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Where’s my film? Availability and visibility of European films on VoD platforms

by Isabella Weber   Over the past six years the expansion in Europe of big international VoD players such as Netflix and Amazon has started an irreversible process that is changing – and, according to some, disrupting – the whole film market. While it is true that those consumers who know what they want can get it “here and now” far more easily than in the past, it is also true that in the maze…

Focus on Film Distribution in Israel. Interview with Daniel Melamed

by Isabella Weber   We caught up with our member Daniel Melamed, CEO and partner of the distribution company New Cinema to discuss about the state of independent film distribution in Israel. How does one end up being a distributor? What are the films that conquer the hearths of the Israeli audience and where are they watched?     How did you start working in film distribution? In 2007 I was working as cinema manager…

Early strategy and positioning helped ‘Queen of Hearts’ rise to the international throne: Europa Distribution panel in Haugesund, in partnership with New Nordic Films

  by Wendy Mitchell Communicating honestly and early across the value chain is key to boosting an independent film’s success, experts said at a panel at Haugesund’s New Nordic Films market, organized in collaboration with Europa Distribution for the fourth year.   Silje Kikoline Glimsdal, Sales & Project Manager at TrustNordisk, said that for a sales company to work effectively, it needs to talk honestly with a film’s creative team well before the shooting starts.…

Europa Distribution towards the future of Digital Marketing

by Isabella Weber For every new film released in cinemas there are hundreds of entertainment alternatives that audience can reach with a click: whether it’s other films, TV series, reality shows or video games, the truth is that the competition for attention has never been fiercer. How can independent distributors rise above the noise, to bring the exciting new European titles to their audience?   In partnership with the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Europa Distribution held on…

Animation films for adults: Challenges and Opportunities

Europa Distribution Workshop at Cartoon   by Isabella Weber   Over the past few years « A List » International Film Festivals such as Cannes have been opening their selections to filmmakers working with animation (Red Turtle, Zombillennium, Mirai…), offering a new visibilty to those animation films that do not directly address children. But what happens to such titles once they leave the red carpets to venture into National distributions? In the framework of the 21st edition of…

Mad Solutions to promote arthouse cinema in the Arab world. Interview with Alaa Karkouti

by Isabella Weber   Venturing beyond European borders, Europa Distribution is expanding its focus  on local independent film distribution to take you, thanks to the help of our member MAD Solutions, on a journey to the Arab countries.   MAD: One company, five branches, one hundred projects   MAD Solutions was founded in 2010 as a distribution company devoted to arthouse cinema and based in Cairo. At the time, Arab cinema was booming and in a few…

Focus on Switzerland

by Isabella Weber   After our 2018’s summer tour of independent film distribution in Greece (read here) and the exploration of the eastern regions of Europe (read here our articles on Russia and Lithuania), Europa Distribution pulls its focus lenses on Switzerland. How do independent film distributors work in a country that counts 3 official languages and 26 cantons?   One country… three releases  For most of the Swiss independent distributors the largest target group is represented by…

The Act of Releasing: How to bring documentaries to theatres successfully.

by Isabella Weber Landing for the first time at the IDFA, Europa Distribution on November 19th made full house organizing -in partnership with the Festival’s Industry Talk programme- a public panel dedicated to the potential of documentaries when it comes to theatrical release. The panel of experts involved to explore the theme included independent distributors members of the Europa Distribution network Katerina Dvorakova (Aerofilms, CZ), Greta Akcijonaite (Greta Garbo, LT) and Huub Roelvink (Cherry Pickers, NL); the US distributor Daniel Braun (Submarine, US), and Cecilie Bolvinkel (DK) representing the European…

Blockchain – Europa Distribution’s Panel at MIA

by Vittoria Scarpa   It’s all people have been talking about at film industry events, festivals and major audiovisual markets for months. The revolutionary blockchain technology and its potential applications to the film industry also made an impact at the MIA – Rome International Audiovisual Market , where Europa Distribution organised a panel on the theme: “Everything you always wanted to know about distribution but were afraid to ask: Blockchain and its application to the distribution of…

Focus on Greece

by Jesús Silva   Europa Distribution continues its tour around Europe, in order to shed some light on the situation of independent film distribution across the continent. After our recent articles on countries such as Russia and Lithuania, Iceland and the UK, we headed south to report on the individual aspects of the Greek market, and the challenges faced by its professionals. The members of Europa Distribution operating in the Hellenic Republic offered us a common portrait of a…