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Festival Films - LOST & RARE Series!

Welcome! Festival Films has been in business for over 35 years and has acquired thousands of Public Domain films and TV shows. We constantly add titles and update quality with new film to video transfers. Films are sold on DVD-R and Mpeg2 video file formats.

Lost & Rare is produced and distributed by Festival Films in collaboration with a worldwide network of private and professional film collectors and distributors. Our premiere DVD releases are available now. Learn more about each new release and enjoy a selection of scenes here:

Vol. 1: Lost TV Pilots
Vol. 2: Sports Immortals.

The idea for the Lost & Rare series grew out of the realization that a group of veteran producers and distributors of classic film content, who were already collaborating on many projects, each possessed many rare films we didn't quite know what to do with.  The founding group for this new series includes Festival Films founder Ron Hall, Bijou Productions founder Bob Campbell  and archivist/independent TV producer Derek Myers.

The films distributed under the Lost & Rare banner are extremely rare and often unknown even to the most ardent of film fans. For many titles little or no information can be found via internet search engines or listed at IMDB, nor registered in Library of Congress copyright files -- or registered but not renewed, which suggests the possible extinction of original source materials.

DVD-R & Mpeg2 Files

All titles in the Public Domain Catalog are available on top-quality, economical DVD-R format as well as Mpeg2 Video Files for Internet streaming. Many TV stations use DVD-R for their broadcasts. DVD-R also works well for online streaming, although some prefer Mpeg2 files all ready to upload. Please call to discuss which format might be best for you.

We supply Cafe Roxy Programs on DVD-R because most movie theaters and other venues have DVD projection or large screen TVs in place.

DVD-R Prices start at $30 for a feature film, 4 half-hour TV shows or a Cafe Roxy program, with discounts for volume purchases. DVDs come with a statement as to why each film or films are in the public domain. A free DVD sampler disc is available on request.

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Other Formats

Beta-SP, DVCam and other high-range masters are available for those specialized users who demand top quality, for instance to master commercial DVDs or for national TV broadcast. Please inquire about prices for these formats.

Quality Guarantee!

Whenever possible the videos have been transferred from 35mm film for maximum quality. Some serials and TV shows were transferred from 16mm originals. These are often the same masters broadcast by TCM and other cable channels who show older classics, and in some cases our masters are better quality.

Quality is guaranteed. Any film found to be inferior may be exchanged for another title. Some films because of their age or rarity are simply not available in perfect condition. Whenever better material turns up, we upgrade our masters. There are no company logos or watermarks over the picture, and none of those scary FBI Warnings that do not apply to PD films.

Definitely Public Domain

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The PD Catalog contains mostly American films made before 1964. These carefully researched films have been considered to be in the public domain in the USA for many years. Why is a film in the public domain? Study all about it in this Copyright Discussion. Briefly, films fall into the public domain because they were never properly registered with the Library of Congress in the first place or were not renewed as required by the prevailing copyright laws at the time.

Each film comes with a specific statement as to why it is in the public domain!

So no royalties and no fears. Public Domain Films may be broadcast on cable TV, on the Internet, duplicated freely, sold on DVD, used for stock footage in various projects and shown to audiences everywhere!