The International Association of Film and Television Schools and Mubi worked out a deal that gives more than 60,000 students at 180 film schools around the world free access to the streaming service.
Mubi’s Limited Engagements
Mubi approaches the streaming business differently than Netflix or Amazon. Rather than trying to be a giant library, Mubi recreates the feel of the art house cinema experience. Only thirty films are available to watch at any given time. Every day a new film joins the listing and an old film leaves.
The films Mubi curates tend to be artistically important films which makes the service ideal for film students. They can study the work of great filmmakers, scene by scene, for a month.
“For us, it’s simple,” explained Mubi founder Efe Çakarel in the announcement, “the best films, from the classics to the cutting-edge, should be available to the next generation of filmmakers.”
As reported by Variety, the European Union’s film support program has funded the initiative based on a pilot project with the UK’s National Film and Television School. NFTS director Jon Wardle told Variety that “Mubi has proved to be an invaluable resource for our students.”
Mubi normally costs $9 per month in the United States and is available through apps for Android and iOS smartphones as well as the Apple TV.