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Tënk Launches New VOD Platform for Independent Documentaries


Tënk is a new video platform showcasing independent documentaries with the aim to strengthen the genre and contribute to the distribution and production of creative documentaries. As of Summer 2016, Tënk is available in France, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg. Tënk has medium-term plans to co-produce new documentaries.

La Griot de Métal by Ata Messan Koffi
One of the films available via Tënk

In today’s fast-paced information age, where the media has melded into one standardized mass bombarding us with images, creative documentaries clear a space for filmmakers to offer a personal vision, and depict a reality that is in no rush to take shape, and left open to interpretation.

Tënk currently offers access to a permanent selection of over 60 documentaries, all available to view for two months, with seven to ten new titles added per week. The films are drawn from a diverse range of sources: museum and regional film libraries as well as filmmakers associations and institutions that have been co-producing indie documentaries for many years; editor's picks selected by the media - prizing quality above ratings; graduation films and special lineups to tie in with major international festivals.

Tënk offers such wide-spanning content thanks to its private and public-sector links with cultural bodies and the media, as well as professional associations and local authorities (including Scam, Sacem, Mediapart and the Rhône-Alpes regional authorities, to name a few).

The Tënk project originally came to life in Lussas, a village in the Ardèche in southeast France, made famous for its documentary film festival “États généraux du film documentaire”, which over the last 30 plus years has built up a reputation as being one of the key festivals of its genre in Europe. Lussas today is a leading light in documentary cinema worldwide : not just a major fixture on the international calendar, it is equally renowned for its exceptional work throughout the rest of the year.

The mid-term strategy of Tënk is to become accessible as part of the IPTV packages offered via set-top boxes, by securing agreements with the different internet service providers such as Free, Orange or SFR-Numericable, and via other connected devices.

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