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 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 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…

European Distribution: Focus on the Netherlands

by Claire La Combe Whenever the film market of the Netherlands is mentioned, it is very often associated with its neighbour Belgium, as part of the “2nd rank markets” – those who fully participate in the general trend of the EU film Market, without being a dramatic player. Indeed, in terms of trends, it gently follows the global EU market’s ones: number of admissions has remained over the past years almost perfectly stable (around 30…