BY PRECIOUS CHIDA
LOCAL film lovers are in for a treat as a new movie streaming channel, Igniteflix, has started showing local productions online, NewsDay Life & Style has established.
The platform, according to Igniteflix director and filmmaker, Tatenda Katsande, offers local feature films, series, short films, documentaries, music videos, weddings and sermons.
Katsande said the platform was meant to give airplay to Zimbabwean films which were not all getting attention on ZBCtv.
“Our platform started functioning on January 5 although we launched it last year in October and we were motivated into coming up with this channel because of the fact that the Zimbabwean films have no Zimbabwean audience and this is because there is only one broadcasting platform ZBCtv,” he said.
“This means Zimbabwean people do not know our Zimbabwean films which are always on a long queue seeking a slot on the channel which then results in only a few films making it on air. It then appears as if Zimbabwean filmmakers are not making films, therefore, we had to come up with Igniteflix so that these shelved films will get airplay for Zimbabwean audiences.”
Filmmakers including Alia Tsitsi Mangwende and Macwilton Chikwenengere were part of the initiative.
Katsande said the platform did not sell films, but viewers would have to live stream by making monthly subscriptions just like on Netflix.
He said they were also integrating with Pay Fast from South Africa for Zimbabweans in the neighbouring country to pay through mobile electronic funds transfer.
He said they were working on a function where people could download the film and watch later, but is kept in the channel to prevent piracy.