The Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival (TMFF) is evolving. After years of running an in-person festival, then going online because of COVID-19, it’s now about to offer a regular video-on-demand service.
Originally, the TMFF started out as a strictly in-person event, at the Revue Cinema in Toronto’s hip Roncesvalles Village neighbourhood. Organizers collected short films and features from around the world selecting favourites from judges and audience after a weekend of screenings. But, the coronavirus pandemic ruled the in-person screenings out for 2020, and the organizers went online instead. After a few test runs of solo films, they ran the entire festival through the Internet. Since the October festival, they’ve screened one-off films. In March, the TMFF streamed Never Ride Alone.
All those one-off films were only available for a limited time. Now, the Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival’s organizers plan to offer year-round video-on-demand streaming. Caius Tenche, the festival’s founder and director, says they’re “Launching the Netflix for motorcycle films.”
It won’t be exactly like Netflix, though. For one thing, Netflix has a single monthly fee that covers hundreds of shows and movies. With the TMFF’s new video-on-demand service. viewers will pay $6.99 plus tax to watch features, and $3.99 plus tax to watch shorts (your cost may vary region-by-region).
Also, Netflix is filled with junk shows, and Tenche says he intends to keep the TMFF’s new video-on-demand program a carefully curated service. For starters, the organizers plan to include past films from the Festival itself; they’ll add new shorts and features, and they also hope to add classic motorcycle films as well. Think of the Criterion Collection, but the criteria here is; The movies must have motorcycles.
Movies for the whole world?
The TMFF’s move online means the festival can now show films to the whole world, not just a GTA neighbourhood. Some films in the new streaming service may be geo-restricted, but the 2020 festival was able to stream to the entire world. Hopefully, the new video-on-demand service can run under the same terms. A moto-focused streaming service is something the whole world can use.