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…

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…

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…

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…

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…