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Tribeca film, Amazon team up to offer films online

The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) in New York is partnering with Amazon to launch a website in which owners of rare film and video can digitally convert and sell their material.

The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI)  in New York is partnering with Amazon to launch a website on which owners of rare film and video can digitally convert and sell their material.

The two organizations announced Monday they would be creating ReframeCollection.org, a site that offers "at cost" conversion of films.

Owners of the material that is converted can rent, sell for digital download or offer DVD versions on a non-exclusive basis.

The site will use Amazon's DVD on Demand service as well as its Unbox digital downloading system.

CEO for the institute, Brian Newman, says the site will start with 500 titles, with another 1,500 to be digitized within the next few months.  He told The Hollywood Reporter that  Reframe is aiming to host about 10,000 films within the year.

Already on offer are experimental works by filmmakers Sally Potter and Ken Jacobs.

Newman says there are also plans to add social networking elements to the site.

Profits will be split evenly between TFI and those who have the ownership rights to the material.

Buyers must have an Amazon account to make a purchase.