Why and How We Give Our Films Away for Free
After the release of four feature films, two of which are installments in the five-film Covenant and Controversy series, we figured this would be a good time to share with you why and how we give our films away for free.
WHY A LIMITED AND A GLOBAL RELEASE?
Every FAI STUDIOS feature film is first available for purchase as a Special Edition on DVD and Vimeo on Demand. The Special Editions include hours of bonus content and additional footage, and is the only means by which our films are available for the first eight weeks. We call this the Limited Release.
After this eight-week period, the film becomes available to stream and download on Vimeo and Youtube for free. And then it will remain free forever. We call this the Global Release.
Why sell them and give them away?
Our desire is to give all our films away for free to maximize the reach and impact of the message. The challenge though, is that film production is a costly enterprise. So here is our solution. Here is what we did and what we do:
- Everyone on our team pays their own way and shoulders the financial burden of flights, hotels, food, transportation, and film gear. This is leveraged in part by the monthly support and on-time donations earmarked "For Film." We believe in what we do. And we know many of you do too.
- We communicate on our websites that if people want to support the production of the films, they could make tax-deductible donations through FAI.
- FAI fronts the expenses of printing and distributing DVDs.
- For 8 weeks, during the Limited Release, all of the revenue from DVD and Vimeo On Demand sales go towards covering the printing costs and then a downpayment for the production of the next film.
- Upon Global Release, the film will become available on Vimeo and Youtube for free streaming and download.
- After the Global Release, we will continue to offer the film in DVD and Vimeo On Demand—both paid formats. These will include exclusive Bonus Features that won't be available for free.
Why continue to sell it and give it away after the Global Release?
Great question. We think we have a good answer.
We have two basic objectives: (1) Give our films away for free and (2) Continue producing future films.
We assume most folks will watch our films for free online. That makes us very happy. We also know that many people believe these films are important and want to support the production process so that more films get made and that more people can see them.
In short: Those who want to watch it for free, can. And those who want to support it, can.
Those who want to help bear the burden and the privilege of producing these films can do so by doing one or all of these things:
- Purchase the DVD here
- Purchase the Special Edition on Vimeo On Demand here
- Share the link with everyone you know and encourage them to watch it for free
- Become a monthly supporter of the ministry
A WORD ABOUT FILM
We believe in the power of film. There is no medium of communication more powerful. It is to us what the newly invented printing press was to Martin Luther.
- Better Friends Than Mountains (February 2015): A field documentary about Gospel ministry among Iraqi and Syrian Kurds who have suffered the barbarism of ISIS
- Sheep Among Wolves (January 2016): A documentary about the underground church in the Islamic world
If any or all of these films blessed you and you share our burden for the ministry of the exaltation of Jesus through them, we want to invite you to become an ongoing financial partner. To do so, click here.
For His glory -
The FAI STUDIOS team