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Europa Distribution at Sofia Meetings 2023

After two years of remote attendance and a hybrid edition last spring, the 20th Sofia Meetings went back to its usual dates during the Sofia International Film Festival, unfolding between 22 and 26 March. The prestigious industry gathering, focused on film projects from Central and Eastern Europe, renewed its partnership with Europa Distribution, hosting a…

Europa Distribution’s Case Studies at Cartoon Movie 2023

By Jesús Silva While the number of animation titles has increased within the catalogues of independent distributors in recent years, finding the right target audience and appropriate tools when promoting these kinds of films remains one of the greatest challenges for publishers, considering we are dealing with cultural products which are still widely regarded as…

Europa Distribution discussed building new audiences in Berlin

By Jesús Silva Launching a new partnership with the European Film Market, Europa Distribution held its 16th Annual Conference at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival. The event gathered around sixty members of the association, coming from 25 different countries —from all over Europe and beyond—, who attended the various activities organised by the European…

New and old challenges for the release of documentary films: Europa Distribution’s Case Studies at IDFA 2022

By Jesús Silva The substantial decline in cinema attendance for arthouse films after the pandemic, the overall challenges of releasing independent documentaries, the limited availability of titles for some territories or the effects of the war in Ukraine were among the many topics discussed by independent film distributors in the last workshop hosted by Europa…

The techniques for engaging audiences are already there, say speakers at the Europa Distribution’s panel in San Sebastián

by Elena Lazic   The last two years have proven challenging for theatres, many of which closed down during the height of the pandemic, but also for European films and the distributors releasing them. The myriad challenges they are currently facing — the accelerated rise of streamers during successive lockdowns, cinemagoing habits broken and difficult…

Force Majeure: How Industry Can Win Audiences Off the Sofa and Back to Cinema at NNF in Haugesund

By Michael Gubbins   Europa Distribution and New Nordic Films – The Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund offered a packed audience insights from a range of stakeholders in how to develop audiences in an uncertain and ever-changing market. Film is far from unique in experiencing these economic and cultural shifts – the same trends can…

DISTRIBUTORS ON THE MOVE 2023

By Jesús Silva Launched in 2019, ‘Distributors on the Move’ has become a flagship initiative within Europa Distribution’s annual activities, highly praised by the members of the international association of independent film publishers and distributors. This program specifically targets marketing professionals working in film distribution and consists of a series of exchanges designed to foster…

EDMentorShe wraps its second year

By Aurore Engelen   The second edition of the mentorship programme for female distribution professionals, devised by Europa Distribution, has now wrapped in Brussels After launching a highly promising first edition of it EDMentorShe programme at the height of the pandemic (read our article), the European network of independent film publishers and distributors Europa Distribution…

Film Distribution Innovation Hub at KVIFF

  by Jesús Silva Continuing with its annual festival tour —after its latest stop at Sofia Meetings back in June (see news)—, Europa Distribution resumed its partnership with the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2022. The European network of independent film distributors organised the first edition of the Film Distribution Innovation Hub, a new…

Europa Distribution workshop at Sofia Meetings 2022

By Jesús Silva   Following a two-year gap owing to COVID-related constraints, Europa Distribution returned to Bulgaria in 2022 to renew its partnership with the Sofia Meetings. The industry gathering had to be postponed from its usual dates during the Sofia International Film Festival in March, adopting a hybrid format which unfolded from 6 to…