Amazon Prime Instant Video will be the exclusive online home for Academy Award-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown as part of a content licensing deal with Tribeca Film announced Wednesday.
A romantic drama co-produced by Topkapi Films and directed by Felix van Groeningen from Belgium, The Broken Circle Breakdown is up for best foreign language film.
This means that like Netflix, which picked up Oscar-nominated documentary The Square in November, Amazon will be watching the awards closely. Both companies seem to be bolstering their library with critically acclaimed features and documentaries, which bodes well for indie filmmakers.
Amazon’s licensing deal includes several other Tribeca Film titles, the majority of which are already available for streaming to Prime members. They are: How to Make Money Selling Drugs, a 2013 doc about the war on drugs featuring Susan Sarandon, Arianna Huffington and Russell Simmons; Greetings from Tim Buckley from director Daniel Algrant, which follows musician Jeff Buckley as he participates in a tribute concert for his late father; romantic comedy Sparrows Dance, written and directed by Noah Buschel; and the animated children’s film Moon Man developed by Stephan Schesch.
“We know the independent film category is a favorite among Amazon customers and this agreement with Tribeca Film will add even more high-quality films to Prime Instant Video,” said Brad Beale, director of digital video content acquisition for Amazon, about the deal with Tribeca Film, a distribution label that markets and licenses independent films across multiple platforms, including theatrical, VOD, digital, home video and television.