Online rental service Netflix has begun offering for rent independent and foreign films that were previously available for purchase only to subscibers of Film Movement.

Online rental service Netflix has begun offering for rent independent and foreign films that were previously available for purchase only to subscibers of Film Movement.

New York-based Film Movement is a DVD-of-the-month club that sends out one film per month to its members on the same day as the titles' U.S. theatrical release. Members are charged a monthly fee of $19.95. Most of the films have won awards at film festivals but do not have theatrical or video distribution through a major studio. Film Movement is the sole theatrical and video distributor for the titles, and now Netflix is the exclusive retailer offering the projects for rent.

A dozen Film Movement titles are now available for rental at Netflix.com. They include "El Bola," which won four Goya Awards (comparable to the Oscar Awards in Spain), including best picture; "Manito," winner of the Special Grand Jury Prize at Sundance; "Light of My Eyes," winner for best actor and actress at the Venice Film Festival; and "Hop," winner of two Joseph Plateu Awards in Belgium.