What is Filmocracy?

Filmocracy 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?

We are a freemium platform. Free to watch content with ads or upgradeable to premium for $10/month. 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. We can watch Marvel movies any day of the week because we’re fans but real human stories are filmed by independent filmmakers. Supporting Filmocracy is saving independent film from losing its spirit and ensuring its future.

How does it work?

You watch a movie and then at the end you’re asked to rate it on a few 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. Filmocracy will keep 40% to maintain servers and operations.

Why do you compare ratings to the average?

There is a huge problem of fake ratings on the internet (see www.fakespot.com). Trolls, spammers, and bots manipulate ratings on sites like Yelp, Google, and Amazon.
We use the average as a rating criteria to determine how authentic a user’s rating submission is. At the end of the day, our goal is to collect the most relevant and widely applicable ratings for everyone to discover their next favorite film.

What are your principles and values?

Maintaining our integrity and helping filmmakers are the two most important things to us. While working as film executives, producers, and filmmakers we watched so many amazing films that were turned down because there was no path to distribution. So we wracked our brains trying to figure out, how could we help? And Filmocracy is the answer we 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.