VOD platform Rakuten TV announced on Friday that they have concluded a deal to become an Official Partner of The 61st BFI London Film Festival, alongside American Express®.
The British film festival began on October 4th and runs until October 15th with the partnership following Rakuten TV’s strategy to become a key player in the UK film industry, bringing the best of cinema to your home via its Video on Demand service.
At the festival, Rakuten TV will present the World Premiere and Archive Gala of Shiraz: A Romance in India, a notable historical romance.
Clare Stewart, Festival Director, BFI London Film Festival, says “The BFI London Film Festival is pleased to welcome a new partner on board for this year’s edition and delighted that the Archive Gala will be presented in partnership with Rakuten TV. We are thrilled that Shiraz will reach wider audiences through Rakuten TV and allow more film lovers to discover this film treasure.”
Simon Homent, European Content Director Rakuten TV says “We are thrilled to have secured a partnership with the UK’s largest film event – The 61st BFI London Film Festival. As well as being an amazing platform to raise awareness of our Rakuten TV brand, the deal means bringing our aim of greater synergy between cinema and VOD to the fore. Our users love watching movies on their Smart TVs. This is why we want to increase our collaboration with the film industry – being on the UK’s most important red carpet is definitely coherent with this strategy”.
Rakuten TV’s October film slate includes the latest and best releases such as the critically acclaimed Baby Driver, Transformers: The Last Knight, My Cousin Rachel, Tom Cruise’s The Mummy and Despicable Me 3.
You can already watch blockbuster hits such as Fast & Furious 8, Wonder Woman, Kong: Skull Island, Logan, Alien: Covenant, Beauty & The Beast and Guardians of The Galaxy 2 as well as horror greats such as The Belko Experiment, Cage Dive and Get Out.
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