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…

MEDIA Success Stories, Volume II: Scope100, European Film Challenge and Europa Distribution

by Isabella Weber   After analysing the role that the MEDIA programme has had in the support of European film distribution through its schemes directly dedicated to distributors over the past years (read here the article), we explore here the goals and the achievements of two projects (Scope100 and The European Film Challenge) and of one sector’s association (Europa Distribution), that all receive grants from MEDIA. Each of the them contributes to the promotion and diffusion of independent European cinema…

How to give old films a new life? Europa Distribution Panel in San Sebastian brings you Back to the Future

by Isabella Weber In a cinematic era dominated by nostalgia, representatives of the film industry too have sometimes the tendency of looking behind thinking “those were the days”… The golden days when independent films could count on a long theatrical exploitation, when free TVs were still buying quality content and a DVD was considered a good gift for Christmas. Within the general crisis affecting the independent cinema distribution in Europe, the collapse of the DVD…

(Don’t) Burn after reading. Europa Distribution’s new workshop on Script Evaluation in Karlovy Vary

 by Isabella Weber   Immersed in the peaceful atmosphere of Karlovy Vary’s rivers and woods, thirty members of Europa Distribution took a step back from their daily working routine to acquire some new tools on Script Evaluation and share their perspectives with other distributors working in different territories.   It all started on a Monday. In partnership with the KVIFF – that on its 53rd edition counted over 13.000 accredited participants – Europa Distribution co-organized…

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…

Everything you always wanted to know about Distribution but were afraid to ask: PIRACY

by Isabella Weber On Saturday 21 October, Europa Distribution, in partnership with MIA, gathered a panel of experts in Rome to acknowledge and discuss the elephant in the room: piracy. The roundtable, moderated by Paolo Marzano (President of the Permanent Advisory Committee for Copyright at the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Italy), analysed the latest data on the impact of piracy in Europe, with a specific focus on independent films, commonly perceived as less affected by…

Dial A for Audience. Europa Distribution at the 14th Sofia Meetings

by Isabella Weber This year Europa Distribution celebrated the 7th anniversary of its partnership with the Sofia Meetings, bringing over 20 distributors to the 21st edition of the Sofia International Film Festival from March 16 to March 19. Besides attending the festival’s activities, the members of Europa Distribution gathered on Friday 17th to discuss the new forms of collaboration between Film Festivals and distributors in a private workshop entitled “Dial A for Audience. How can…