Fandor Review

What is Fandor?

Fandor is an on-demand video streaming service that specializes in supporting independent filmmakers. The service is home to a library of more than 4,000 classic movies, documentaries, foreign and independent films that subscribers can stream on-demand.

Fandor is committed to advancing and preserving film art and culture, so it delivers a 50% revenue share to its films’ rights holders. It has also launched initiatives to support people across the filmmaking industry by partnering with distributors educators, festivals, filmmakers, and students. Independent filmmakers can also submit films for consideration.

Fandor is available as a standalone service that can be streamed through its web player and on various devices. It can also be accessed through Amazon Prime Video via the service’s Channels offering.

Fandor plans and pricing

There are standalone and add-on prices for Fandor depending on your preference. The table below features the costs for non-Prime members. It’s worth noting that Fandor also has a discounted annual rate that subscribers can take advantage of. Keep in mind that Prime Video is included for free with an Amazon Prime membership; if you plan on having the service for a while you can get more bang for your buck by paying the $119/yr. price vs the standalone plus add-on pricing. 

FandorAmazon Prime Video + Fandor
Price$5.99/mo.8.99/mo.
Annual price$49.99/yr.N/A
Fandor add-on priceN/A$4/mo.
Number of titles4,00040,000+
Offline downloadsYesYes
Original contentYesYes
Streaming qualityVaries by device4K HD
Live streamingNoYes

 

Fandor supported devices

Fandor is available via a range of streaming devices, mobile phones, and tablets. It can also be watched on popular web browsers. Supported devices the platform is compatible with include:

  • Amazon Fire devices
  • Android phones and tablets
  • Apple iOS phones and tablets
  • Apple TV
  • Google Chromecast
  • Roku

What to watch on Fandor

Fandor is home to a range of independent films, in addition to classic and foreign movies. The platform organizes its library into the following categories:

  • Action/Adventure
  • Adaptation
  • Animated
  • Avant-garde
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Cult
  • Documentary
  • Drama
  • Ephemera
  • Epic
  • Episodic
  • Family
  • Fantasy
  • Film Noir
  • Holiday
  • Horror 
  • Independent
  • International
  • LGBTQ
  • Music
  • Science Fiction
  • Short
  • Silent
  • Sport
  • Suspense
  • War
  • Western

Fandor has very few movies made after 2016 — and the majority of titles the service carries are independent films. Highly rated movies on Fandor include the original South Korean version of Oldboy, psychological drama Requiem For A Dream, cult horror movie The Exorcist, and Swedish thriller The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Further critically acclaimed options include I Am Cuba, a 1964 film made shortly after the Cuban Missile Crisis that offers insight into the nation and featuring innovative cinematography techniques, and My Left Foot, a biopic of Irish painter and writer Christy Brown.

Fandor includes a truly international mix of movies, which it breaks down by continent and country. It has selections from renowned movie-making nations like the US, UK, and Japan, as well as films from Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Europe, Oceania, and South America. Viewers can access content from filmmakers in Cambodia, Chechnya, Colombia, Ecuador, Kuwait, Lebanon, Nigeria, Palestine, Vietnam, and many more countries.

The platform highlights must-watch movies in its Spotlights section. There are more than 100 categories for viewers to explore, such as And the Sundance Winner Is…, Based on a Book, Date Night, Director’s Lens, Dysfunctional Families, Fearless Directors, Night Terrors, Road Trip, and Summer Daze. Additional curated lists include Coming Soon, Festivals, Popular, and Top Movies.

Fandor is also the place to go for anyone who finds they have exhausted the documentaries available on the likes of Amazon Prime Video or Netflix. It is home to several influential documentaries like Kurt and Courtney, My Best Fiend, and Agnes Varda. Other options include S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine, a moving film focused on survivors of an infamous Cambodian prison camp, and Ross McElwee’s Sundance Award-winning Sherman’s March.

Fandor features

Fandor offers several helpful ways to search its catalog. For example, by clicking on a genre or country, users are presented with pages split into a grid of 18 titles that can be sorted by date added to Fandor, duration, popularity, rating, title, and year of release. Fandor’s movie content is bolstered by an editorial section that includes articles focused on specific actors and movie recommendations.

Information is not available about the number of users permitted per account or how many simultaneous streams the service offers. Movies can be downloaded onto mobile phones or tablets — the amount of storage depends on the space users have available on their device. Fandor offers a 14-day free trial.

The final cut

Fandor is a great resource for discerning movie lovers and fans of documentaries, foreign and independent films. It provides users with an impressive range of content from all over the world. Its catalog includes several genres, and many movies users are unlikely to find on other popular streaming platforms.

Fandor’s huge library features more than 4,000 movies. And the service provides a range of curated content and user-created lists to make it easy to find new programs to watch. It also has helpful search tools that enable subscribers to discover new viewing options.

Fandor is available as a standalone service or as an add-on through Amazon Prime Video, which offers the channel for the discounted price of $4/mo. Fandor typically extends a 14-day free trial, but that drops to 1 week for Amazon Prime Video subscribers.

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