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International Archaeology Film Festival To Stream Online This Year

Lost Cities: Arrow Media (London)

The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival is bringing its 17th annual series online for viewers this year. They’ve built their own video-on-demand platform to make it happen.

Rather than canceling the fest, The Archaeology Channel decided to expedite their plans to host on-demand streaming. Director Richard Pettigrew says they’ve been eyeing ways to enter a market that’s been dominated by services like Netflix and Hulu.

“We’ve been planning to do that for that last couple of years for a bigger purpose, but when the need came up to find a way to deliver our film festival films online we naturally took that idea and applied it to this specific purpose," he says.

Pettigrew says with the exception of a couple of documentaries, they were able to obtain rights to stream more than 20 films from May 13-17. Tickets are available for $4.99 and viewers can access all content, that includes films about art, lost cities, and astronomy. Awards will be announced on May 18.

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Melorie Begay is a multimedia journalist for KLCC News. She was the Inaugural KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She has a bachelors in Multimedia Journalism from the University of New Mexico. She previously interned at KUNM public radio in Albuquerque, NM and served as a fellow for the online news publication New Mexico In Depth.