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 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 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…

Interview with Miguel Morales, Director of Wanda Vision, Spain

By Jesús Silva   We caught up with Miguel Morales, Director of Wanda Vision, who opened up about the particularities of distributing independent films in Spain. Due to a decentralised approach for tackling the Covid-19 pandemic, Spanish distributors must keep up to date on the different restrictions affecting cinemas in every region of the country,…

Interview with Holger Recktenwald, CEO of mindjazz pictures, Germany

By Jesús Silva   Holger Recktenwald, CEO of Cologne-based outfit mindjazz pictures, discusses the particularities of releasing independent arthouse documentaries in Germany. One of the main challenges when working with such a specific line-up is to reach the potential audience for these titles, making it crucial to build relationships with different players and organisations. When…

Interview with Gábor Böszörményi, CEO of Mozinet, Hungary

By Joachim Soudan   Gábor Böszörményi, CEO of Mozinet talks about distributing independent European films in Hungary, describes his tasks and ideals as a publisher and the campaigns he sets up to reach the public and get his films known. Having worked for over twenty years in Hungary’s film industry, he speaks about the difficulties…

Interview with João Paulo Abreu, Managing Director of FILMS4YOU, Portugal

By Jesús Silva   We talked to João Paulo Abreu, Managing Director of FILMS4YOU, about the special features of the Portuguese market and the current tendencies in the field of independent distribution. In the midst of a second pandemic wave, cinemas all over the country had to reduce their operations, while distributors decided to pull…

Interview with Tobias Lehmann, Managing Director of Alamode Film, Germany

By Jesús Silva   Tobias Lehmann, Managing Director of Alamode Film, discusses the role of independent distributors, the particularities of releasing arthouse films in Germany and the effects of the COVID pandemic on their business. Once a paradise for home entertainment, the German market is becoming more competitive while increasingly relying on theatrical revenues. Distributors…