What is FilmDab?

FilmDab is a new kind of streaming platform that prioritizes quality ratings over everything else. Nobody eats at a restaurant or shops online without first checking the reviews. Why should streaming be any different? So we’ve created a gamified rewards system to incentivize users to rate films accurately and simply.

How did you think of the idea?

- We’ve all been there. Scrolling endlessly through movies and shows for 30 minutes while our food gets cold. Too lazy to google “What’s good on Netflix” but also terrified of wasting 20 minutes watching something new only to realize it’s not good. Shouldn’t we know how good something is before we spend 2 hours watching it? There had to be a better way.

How are you different?

- While our subscription fee of $10/month is in line with our competitors, our key differentiator is we reward our users for their reviews. 10% of all revenue goes right back to the users who help us decide which films are worth watching.

Why are you different?

- Marketing films is expensive. If you don’t have a famous actor or a large marketing budget, it’s extremely difficult to get anyone to notice your film. We believe that by relying on our users to generate accurate ratings, we can bypass the need for marketing and have the film’s quality speak for itself.

Why does it matter?

- Because independent films matter. Thousands of amazing films are produced every year that never get released because of marketing costs or lack of A-level talent. Iconic films like Bladerunner and Memento were almost never made because producing films is incredibly difficult. It’s so important that we do whatever we can to protect the spirit of filmmaking and find a way to keep making the films that shape our lives.

Who should subscribe?

- Anyone who cares about quality films. I can watch Marvel movies any day of the week because I’m a fan but real human stories are filmed by independent filmmakers. Supporting FilmDab is saving independent film from losing its spirit and ensuring its future.

What’s the plan/when do you launch?
- We’re launching at the 25th anniversary of our content partner-- the Slamdance Film Festival. We’re incredibly lucky to partner with a true patron of independent cinema like Peter Baxter and we’re very excited to share this dream together.

How does it work?

- You watch a movie and then at the end you’re asked to rate it on 5 different categories like plot, dialogue, and characters. We compare your score with the average and depending on how accurate you are, we give you rewards. 10% of all revenue is divided amongst users and 50% of all revenue goes to the filmmakers directly. FilmDab will keep 40% to maintain servers and operations.

What are your principles and values?

- Maintaining our integrity and helping filmmakers are the two most important things to us. While working as a film executive I watched so many amazing films that I had to turn down because I knew there was no path to success. And so I wracked my brain trying to figure out, how could I help? And FilmDab is the answer I came up with.

What are the future plans?

- Creating the platform and polishing the rating and rewards system are just the first step. After that we plan on implementing an equity crowdfunding model, similar to Kickstarter and Indiegogo except instead of just making a donation, users will be able to invest in film projects they believe in while sharing in their financial success.