Interview with Stefan Bradea, Co-founder and International Acquisitions Manager of Bad Unicorn, Romania

By Joachim Soudan   We talked to Stefan Bradea of Bad Unicorn about the particularities of distributing Independent films in Romania and the impact of the Covid on the market. The small number of dedicated arthouse cinemas makes it necessary for independent films to compete with commercial films and seduce the multiplexes audience. As for…

Interview with Marek Bień, Gutek Film, Poland

By Joachim Soudan   Marek Bień, describes for us the situation of the Polish market for independent film distribution, which has seen a very impressive growth the past ten years. After the lockdown, the market showed its strength by getting back on his feet: but Poland now faces the second wave of the pandemic, and…

Interview with Emil Simeonov, Co-Founder and General Manager of Pro Films, Bulgaria

By Jesús Silva   Emil Simeonov, co-founder and General Manager of Bulgaria’s Pro Films, breaks down the situation of the Bulgarian market for independent film distribution, which relies entirely on the theatrical window. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all cinemas in the country were closed from March 13 until May 18, when the ban was…

Interview with Ivan Hronec, CEO of Film Europe, Czech Republic/Slovakia

By Jesús Silva   We interviewed Ivan Hronec, head of media company Film Europe, who gave us some insight into their particular business model, which played a crucial role in their survival during the global health crisis.   How would you describe the setup and editorial policy of your company? Film Europe was launched 10…

Interview with Aistė Račaitytė, Head of Sales and Acquisitions at Kino Pavasaris Distribution, Lithuania

By Frances Harvey   Vilnius International Film Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, but due to COVID-19, their extensive schedule of celebratory events had to be cancelled. At very short notice, they managed to move the Festival online, giving a boost to local VOD platforms. After the close of the festival, we talked to…

Interview with Ivo Andrle, CEO of Aerofilms, Czech Republic

By Jesús Silva   We chatted with Ivo Andrle, head of Czech outfit Aerofilms, about the situation of independent film distribution in the Czech Republic, one of the first European countries to reopen cinemas after the lockdown.   How did the company start and what is your editorial policy? Aerofilms has been around for almost…