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…

Europa Distribution at IDFA: The “Solo” Case study

by Jesús Silva Vilas For the second year in a row, in partnership with the Festival’s Industry Talk programme, Europa Distribution co-organized various events at IDFA focused on the distribution of documentary films. On November 25th, a public panel was held at De Brakke Grond, dedicated to a very specific case study: the life-cycle of Solo, a creative documentary by Artemio Benki. Benki is a French director, producer and distributor based in Prague, where he…

Interview with Tom Abell, founder of UK distributor Peccadillo Picture

by Frances Harvey We talked to our member Tom Abell, founder of UK distributor Peccadillo Pictures, about the UK distribution landscape, the company’s upcoming titles, and past successes.   How did you start in film distribution? I was originally a videotape editor back in the 80s. I did a lot of work for studios on the Home Entertainment side. I knew the guys from Paramount, Virgin, Warner Bros… and working with them I got an…

Why Together is Better – Europa Distribution at MIA

by Isabella Weber    Europa Distribution held its 13th Annual Conference in Rome (16-19 October) in the framework of the MIA Market, gathering around sixty members of the association to discuss about the latest evolutions in the European distribution market. With an ever-increasing number of films released every year, and competition for audience’s attention getting tougher in the era of multiplication of contents, the need for joining forces across different parts of the film’s value…

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…

Mad Solutions to promote arthouse cinema in the Arab world. Interview with Alaa Karkouti

by Isabella Weber   Venturing beyond European borders, Europa Distribution is expanding its focus  on local independent film distribution to take you, thanks to the help of our member MAD Solutions, on a journey to the Arab countries.   MAD: One company, five branches, one hundred projects   MAD Solutions was founded in 2010 as a distribution company devoted to arthouse cinema and based in Cairo. At the time, Arab cinema was booming and in a few…

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…

Focus on Austria

by Birgit Heidsiek     Sometimes, the name says it all. This was the case when Austrian distributor Polyfilm released the documentary The Happy Film by Stefan Sagmeister & Ben Nabors that attracted more than 17.000 cinemagoers in Austria. “We are looking for arthouse and crossover films but we also distribute many documentaries”, says Hans König, Head of Distribution of Polyfilm. As one of the leading distributors in Austria, the company is releasing about 40 to 45 films per…

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…