Interview with Marc Smit, Co-CEO of Cinéart, Benelux

By Jesús Silva We spoke to Marc Smit, Co-CEO of Cinéart, who offered us some insight into the situation of the distribution market in the Benelux and their strategy to navigate the current crisis.   How did the company start and what is your editorial policy? Cinéart has been around for 45 years. It was originally established in Belgium, but in 2008 we launched a subsidiary in the Netherlands. I think it was a very…

Interview with Seppe Vanhaecke, Responsible for Distribution at MOOOV, Belgium

By Jesús Silva   We caught up with our member Seppe Vanhaecke, responsible for distribution at MOOOV, to discuss their role within the Benelux distribution market and the measures they are taking in order to adapt their business model to the current global situation.   Can you tell us about your company’s history and editorial policy? We are actually a government subsidised organization, which resulted from the merging of two festivals back in 2013. Distribution…

Interview with Hans Kok, Managing Partner of Arti Film, The Netherlands

by Jesús Silva We chatted with Hans Kok, Managing Partner of Dutch distribution company Arti Film, about their release strategy, the challenges of working in a very competitive market and their thoughts about the impact of the lockdown caused by the coronavirus.   What is your editorial policy? We release 12 movies every year, half of them LGBT related. For these we have a special release schedule; every two months a so-called “Gay Film Special”, which…

Interview with Margherita Chiti, General Manager of Teodora Film, Italy

by Jesús Silva We interviewed Margherita Chiti, General Manager and Head of Acquisitions and TV sales of Teodora Film, to discuss the complexities of the Italian market and her position as an independent distributor in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.   Could you tell us about the company’s history and your editorial policy? Teodora Film was founded 20 years ago by Vieri Razzini and Cesare Petrillo. From the beginning, the company focused on independent…

Interview with Olivier Van den Broek, Managing partner of The Searchers, Belgium

By Jesús Silva We caught up with Olivier Van den Broek, co-founder and managing partner of the distribution company The Searchers, to discuss their line-up and how they are dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.   Why did you start your own distribution company and what is your editorial policy? We founded The Searchers in 2015, after working as consultants in acquisitions for a smaller company. Back then we felt that arthouse distributors were clearly addressing…

Interview with Eduardo Escudero, Founder of A Contracorriente Films, Spain

By Jesús Silva We talked to our member Eduardo Escudero, one of the founders of Spanish distributor A Contracorriente Films, about their catalogue, the situation of the Spanish market and the future of the sector after the pandemic.   What is your editorial policy? The name A Contracorriente Films (“against the current”) has always been a statement of intentions. We wanted to follow a different editorial policy, focused on “feel-good” movies and European productions. We…