Focus on Iceland: Bíó Paradís and the challenges of releasing independent cinema

by Birgit Heidsiek   The “Seven Year Itch” turns out well for the Bíó Paradís, a cinema and distribution company in Iceland that is showing European arthouse films and U.S. independents. With “Moonlight”, the distributor released for the first time a movie that was also booked by other exhibitors in Reykjavík. “We are releasing the kind of films that other exhibitors don’t want to occupy their screens with”, says Hronn Sveinsdóttir, Managing Director of Bíó…

European Distribution : Focus on Scandinavia

 by Birgit Heidsiek   Spotlight on Scandinavia: All about audience access for arthouse films   Since decades, the Scandinavian countries have had the highest number of average admissions in Europe. Although the Icelanders don’t go thirteen times per year anymore to the cinema as they used to do it in the early 1980’s, the insular state Iceland is still holding the record with more than four cinema ticket purchases per inhabitant. “Illegal downloads don’t really…