Cinessance: The ‘Netflix of French Film’ has Launched in North America





Fans of French cinema are saying ‘bonjour’ to Cinessance, a new streaming service that has been coined the ‘Netflix of French Film.” The new streaming service has made its launch in North America and looks to become the go-to streaming service for Francophiles. 

For $6.99 per month or$ 69.99 annually (17% savings), subscribers will have access to a curated catalog of classic and modern movies with subtitles in French and English, as well as pay-per-view options. 90% of the movies are available in your catalog with the pay-per-view options available to rent for 48 hours for $3.99.

With plans to expand its catalog to 500 movies by mid-2022, Francophiles can watch films from some of the biggest French studios, such as TF1 Studio, StudioCanal, and EuropaCorp. Movies featuring classic and modern stars like Gérard Depardieu, Catherine Deneuve, Jean Gabin, Louis de Funès, Jean Dujardin, Ana Girardot, Marion Cotillard, and Vincent Cassel can be found on the platform.

With Cinessance, film buffs can explore the works of beloved actresses such as Audrey Tautou from Amélie, Camille Cottin from the hit show Call My Agent, and Romy Schneider from the classic 1969 movie La Piscine, which was revived for 4 months in New York City this past summer.

Serial entrepreneur Clément Monnet is the Founder & CEO of Cinessance. Monnet, a French ex-pat, previously co-founded Voom, the “Uber for Helicopters”, incubated by Airbus. After living across Europe, Asia, South America and North America, he said the following in a press release about his experience when it comes to watching films from his home country abroad.

“I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve tried to watch a French movie and couldn’t find it online. Like many French ex-pats, I try to stay connected with my roots and to share my culture with others, so I couldn’t be more excited to share the gift of French film via Cinessance”

As the second-largest exporter of movies in the world, there is a growing demand for more options to stream French films. Earlier this year, we reported about the launch of France Channel, another streaming service looking to take advantage of an underserved market. Only 3% of Netflix’s catalog features French films, according to a study by Unifrance. However, France is still an important market to the streaming giant, as Netflix launched a linear channel in France last year.

Film buffs can start streaming with Cinnesance today. The service is available on the web, or you can download the app for both iOS, and Android with support for casting via Chromecast and AirPlay. Over the coming months, the platform plans to add more streaming options including support for ISPs and smartTVs thanks to their partnership with MyBundleTV and 24i respectively.

Follow Cinessance on Twitter and Instagram to stay updated with the latest news and releases.

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