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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…

Interview with Corinne Rossi, CEO of Praesens, Switzerland

By Jesús Silva   We caught up with Corinne Rossi, CEO of Praesens, to talk about the particular traits of the Swiss market for independent distribution, such as the multilingual nature of the territory, often linked with differences in terms of audience taste and trends. Rossi also opened up about the measures implemented by the…

Interview with Igor Stankovic, CEO of MCF Megacom, Serbia

By Jesús Silva   Igor Stankovic, CEO of MCF Megacom, offered us some insight into their diversified business model, explaining the particularities of the Serbian market and the importance of film festivals as promotional platforms for the release of arthouse titles in the region. Stankovic also shared with us his view on the need to…

Interview with Pierre-François Piet, CFO of Ad Vitam, France

By Jesús Silva   We spoke to Pierre-François Piet, CFO of Ad Vitam, about the main challenges of the French market, building a recognizable brand and the importance of supporting films beyond its theatrical release. Despite the different measures launched by the government and the CNC to support the audiovisual industry, Piet believes the market…

Europa Distribution’s Workshops are back!

By Isabella Weber   Last month Europa Distribution was part of two major events that open the European film industry’s spring calendar: Cartoon Movie (9-11 March) and Sofia Meetings (17-24 March). For the association it was the occasion to experiment for the first time with all-digital workshops. The gatherings, however virtual, felt to all participants…

Interview with Mira Staleva, Distributor, Art Fest, Bulgaria

By Davide Abbatescianni   We sat down with Mira Staleva, Distribution Manager at Sofia-based outfit Art Fest. We discussed the company’s editorial policy, the current challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak and the Bulgarian film distribution landscape.   What’s your company’s line up? What about your editorial policy? Our editorial policy focuses on arthouse titles.…

Interview with Eric Lagesse, CEO of Pyramide Distribution, France

By Jesús Silva   We sat down with Eric Lagesse, CEO of Pyramide Distribution, to discuss the secrets behind France’s “very creative, vivid and risky” film scene. During the pandemic, the collaboration between independent distributors and the CNC has been crucial in terms of adopting different measures to sustain the market. However, the considerable drop…

Pascal Trächslin, CEO of Cineworx, Switzerland

By Davide Abbatescianni   We caught up with Pascal Trächslin, CEO of Basel-based production and distribution outfit Cineworx. Our conversation revolved around the company’s line-up and strategies, the support measures implemented to fight the ongoing healthcare crisis and the distribution of European arthouse films in Switzerland.   How would you describe your company’s line-up and…

Interview with Jean Labadie, CEO of Le Pacte, France

By Jesús Silva   We talked to Jean Labadie, CEO of France’s Le Pacte, about the particular traits that make the French market “the healthiest in Europe” for independent film distribution. Labadie also opened up about the key role of French distributors in the financing of national films, the impact of their media chronology and…