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Interview with Alessandro Giacobbe, Managing Director of Academy Two, Italy

By Jesús Silva   Alessandro Giacobbe, Managing Director of Italy’s Academy Two, broke down for us the main challenges for independent distributors in Italy, such as the difficult access to the screens. Cinemas across the country were reopened in mid-June, but when the market was slowly recovering after summer, the government declared a second lockdown…

Interview with Daniel Goroshko, CEO & Head of Acquisitions of A-One Films, Russia

By Joachim Soudan   We caught up with Daniel Goroshko, Head of Acquisitions and CEO of A-One Films, to discuss the Arthouse movie market in Russia and how distributing movies gets even more unpredictable with the need of the ministry of culture’s authorisation. After the lockdown, cinemas reopened in August and September, little by little.…

Interview with Tobias Lehmann, Managing Director of Alamode Film, Germany

By Jesús Silva   Tobias Lehmann, Managing Director of Alamode Film, discusses the role of independent distributors, the particularities of releasing arthouse films in Germany and the effects of the COVID pandemic on their business. Once a paradise for home entertainment, the German market is becoming more competitive while increasingly relying on theatrical revenues. Distributors…

Interview with Stefan Bradea, Co-founder and International Acquisitions Manager of Bad Unicorn, Romania

By Joachim Soudan   We talked to Stefan Bradea of Bad Unicorn about the particularities of distributing Independent films in Romania and the impact of the Covid on the market. The small number of dedicated arthouse cinemas makes it necessary for independent films to compete with commercial films and seduce the multiplexes audience. As for…

Interview with Marek Bień, Gutek Film, Poland

By Joachim Soudan   Marek Bień, describes for us the situation of the Polish market for independent film distribution, which has seen a very impressive growth the past ten years. After the lockdown, the market showed its strength by getting back on his feet: but Poland now faces the second wave of the pandemic, and…

Independent distributors claim their cultural role as publishers at Europa Distribution’s Panel at MIA

By Isabella Weber   Crises are always accelerators for change and in today’s pandemic the independent distributors are fighting hard to be ahead of that change, to save their companies and to guarantee the circulation of the films they are passionate about.   To raise awareness on the role of distributors in film industry Europa…

Interview with Alaa Karkouti, CEO and Co-founder of MAD Solutions, Egypt

By Joachim Soudan   We talked with Alaa Karkouti, CEO and Co-founder of MAD Solutions and Co-founder of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC), and he told us about some aspects of the Egyptian market and the Arab world: the necessity to join forces in a landscape with no support from the states, the need of…

Interview with Hans König, Head of Distribution of Polyfilm, Austria

By Jesús Silva   We spoke to Hans König, Head of Distribution at Polyfilm, who shared with us some of the main traits of the Austrian market for independent film distribution, such as the strong connection with Germany and the necessity to rely almost exclusively on theatrical distribution. In order to tackle the effects of…

Interview with Régine Vial, Head of Distribution at Les Films du Losange, France

By Jesús Silva   We caught up with Régine Vial, Head of Distribution at French outfit Les Films du Losange, to discuss the history of the company and the situation of the market in times of pandemic. Despite the enormous effort made by French independent distributors, who managed to keep a constant stream of releases…

Interview with Michael Stejskal, Managing Director of FilmLaden, Austria

By Frances Harvey   We spoke to FilmLaden’s Managing Director, Michael Stejskal, about the complexities of the Austrian market. Whilst the cinemas have re-opened after lockdown, there is still a threat of a second wave and an uncertain future.   Could you describe FilmLaden’s editorial policy?  Our last year’s programme is a good example: We…