EngageMedia, convenor of the Video4Change Network, announces the launch of Cinemata.org, a platform for social and environmental films about the Asia-Pacific. With almost 5,000 films, Cinemata curates short videos and films from the region across genres, be it documentary, fiction, or experimental.
In a press release, EngageMedia Executive Director Andrew Lowenthal highlighted the key additional advantages of Cinemata over proprietary video platforms:
- Curation: Cinemata doesn’t use opaque AI algorithms to surface or suppress the videos posted on it. Instead, a team of curators highlights regional films focused on making a positive social or environmental change.
- Privacy: The Cinemata platform is built on MediaCMS, a free and open-source platform anyone can scrutinise for security and robustness.
- Meaningful connections: Viewers and filmmakers alike can be assured of meaningful conversations, deep discussions, and quality connections within an engaged online community.
Video4Change Network members have already begun posting their short films and videos on the Cinemata platform. Animated short film Chilli Powder and Thinner is one of the nine films uploaded by Network member Freedom Film Network. Also on the platform are films like Gone and Back from the Sunflower Film Organisation, and The Unwanted Legacy from Picture People.