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…

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…

Cine en Construcción Toulouse: Don’t Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl! awarded by distributors and exhibitors

Last week, Europa Distribution was in Toulouse to award along with the CICAE the European Distributors and Exhibitors Prize for the 29th edition of Cine en Construcción, an event organized jointly by Toulouse and San Sebastian whose aim is to present top Latin-American films in post-production phase. The jury was composed of two ED members, Jean Heijl (Just Entertainment, The Netherlands) and Claudia Bedogni (Satine Film, Italy) and of Alain Bouffartigue (Réseau Ciné32, France) for the…

Europa distribution’s new manager

  At the beginning of September, Christine Eloy (right) has taken over the position as the new manager of Europa Distribution. Christine Eloy, formerly head of sales at the Belgian distributor Cinéart, joined Europa Distribution already as an early member. The network of independent film distributors was created in 2006. The organization represents more than130 independent distributors from 28 countries. The professional network acts as a think tank, lobby and an experimental field for new…