Genre: Hard Stuff
Update Frequency: Daily
As AVN has previously noted, it "all started with Girlfriends Films" back in 2002, when Dan O'Connell first launched the company that would quickly become synonymous with the best in lesbian-filmed adult content. As the prevailing formats for delivering content to fans has evolved, and DVDs gave ground to internet-based distribution and beyond, Girlfriends has evolved with the times. With the debut this year of its long-awaiting affiliate program, the company is now a full-fledged member of the adult online community. Its membership site, GFFmembers.com, which was developed and launched in partnership with abbywinters.com (recipient of the 2011 AVN award for Best Website), gives notice that Girlfriends is serious about giving its current fans a peerless destination that is as enjoyable to explore as it is erotically charged.
The attractive design of the site is the first thing that strikes the first-time visitor. With a purple-shaded background offset by a main page that features softer purple hues highlighted with bright graphics identifying the various features and offerings, the reigning impression one gets is that the site is going to be fun. Most helpful are bright red banners that somehow manage to draw the eye to sections such as "Latest Scenes," "Talk Shows," and "Behind the Scenes," without dominating the page or being too obnoxious, and it's also one quick click to the site's forum, a necessary feature for this community-minded company. In short, the design is balanced and pleasant, with just the right amount of pizzazz to make it interesting.
Of course, most people won't think about the design so deliberately, but that is precisely the point; it's supposed to act on their unconscious. More important in terms of the user's experience is the layout and navigation of the site, and there, too, GFFmembers.com excels in an admirably understated way. From the moment one lands on the main page, a sense of order is apparent. Clearly denoted sections line the right side, with cool highlighted "show me more" links that lead to the section's dedicated pages. To their left, up top, a scrolling window offers the site's latest scenes, plus a smattering of information about the subject matter and models being featured. A quick click brings you right to the scenes' dedicated pages. Most appreciable, the main page is not long; one only has a short scroll to reveal additional sections, such as "Upcoming Scenes" and "Upcoming DVDs," and a ton of other information about the company and its offerings laid out with utter efficiency. The drop-down navigation bar at the top of the main page is also a lesson in clarity and efficiency, making the whole experience easy and effortless. The reason why that is so important is because no one wants members expending energy on anything but enjoying the content!
In that regard, the site is simply seamless. One has the option to explore models, scenes, series, movies and shows with one quick click. See a scene you like? One more click leads to a page that features a wide-screen video screen along with a plethora of information about the scene. You can watch the video there, expand it to full screen or download it in large or extra large formats. The same goes for the other filtered categories. The models' pages, in addition to information about the girls, contain small embedded windows featuring the scenes they are in; a very neat was of visually promoting their performances. Similar considerations are made on the movies' individual pages, which offer individual scenes in addition to the ability to easily purchase the DVD. All of Girlfriend Film's series are also offered—such as Net Skirts, Lesbian Triangles and Twins, to name a few—with the commensurate scenes associated with the series. It's just all so easy to understand and navigate, and again, it puts the member's focus where it needs to be: on the content.
With respect to the content itself, what is there to say? Girlfriend Films has been a leading studio in the lesbian niche seemingly forever, and in fact can proudly lay claim to having helped define and refine the niche, and expanding it, really, from a niche to a full-fledged category and community within the adult entertainment industry. That's what comes from tapping into a passion and expressing it to consistent perfection. That the Girlfriends Films membership website continues that legacy of excellence is just another feather in the cap of one of the industry's premier studios.
With daily updates and featuring years of Girlfriends Films content, memberships to GFFmembers.com cost $24.95 for one month, $64,95 for three months, $104.95 for six months, and $189.95 for a one year membership. The main join page can be found here.