paus, the streaming app for independent films, has announced official partnerships with both Adventure Uncovered and Salford University. The partnerships will bring award winning adventure-focused content, as well as the best of student filmmaking, curated exclusively by the new partners onto the paus app.
Adventure Uncovered is on a mission to deliver positive social and environmental change through responsible adventure. They curate and share compelling narratives using the power of films and talks to connect people to their environment and to each other. The annual Adventure Uncovered Film Festival is the only festival dedicated to adventure films with an environmental or social purpose; all progressive ‘stories that matter’. From the end of this year, official selections from the past three years of Adventure Uncovereds’ film festival will be available to watch on paus.
“We’re extremely excited to be showcasing the best of our festival selection on paus,” states Rosie Riley, Director of the Adventure Uncovered Film Festival. “The industry needs a platform like paus to support independent film that connects filmmakers directly with audiences offering more choice. In working with paus the films we’ve selected will reach much larger audiences and independent filmmakers will benefit greatly.”
The collaboration with Salford University will help showcase the UK’s top student filmmaking talent. paus is partnering with the University to bring the best student short films to its streaming service in a special ‘Student Corner’ editorial playlist, where viewers can watch highly regarded film student’s work on the paus platform.
The University of Salford will also stream key parts of its annual four-day ‘Festival of Short Film’ directly and exclusively on the paus platform. “We’re delighted to be working with paus to highlight the work that our students are doing and to support them as they look to broaden their exposure. The work that paus is doing to support the independent film industry is really important today more than ever before,” adds Laura Hilliard, Academic Fellow in Film Production and Director of the Festival of Short Film at Salford University.
“Our focus at paus is supporting independent filmmakers so that they can get their content in front of audiences that will both embrace and support them,” said Rishi Kapoor, Founder and CEO of paus. “And today’s announcement with Adventure Uncovered and with Salford University ensures that we will continue to add quality curated content on the platform as well as broaden our network of award winning independent film.”
paus invites creators to submit their shorts or docs to the platform to share their work with a like-minded community of independent film fans. It’s free and quick to submit, and once films are live on the paus app, audiences and supporters can show their appreciation by leaving a tip.
The unique digital tipping feature allows audiences to tip any film or filmmaker they want to support – any amount, at any time. The process is quick and easy, and unlike other video platforms, the scales are weighed in the creator’s favour as they keep 80% of every single tip.
Other paus partners include the IFP; Raindance Film Festival as well as London International Animation Festival (LIAF).