Interview with Jakob Kijas, General Manager of Eksystent Distribution, Germany

By Jesús Silva We talked to Jakob Kijas, General Manager of German distributor Eksystent Distribution, about the main challenges independent distributors have to face in Germany, as well as the effects of the global health crisis on the market.   How did you start working in film distribution? What’s your company’s editorial policy?  We launched the company back in 2012 and the first film we acquired was It Looks Pretty from a Distance by Anka…

Let’s Talk Animation: Europa Distribution at Cartoon Movie

  by Isabella Weber   Over the past few years several independent distributors started to invest more in animation films for family and kids, in order to vary their line-up and grow their audience. Until five-six years ago the big studios specialised in animation were releasing fewer films per year, following a regular calendar and many independents distributors found there was a niche market for independent animation. Things started to change when the number of…

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…