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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 in the region have to think “outside of the box” and find new ways to connect with their audiences. Events…

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 Solo, a creative documentary by Artemio Benki. Benki is a French director, producer and distributor based in Prague, where he…

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 the Home Entertainment side. I knew the guys from Paramount, Virgin, Warner Bros… and working with them I got an…

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 tougher in the era of multiplication of contents, the need for joining forces across different parts of the film’s value…

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…