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Interview with Margherita Chiti, General Manager of Teodora Film, Italy

by Jesús Silva We interviewed Margherita Chiti, General Manager and Head of Acquisitions and TV sales of Teodora Film, to discuss the complexities of the Italian market and her position as an independent distributor in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.   Could you tell us about the company’s history and your editorial policy? Teodora…

Interview with Jakob Kijas, General Manager of Eksystent Distribution, Germany

By Jesús Silva We talked to Jakob Kijas, General Manager of German distributor Eksystent Distribution, about the main challenges independent distributors have to face in Germany, as well as the effects of the global health crisis on the market.   How did you start working in film distribution? What’s your company’s editorial policy?  We launched…

Interview with Olivier Van den Broek, Managing partner of The Searchers, Belgium

By Jesús Silva We caught up with Olivier Van den Broek, co-founder and managing partner of the distribution company The Searchers, to discuss their line-up and how they are dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.   Why did you start your own distribution company and what is your editorial policy? We founded The Searchers in 2015,…

Interview with Eduardo Escudero, Founder of A Contracorriente Films, Spain

By Jesús Silva We talked to our member Eduardo Escudero, one of the founders of Spanish distributor A Contracorriente Films, about their catalogue, the situation of the Spanish market and the future of the sector after the pandemic.   What is your editorial policy? The name A Contracorriente Films (“against the current”) has always been…

Distributors on the Move. The pilot’s results and the launch of 2020 edition

by Isabella Weber In the ever-evolving film market the need to be up to date with the latest trends is greatly felt by distributors and especially by people working in film marketing. While some know-hows and expertise remain necessarily linked to the local territory, there are in fact many important aspects related to marketing techniques…

Let’s Talk Animation: Europa Distribution at Cartoon Movie

  by Isabella Weber   Over the past few years several independent distributors started to invest more in animation films for family and kids, in order to vary their line-up and grow their audience. Until five-six years ago the big studios specialised in animation were releasing fewer films per year, following a regular calendar and…

AN EASTERN FOCUS: FILM DISTRIBUTION IN ROMANIA, HUNGARY AND BULGARIA

by Jesús Silva   Following its European tour across countries such as Greece or Switzerland, Europa Distribution now goes east in order to address the situation of independent film distribution in a particular set of countries: Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria. Due to a severe lack of screens, a limited window market and the ever-present threat of piracy, independent distributors…

Europa Distribution at IDFA: The “Solo” Case study

by Jesús Silva Vilas For the second year in a row, in partnership with the Festival’s Industry Talk programme, Europa Distribution co-organized various events at IDFA focused on the distribution of documentary films. On November 25th, a public panel was held at De Brakke Grond, dedicated to a very specific case study: the life-cycle of…

Interview with Tom Abell, founder of UK distributor Peccadillo Picture

by Frances Harvey We talked to our member Tom Abell, founder of UK distributor Peccadillo Pictures, about the UK distribution landscape, the company’s upcoming titles, and past successes.   How did you start in film distribution? I was originally a videotape editor back in the 80s. I did a lot of work for studios on…

Why Together is Better – Europa Distribution at MIA

by Isabella Weber    Europa Distribution held its 13th Annual Conference in Rome (16-19 October) in the framework of the MIA Market, gathering around sixty members of the association to discuss about the latest evolutions in the European distribution market. With an ever-increasing number of films released every year, and competition for audience’s attention getting…