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Interview with Yves Blösche, Distributor, Filmcoopi Zürich

By Davide Abbatescianni   We caught the opportunity to chat with Yves Blösche, Managing Partner at Zürich-based distributor Filmcoopi. Our conversation revolved around the peculiarities of the Swiss market, the company’s editorial policy, its recent line-up ahead of Cannes as well as its distribution and marketing strategies.   What’s your company’s line up? What about…

Interview with Michel Zana, Head of Distribution of Dulac Distribution, France

By Jesús Silva   Michel Zana, Head of Distribution of Dulac Distribution, shared his views on the French market and the specific Covid-recovery measures implemented by the local authorities to support the industry during the pandemic. Zana also opened up about the failed proposal of a concerted calendar for distribution after the second lockdown.  …

Interview with Alexis Mas, CEO of Condor Distribution, France

By Jesús Silva   We sat down with Alexis Mas, CEO of Condor Distribution, who shared with us his particular approach as an independent distributor in France. In 2020, his company enjoyed one of its most successful years in terms of theatrical admissions, due to the lack of new films after the first lockdown. However,…

Interview with Florent Bugeau, Head of Sales and Acquisitions of Rezo Films, France

By Jesús Silva   We caught up with Florent Bugeau, Head of Sales and Acquisitions of Rezo Films, to talk about the particular traits and challenges of the French market. Cinemas have reopened in the country on 19 May, but independent distributors are concerned about the high number of films that have been piling up…

Interview with René Wolf, Head of Acquisitions & Senior Programmer of the Eye Film Museum, The Netherlands

By Joachim Soudan   René Wolf walks us through the Eye Film Museum and his work as distributor and curator for the institution, his love for new and old releases, extreme films and the importance of the big screen. He shares his fears about the fierce competition between films that might happen at the reopening…

Interview with Cécile Salin, Head of Acquisitions of Diaphana Distribution, France

By Jesús Silva   Cécile Salin, Head of Acquisitions of Diaphana Distribution, shared with us the particularities of her job as an independent film distributor in France. While acknowledging the important measures implemented by the French government to tackle the crisis this year, Salin points out the urgency to think about the consequences of the…

Interview with Luis Apolinario, General Manager of Alambique, Portugal

By Jesús Silva   We sat down with Luis Apolinario, General Manager and co-founder of Portugal’s Alambique, to discuss the situation of the Portuguese market for independent film distribution. Apolinario points out the necessity to address the structural problems hindering the Portuguese market, such as the serious lack of independent screens, while asking for more…

Interview with Alexis Hofmann, Head of Acquisitions of BAC Films, France

By Jesús Silva   We talked to Alexis Hofmann, Head of Acquisitions of BAC Films, about their line-up, the marketing approach of their company and some distinct traits of the French market. Like many other independent distributors in the country, Hofmann calls for specific support to address cinemas reopening in France, due to the high…

Interview with Ditte Daugbjerg Christensen, Managing director of Øst for Paradis, Denmark

By Joachim Soudan   Talking with Ditte Daugbjerg Christensen, Managing Co-Director of Øst for Paradis, we went through the aspects of the Danish arthouse market, the current tendencies related to streaming and the two lockdowns, and, furthermore the immense power and need of movies to relate to each other.   How would you describe your…

Andrea Romeo, General Manager and Head of Acquisitions, I Wonder Pictures, Italy

By Davide Abbatescianni   We chatted to Andrea Romeo, General Manager and Head of Acquisitions of Bologna-based outfit I Wonder Pictures. Our conversation revolved around the company’s editorial policy, its recent line-up as well as its distribution and marketing strategies.   What’s your company’s line up? What about your editorial policy? Currently, our editorial policy…