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 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 Mika Siltala, CEO and founder of Cinema Mondo, Finland

By Jesús Silva   We caught up with Mika Siltala, CEO and founder of Finnish distributor Cinema Mondo, to discuss how they managed to survive throughout the lockdown thanks to a diversified business model.   How would you describe your line-up and editorial policy? Cinema Mondo was founded in 1990. Since then, we have released…

Interview with Jakob Kijas, General Manager of Eksystent Distribution, Germany

By Jesús Silva We talked to Jakob Kijas, General Manager of German distributor Eksystent Distribution, about the main challenges independent distributors have to face in Germany, as well as the effects of the global health crisis on the market.   How did you start working in film distribution? What’s your company’s editorial policy?  We launched…

Why Together is Better – Europa Distribution at MIA

by Isabella Weber    Europa Distribution held its 13th Annual Conference in Rome (16-19 October) in the framework of the MIA Market, gathering around sixty members of the association to discuss about the latest evolutions in the European distribution market. With an ever-increasing number of films released every year, and competition for audience’s attention getting…

Early strategy and positioning helped ‘Queen of Hearts’ rise to the international throne: Europa Distribution panel in Haugesund, in partnership with New Nordic Films

  by Wendy Mitchell Communicating honestly and early across the value chain is key to boosting an independent film’s success, experts said at a panel at Haugesund’s New Nordic Films market, organized in collaboration with Europa Distribution for the fourth year.   Silje Kikoline Glimsdal, Sales & Project Manager at TrustNordisk, said that for a…

Europa Distribution towards the future of Digital Marketing

by Isabella Weber For every new film released in cinemas there are hundreds of entertainment alternatives that audience can reach with a click: whether it’s other films, TV series, reality shows or video games, the truth is that the competition for attention has never been fiercer. How can independent distributors rise above the noise, to bring…

Focus on Switzerland

by Isabella Weber   After our 2018’s summer tour of independent film distribution in Greece (read here) and the exploration of the eastern regions of Europe (read here our articles on Russia and Lithuania), Europa Distribution pulls its focus lenses on Switzerland. How do independent film distributors work in a country that counts 3 official languages and 26…