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…

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…

Interview with Michael Höfner, CEO of GMFilms, Germany

By Joachim Soudan   We met Michael Höfner, founder of GMFilms, and asked him to tell us about his company and Germany’s market and situation during the Covid-19 pandemic. He describes his work as a sole trader, explains the small arthouse audience, and shares his interrogations for the future.   How would you describe your…

Interview with Ignacio Segura, General Manager of DeAPlaneta, Spain

By Jesús Silva   We caught up with Ignacio Segura, General Manager of DeAPlaneta, who opened up about their editorial policy, the particular traits of the Spanish market for independent distribution and the difficulties undergone by the sector during the global health crisis. Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, most of the films released…

Interview with Thomas Bertacche, co-founder of Tucker Film, Italy

By Joachim Soudan   We had a chat with Thomas Bertacche, co-founder of Tucker Film, a distribution company specialised in European and Asian films. He speaks with us about the variety of work done around movies, including organising a festival and launching a streaming platform, the strategy of investing in Asian titles to work their…

Interview with Oana Furdea, Distribution Manager, Transilvania Film, Romania

By Davide Abbatescianni   We sat down with Oana Furdea, Distribution Manager at Bucharest-based outfit Transilvania Film. We discussed the company’s editorial policy, the current challenges posed by the pandemic and the Romanian film distribution landscape.   What’s your company’s line up? What about your editorial policy? Our company was established in 2003. We’re trying…