Interview with Margherita Chiti, General Manager of Teodora Film, Italy

by Jesús Silva We interviewed Margherita Chiti, General Manager and Head of Acquisitions and TV sales of Teodora Film, to discuss the complexities of the Italian market and her position as an independent distributor in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.   Could you tell us about the company’s history and your editorial policy? Teodora…

Interview with Olivier Van den Broek, Managing partner of The Searchers, Belgium

By Jesús Silva We caught up with Olivier Van den Broek, co-founder and managing partner of the distribution company The Searchers, to discuss their line-up and how they are dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.   Why did you start your own distribution company and what is your editorial policy? We founded The Searchers in 2015,…

Distributors on the Move. The pilot’s results and the launch of 2020 edition

by Isabella Weber In the ever-evolving film market the need to be up to date with the latest trends is greatly felt by distributors and especially by people working in film marketing. While some know-hows and expertise remain necessarily linked to the local territory, there are in fact many important aspects related to marketing techniques…

AN EASTERN FOCUS: FILM DISTRIBUTION IN ROMANIA, HUNGARY AND BULGARIA

by Jesús Silva   Following its European tour across countries such as Greece or Switzerland, Europa Distribution now goes east in order to address the situation of independent film distribution in a particular set of countries: Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria. Due to a severe lack of screens, a limited window market and the ever-present threat of piracy, independent distributors…

Where’s my film? Availability and visibility of European films on VoD platforms

by Isabella Weber   Over the past six years the expansion in Europe of big international VoD players such as Netflix and Amazon has started an irreversible process that is changing – and, according to some, disrupting – the whole film market. While it is true that those consumers who know what they want can…

Focus on Film Distribution in Israel. Interview with Daniel Melamed

by Isabella Weber   We caught up with our member Daniel Melamed, CEO and partner of the distribution company New Cinema to discuss about the state of independent film distribution in Israel. How does one end up being a distributor? What are the films that conquer the hearths of the Israeli audience and where are…

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…

The Act of Releasing: How to bring documentaries to theatres successfully.

by Isabella Weber Landing for the first time at the IDFA, Europa Distribution on November 19th made full house organizing -in partnership with the Festival’s Industry Talk programme- a public panel dedicated to the potential of documentaries when it comes to theatrical release. The panel of experts involved to explore the theme included independent distributors members of the Europa…