Posted on Monday, May 12th, 2014 by Will Hagle
Aeon Film screens contemporary and classic short documentaries, exploring the intersections between nature, culture and ideas.
Aeon Films was launched by digital publication Aeon Magazine in order to present a wide range of short documentaries. The films offered on Aeon are entirely free for viewers, and they consist of classic and contemporary documentaries exploring various issues. The site focuses on “exploring the intersections between nature, culture and ideas,” a broad definition that allows room for films on topics like Scottish folklore and glass-blowing. Films are chosen by Aeon’s editorial team, who is constantly scouring international film festivals and online viewing platforms for the best content that fits with their vision. Films are typically hosted for three to six months, and are sourced directly from filmmakers (rather than embedded from a third-party service). This ensures that all of the content Aeon makes available for viewing is done with the consent and encouragement of filmmakers.
The actual site is designed to emphasize content over everything else. There are two options for browsing films on Aeon’s homepage — “Most Recent” or “Most Viewed.” You can scroll through the many films hosted on the site, and each with comes with an accompanying photograph an runtime, as well as a one-sentence description about the film. Once you select a film, you can find more information about it — such as review s and a longer description. Films can be viewed within the browser or full screen. The site offers a great alternative to the major video streaming services available online, finding great, relatively unknown content and presenting it to fans of film in an appealing way.