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 Stefano Massenzi, Head of acquisitions of Lucky Red, Italy

By Jesús Silva   Stefano Massenzi, Head of acquisitions of Italy’s Lucky Red and co-President of Europa Distribution’s Board, walks us through the complexities of the Italian market and the role of independent distributors in the circulation of European films. Italy was one of the few countries to launch specific support for the audiovisual sector…

Interview with Peter Sølvsten Thomsen, Head of Distribution of Angel Films, Denmark

By Davide Abbatescianni We had the opportunity to talk to Peter Sølvsten Thomsen, Head of Distribution of Copenhagen-based production and distribution outfit Angel Films. Our conversation revolved around the company’s business strategy, its editorial policy, the peculiarities of the Danish distribution market and the challenges posed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.   How would you…

Interview with Jakub Mróz, President of Tongariro Releasing, Poland

By Jesús Silva   We caught up with Jakub Mróz, President of Poland’s Tongariro Releasing, an independent distribution company specialised on LGBT films. Mróz opened up about his role as a film distributor and the recent trends in the Polish market. Thanks to a diversified business model and a strong presence online, the company managed…

Interview with Sarah Chazelle and Etienne Ollagnier, Founders and Managers of Jour2Fête, France

By Joachim Soudan   Sarah Chazelle and Etienne Ollagnier, founders of Jour2Fête, develop for us their points of view over independent film publishing in France and over the struggle against the effects of the pandemic. Through ongoing discussions with the government and between all the actors of the cinema industry, France has put in place…

Interview with Alessandro Giacobbe, Managing Director of Academy Two, Italy

By Jesús Silva   Alessandro Giacobbe, Managing Director of Italy’s Academy Two, broke down for us the main challenges for independent distributors in Italy, such as the difficult access to the screens. Cinemas across the country were reopened in mid-June, but when the market was slowly recovering after summer, the government declared a second lockdown…

Interview with Daniel Goroshko, CEO & Head of Acquisitions of A-One Films, Russia

By Joachim Soudan   We caught up with Daniel Goroshko, Head of Acquisitions and CEO of A-One Films, to discuss the Arthouse movie market in Russia and how distributing movies gets even more unpredictable with the need of the ministry of culture’s authorisation. After the lockdown, cinemas reopened in August and September, little by little.…

Interview with Régine Vial, Head of Distribution at Les Films du Losange, France

By Jesús Silva   We caught up with Régine Vial, Head of Distribution at French outfit Les Films du Losange, to discuss the history of the company and the situation of the market in times of pandemic. Despite the enormous effort made by French independent distributors, who managed to keep a constant stream of releases…

Interview with Antonio Medici, CEO of Bim Distribuzione, Italy

By Jesús Silva   Antonio Medici, CEO of Bim Distribuzione, talks about the situation of independent film distribution in Italy, where the global health crisis has accelerated some trends that were already visible in the market, such as the reduction in cinema attendance. Despite cinemas reopening back in June, and with a network of open-air…

Interview with Paul Wiegard and Vera Herchenbach, CEO and Acquisitions Executive of Madman Entertainment, Australia/New Zealand

By Jesús Silva and Isabella Weber   We talked to Paul Wiegard and Vera Herchenbach, CEO and Acquisitions Executive of Madman Entertainment, about the particularities of distributing European and foreign-language films in Australia and New Zealand. Due to the huge volume of films being released every year, it is crucial for independent distributors in these…