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…

Interview with Hrönn Sveinsdóttir, Managing Director of Bíó Paradís, Iceland

By Jesús Silva   After facing permanent closure due to the high costs of maintenance necessary for the running of its operations, Iceland’s only arthouse cinema Bíó Paradís announced it would reopen again this September following a successful agreement with public officials. We spoke to Hrönn Sveinsdóttir, Managing Director of the cinema and its distribution…

Interview with Albert Yao, Head of Acquisitions of Swallow Wings, Taiwan

By Frances Harvey   In Taiwan, cinemas have remained open throughout the COVID-19 crisis, but it has meant distributors have had to change their strategies and target different audiences. We spoke to Albert Yao, Head of Acquisitions at Swallow Wings.   What type of films do you acquire at Swallow Wings? Swallow Wings has been…

Interview with Luís Froes, General Manager of Outsider Films, Portugal

By Jesús Silva   Luís Froes, General Manager of Outsider Films, talks about the situation of the Portuguese distribution market after the pandemic and their strategy for upcoming releases.   Can you tell us about your line-up and editorial policy? We focus on commercial quality movies, feel-good titles and animation films for children and adults.…

Interview with Miguel Ángel Pérez, Founder of Surtsey Films, Spain

By Jesús Silva   We interviewed Miguel Ángel Pérez, founder of Spanish outfit Surtsey Films, to discuss the main challenges of the distribution market in Spain and the future of the sector after the pandemic.   How did the company come about and what is your editorial policy? Surtsey Films was launched in 2012. Back…

Interview with Kim Foss, Managing Director of Camera Film, Denmark

By Jesús Silva   We talked to Kim Foss, Managing Director of Camera Film, about the situation of the Danish distribution market after the lockdown, including the restrictions for cinema reopenings.   What is your company’s setup and editorial policy? We have two main lines of work: On one hand, we have the distribution company,…

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,…