Libreflix, a Brazilian free-to-use streaming service, is helping to revolutionize the way people access independent cinema and television across the country. The platform works on a collaborative basis, whereby any filmmaker may submit their own works to be made available for free streaming by all users, providing they do not infringe on any copyright laws.
The idea was designed by Guilmour Rossi (photo), a computer engineering and IT student at the Federal Technological University of Paraná (UTFPR) in the city of Curitiba. “The project follows the philosophy of free software,” explains Rossi. “I created Libreflix by using tools created by others, which is why I can say it was made by everyone.”
Currently, the Libreflix library consists of a wide variety of titles, from feature and short films to documentaries and series. Among the most popular entries made available for free are Fritz Lang’s 1927 masterpiece “Metropolis” and dystopian drama series “3%”, the first Netflix original series to be produced in Portuguese.
Libreflix is not alone in the realm of streaming initiatives in Brazil, several others have popped up across the country – some free, some paid – focused on showcasing independent cinema.
For instance, Spcine Play, backed by the city government of São Paulo, production company O2 Filmes and digital solutions laboratory Hacklab.