WikiFlix – Free streaming service for royalty-free films

WikiFlix is ​​a website on which films without copyright or old film works whose license rights have lapsed are collected and presented with additional information. The site can be used without an account or subscription costs – similar to Wikipedia or the many other “wiki” sites. WikiFlix, whose name may be changed, was launched with the aim of making the over 33.000 WikiData entries on films in the public domain accessible with a central streaming service. So far, over 3.735 videos can be watched on the open source platform. Here you will find some examples and further information about the offer.

At WikiFlix you will find a wide variety of material, from silent films that are over 100 years old to modern CGI videos without license requirements. You can watch it without an account or subscription.
At WikiFlix you will find a wide variety of material, from silent films that are over 100 years old to modern CGI videos without license requirements. You can watch it without an account or subscription.

WikiFlix collects works from Wiki Commons, Internet Archive and YouTube

The films, short films, documentaries and propaganda materials found on WikiFlix are not all located on a central server to function as a single offering on the platform. Rather, the individual recordings are searched for using the directory of public domain films and the location is then linked or the corresponding player is integrated.

For some films you can use several sources to watch: the Wiki Commons directory belonging to Wikipedia, the Internet Archive or YouTube. Especially with regard to YouTube, it can happen that there are several video sources to choose from because several uploads are listed.

This is what a WikiFlix film subpage looks like. Different sources may be cited - Wiki Commons, the Internet Archive and YouTube. Several streams can also be offered.
This is what a WikiFlix film subpage looks like. Different sources may be cited - Wiki Commons, the Internet Archive and YouTube. Several streams can also be offered.

Information about content, cast and more

The structure of WikiFlix is ​​clear and, in addition to various categories, also offers a search function. This can be accessed using the magnifying glass icon at the top right of the page. The categories include the most recently added films, the best rated (or frequently viewed on Wikipedia), films by female directors, book adaptations, films from individual countries, satanic films, vampire films, computer-animated films, YouTube videos, sports films, comedies, science Fiction and so on.

If you open the respective individual page for the film, you will be presented with a preview image or film poster and the playback options as well as a descriptive text and the cast. This way you can find out more about the films, how they were made, the content and so on before you press play. If you click on a person from the cast, you will also get a description text for them as well as the available films in which the actor appears (if there are others on WikiFlix).

Even the very first YouTube video “Me at the zoo” is listed. And there is a separate actor page for the YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim, who appears in it.
Even the very first YouTube video “Me at the zoo” is listed. And there is a separate actor page for the YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim, who appears in it.

Understanding old films as works of their time

Some of the films, shorts and videos available on WikiFlix are not just a few years or decades old. They are approaching their 100th anniversary or have already passed this milestone. Accordingly, they must be understood as contemporary testimonies. WikiFlix is ​​not only an entertainment platform, but also offers some material that requires more context than just streaming the video file. If you look into the category of female filmmakers, you will also find works by Leni Riefenstahl.

Leni Riefenstahl was directly involved in the production of Nazi propaganda of the Third Reich as an author, director, producer, editor, photographer and actress. You can currently find four of her films on WikiFlix, including “Triumph of the Will,” for which the cast includes Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Hermann Göring and Joseph Goebbels. The film was commissioned directly by Hitler, which is also explained in the (English) description text. However, there is no unambiguous marking as propaganda material with additional classification; There is still a small taste with this offer.

For some contemporary testimonies, a clearer indication of the original intention of the work and its participants could not hurt.
For some contemporary testimonies, a clearer indication of the original intention of the work and its participants could not hurt.

Watch free royalty-free films on WikiFlix: Here's how!

As described above, you do not need an account or a subscription to use WikiFlix. Just go to the website https://wikiflix.toolforge.org and look for films that interest you. Here I have listed a few examples from different categories:

WikiVibes: sister project for audio content

On the WikiFlix help page (here at WikiData) reference is also made to the sister project of the film overview. This is called WikiVibes and is a very similar collecting and streaming project, just for audio content. For example, individual audio files that are used in Wikipedia articles can be called up here - from the meow of the common house cat to the international one. You can look around and listen to what's on offer here: https://wikivibes.toolforge.org.

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