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…

Interview with Laurent Dutoit, CEO of Agora Films, Switzerland

By Jesús Silva   We caught up with Laurent Dutoit, CEO of Agora Films, to discuss the main challenges of the Swiss market for independent film distribution, such as the multilingual nature of the territory and the fundamental collaboration with the neighbouring countries. Switzerland decided to open cinemas on June 8, after three months of…

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…