Aussie pay-per-view service calls for rights holders to submit local film content

OzflixThe group behind Australian pay-per-view service, Ozflix, has put a call out asking rights holders of local films to help them build a library containing every Australian film ever made.

“Our goal is to have every Aussie movie, ever made available on the service,” said Sandi Miller head of production and acquisitions. “But to do that we need to find them all.

“We have found over 2,000, but for some, their rightful owners have faded into history,” she said, noting that Ozflix will split rental proceeds 50/50 between the rights owners and Ozflix. 

Ozflix said it had a team of researchers on board to try to locate titles and rights holders but added the company also wanted to hear from anyone who has the rights to an Australian-produced feature film, so it can be licensed to the Ozflix platform.

Ozflix is searching for the person with the rights to Captain Invincible.

Ozflix is searching for the person with the rights to Captain Invincible.

Among the titles, it is looking for rights holders to 1983 cult classic ‘The Return of Captain Invincible’.

The film was directed by Phillipe Mora and stars international names such as Alan Arkin, Christopher Lee – who sings in the film – and a host of Australians including Bill Hunter, Graham Kennedy and Bruce Spence.

“Ozflix plans to launch in the middle of the year and would like to maximise the number of films it has available at launch,” said Miller.

“So if you have made a film – or even if your great-aunt made a film and has bequeathed the rights to you, please get in touch with us so we can stream your film.”

Ozflix Pty Ltd has a sister charitable organisation, the Australian Film Future Foundation Limited (AFFF), which will distribute grant money to filmmakers who cannot afford to digitise their films, so eligible film rights holders will be able to apply for these grants.

Nic Christensen


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