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…

Where’s my film? Availability and visibility of European films on VoD platforms

by Isabella Weber   Over the past six years the expansion in Europe of big international VoD players such as Netflix and Amazon has started an irreversible process that is changing – and, according to some, disrupting – the whole film market. While it is true that those consumers who know what they want can get it “here and now” far more easily than in the past, it is also true that in the maze…

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 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…

Focus on the UK

by Isabella Weber After having lately rediscovered Portugal, the Scandinavian countries and Italy, Europa Distribution continues its tour of Film Distribution’s landscapes and lands today on top of another of the Big Five: the United Kingdom. What are the challenges facing UK distributors today and how are they different from those engaging their European colleagues? While Theresa May and Donald Tusk are busy negotiating the terms of Brexit, we interviewed some UK Independent Distributors to…