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Industry Report: Distribution, Exhibition and Streaming

Analysis of the European distribution and exhibition industry's problems and the subsequent design of new strategies

Industry Report: Distribution, Exhibition and Streaming
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HBO Max expands into seven new territories, and unveils its pricing and a new 45-day theatrical-to-streaming window

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Europe

HBO Max expands into seven new territories, and unveils its pricing and a new 45-day theatrical-to-streaming window

During the initial phase of its European rollout, the streaming giant will go live in the Netherlands, Turkey, Greece, Iceland and the three Baltic republics in 2022  

06 October 2021

Europa Cinemas’ brand-new Collaborate to Innovate scheme backs 15 projects

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Europe

Europa Cinemas’ brand-new Collaborate to Innovate scheme backs 15 projects

The initiative will support efforts that will have a real impact on the film sector, promote the circulation of European films and increase competitiveness  

05 October 2021

NENT Group sells 12 production labels to Fremantle

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Denmark/Finland/Norway/Sweden/USA

NENT Group sells 12 production labels to Fremantle

The agreement covers one studio based in Denmark, three in Finland, six in Norway and two in Sweden  

04 October 2021

Amazon launches ad-based streaming service IMDb TV in the UK

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - UK/USA

Amazon launches ad-based streaming service IMDb TV in the UK

The ad-supported platform will feature a rich library of classics along with IMDb TV originals, such as the docuseries Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary and Moment of Truth  

30 September 2021

Largest IMAX in the world set to open in Germany

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Germany

Largest IMAX in the world set to open in Germany

The record-breaking screen is about to open in Leonberg and will host the highly anticipated premiere of the latest instalment in the James Bond saga, No Time to Die  

29 September 2021

Europa Distribution discusses the “new normal” for independent film distribution in San Sebastián

San Sebastián 2021 – San Sebastián Industry

Europa Distribution discusses the “new normal” for independent film distribution in San Sebastián

According to the participants, for independent distributors this pandemic was yet another test to prove their readiness in facing challenging changes  

28 September 2021

NENT Group’s streaming service Viaplay set to expand into five new markets by 2023

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Sweden

NENT Group’s streaming service Viaplay set to expand into five new markets by 2023

The Nordic platform is due to launch in the UK, Canada, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, aiming to reach 12 million subscribers by the end of 2025  

22 September 2021

Streaming services must now contribute towards the funding of Swiss cinema

Industry / Market - Switzerland

Streaming services must now contribute towards the funding of Swiss cinema

4% of their turnover in Switzerland must be reinvested in Swiss cinema, which stands to benefit from an extra 18 million francs  

20 September 2021

How can Nordic films reach an international audience?

Haugesund 2021 - New Nordic Films

How can Nordic films reach an international audience?

The circulation and promotion of Scandinavian films is the focus of an Europa Distribution panel at Haugesund’s New Nordic Films  

14 September 2021

HBO Max to launch in Europe on 26 October

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Europe

HBO Max to launch in Europe on 26 October

The first countries to gain access to HBO Max are the Nordics and Spain, with Eastern and Central Europe and Portugal following as part of its phased global roll-out  

09 September 2021

The European VoD market still has plenty of room for expansion, say the experts at Venice

Venice 2021 - Venice Production Bridge

The European VoD market still has plenty of room for expansion, say the experts at Venice

VENICE 2021: At the conference hosted by the Venice Production Bridge, industry players discussed recent VoD growth trends and the main challenges faced by distributors, rights holders and streamers  

06 September 2021

In CICAE’s view, the arthouse sector’s main challenge in 2021 is still bringing viewers back to theatres

Venice 2021 – Venice Production Bridge

In CICAE’s view, the arthouse sector’s main challenge in 2021 is still bringing viewers back to theatres

VENICE 2021: The panel, entitled “Strategies for the Arthouse Industry in the Post-pandemic Era”, was held in the Hotel Excelsior’s Spazio Incontri on 3 September  

04 September 2021

Comcast and ViacomCBS join forces to launch SkyShowtime in Europe

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Europe/USA

Comcast and ViacomCBS join forces to launch SkyShowtime in Europe

The streaming service will offer content from Nickelodeon, Paramount+ and Sky, among other providers  

24 August 2021

At Sarajevo, industry panelists explore alternative models of distribution

Sarajevo 2021 - CineLink Industry Days

At Sarajevo, industry panelists explore alternative models of distribution

The talk, moderated by producer Paula Alvarez Vaccaro, took place online on 16 August  

20 August 2021

Sarajevo invites producers and funders to discuss fair practice in the ecosystem involving streamers and content creators

Sarajevo 2021 - CineLink Industry Days

Sarajevo invites producers and funders to discuss fair practice in the ecosystem involving streamers and content creators

The talk, held virtually during this year’s CineLink Industry Days, was moderated by EPC’s Managing Director Alexandra Lebret  

17 August 2021

ViacomCBS joins forces with Sky to launch Paramount+ in Europe

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - UK/Ireland/Italy/Germany/Switzerland/Austria

ViacomCBS joins forces with Sky to launch Paramount+ in Europe

The premium streaming service will be available in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria in 2022  

10 August 2021

The UK’s Independent Cinema Office launches The Cinema of Ideas

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - UK

The UK’s Independent Cinema Office launches The Cinema of Ideas

The new collaborative film platform will give independent cinemas the opportunity to enrich their programme offer through an extra virtual screen  

06 August 2021

SF Studios seals a new distribution deal with Paramount Pictures

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Sweden/USA

SF Studios seals a new distribution deal with Paramount Pictures

The Swedish production and distribution outfit will manage the American studio’s Blu-ray and DVD home entertainment products in the Nordic market  

28 July 2021

Could an agreement be on the cards on the subject of French media chronology?

Cannes 2021

Could an agreement be on the cards on the subject of French media chronology?

CANNES 2021: Seemingly close to concluding, final negotiations between industry professionals and streaming platforms based in France formed the focus of a CNC debate  

12 July 2021

At Cannes, experts assess the export potential of French films

Cannes 2021

At Cannes, experts assess the export potential of French films

CANNES 2021: The round-table, organised by the CNC, saw the participation of five prestigious speakers repping festivals, exhibitors, distributors and sales agents  

10 July 2021

Fragmentation, consolidation and curation: what future awaits content streaming?

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Monaco

Fragmentation, consolidation and curation: what future awaits content streaming?

The panel, organised by the inaugural edition of the Monaco Streaming Film Festival and entitled “The Future of Content Streaming”, was held on 6 July  

07 July 2021

A jam-packed Marché du Film awaits European arthouse distributors

Cannes 2021 - Marché du Film

A jam-packed Marché du Film awaits European arthouse distributors

While the festival readies its red carpet, five distributors share their takes on this year’s physical event and their editorial strategies following the reopening of cinemas  

29 June 2021

Anke van Diejen and Noortje van de Sande  • Managing directors, Picl

“By watching Picl, you directly support your favourite movie theatre and independent cinema”

Anke van Diejen and Noortje van de Sande • Managing directors, Picl

During our conversation, Picl’s managing directors talked us through their model of flexible digital distribution for newly released titles  

25 June 2021

Netflix to reach almost 67 million subscribers in Europe this year, topping 86.2 million by 2026

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - USA/Europe

Netflix to reach almost 67 million subscribers in Europe this year, topping 86.2 million by 2026

The Los Gatos-based streaming giant’s growth trend in Europe continues, driven in part by the increased consumption levels recorded in Eastern European countries  

25 June 2021

Yves Blösche  • Distributor, Filmcoopi Zürich

“We need to face new ways of communication from a local and worldwide perspective”

Yves Blösche • Distributor, Filmcoopi Zürich

The Managing Partner at the Swiss distribution company discusses its distribution and marketing strategies  

15 June 2021

Michel Zana  • Distributor, Dulac Distribution

“In order to overcome this period, we need long-term financial backing, as well as more flexibility on existing funds”

Michel Zana • Distributor, Dulac Distribution

The head of distribution of the French company shares his views on the country’s market and the specific Covid-recovery measures  

10 June 2021

Marc Putman  • Project coordinator, UxP

“We’re working on a WordPress for VoD platforms”

Marc Putman • Project coordinator, UxP

During our discussion, we found out more about UxP’s mission to save European independent VoD platforms time and money through the development of a useful new tool  

09 June 2021

Alexis Mas  • Distributor, Condor Distribution

“Arthouse cinema is not a niche in France, it is a real industry”

Alexis Mas • Distributor, Condor Distribution

The CEO of the French company shares how his particular approach as an independent distributor was affected by the situation in 2020 and the first half of 2021  

01 June 2021

European sales agents discuss the challenges of selling arthouse titles during COVID-19

Industry / Market - Europe

European sales agents discuss the challenges of selling arthouse titles during COVID-19

Entitled “Which Films Still Travel?”, the talk formed part of the Producers on the Move programme organised by the European Film Promotion  

26 May 2021

Florent Bugeau  • Distributor, Rezo Films

“The most important thing is to help companies stay alive after the pandemic”

Florent Bugeau • Distributor, Rezo Films

The head of sales and acquisitions of the French company talks about his concerns about the situation of the cinemas after having reopened  

25 May 2021

Alan R. Milligan and Olivier Affre • CEO and Operating Partner, White Rabbit/Embrace the Fans (EZF)

“We believe that the future isn't in platforms, the future is viral”

Alan R. Milligan and Olivier Affre • CEO and Operating Partner, White Rabbit/Embrace the Fans (EZF)

The groundbreaking project is set to exploit P2P's huge potential to empower the film industry  

19 May 2021

Curzon launches a hybrid membership scheme

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - UK

Curzon launches a hybrid membership scheme

The British distributor and exhibitor's new initiative will offer a new membership combining cinema tickets and streaming offering  

18 May 2021

Yoram Schaffer • General director, Movie Discovery

“An entrepreneur must have both a deep understanding of his or her potential clients, and a great passion”

Yoram Schaffer • General director, Movie Discovery

A breakdown of how a small Israeli start-up is helping independent filmmakers, production companies, distributors, film festivals and film bodies to better organise their work  

18 May 2021

René Wolf • Distributor and senior programmer, Eye Film Museum

“Our work as distributor really helps to keep the European cinema heritage alive”

René Wolf • Distributor and senior programmer, Eye Film Museum

The Dutch professional walks us through his work and shares his hopes for the European cinema heritage  

18 May 2021

Cécile Salin  • Distributor, Diaphana Distribution

“I’m more worried about the repercussions the pandemic will have in the following years”

Cécile Salin • Distributor, Diaphana Distribution

The head of acquisitions of the company acknowledges the measures implemented by the French government while points out the urgency to think about the near future  

11 May 2021

Luis Apolinario  • Distributor, Alambique

“We need to fix the market in the long term”

Luis Apolinario • Distributor, Alambique

The general manager of the Portuguese company points out the necessity to address the structural problems hindering the Portuguese market  

06 May 2021

Maria Rua Aguete • Senior Director Media & Entertainment, OMDIA

“SVOD services must brace themselves for a much slower 2021”

Maria Rua Aguete • Senior Director Media & Entertainment, OMDIA

The media expert commented on Netflix’s Q1 slowdown in subscriptions and other emerging trends in the current SVOD landscape  

04 May 2021

Alexis Hofmann • Distributor, BAC Films

“We are anticipating a rough period when cinemas reopen in France, as the number of films will be greater than usual”

Alexis Hofmann • Distributor, BAC Films

The Head of Acquisitions of the French company calls for specific support to address cinemas reopening in France  

04 May 2021

Ditte Daugbjerg Christensen  • Distributor, Øst for Paradis

“My main focus is getting people to go to the cinema, but I would appreciate if more space was devoted to arthouse films on platforms”

Ditte Daugbjerg Christensen • Distributor, Øst for Paradis

The Managing Co-Director of the Danish company discusses the distribution market and its current tendencies related to streaming  

27 April 2021

Andrea Romeo • Distributor, I Wonder Pictures

“Not everything has changed, but we cannot predict all of the aspects of a transformation that is going to radically reshape the process of fruition”

Andrea Romeo • Distributor, I Wonder Pictures

The General Manager and Head of Acquisitions at the Italian distribution company discusses its distribution and marketing strategies  

22 April 2021

Corinne Rossi  • Distributor, Praesens

“People are now used to having everything everywhere, so cinemas will probably have to offer new options as well”

Corinne Rossi • Distributor, Praesens

The CEO of the Swiss distribution company highlighted the need to be prepared when cinemas reopen  

20 April 2021

Igor Stankovic • Distributor, MCF Megacom

“Maybe cinemas will not be the same, but once all this is over, people will be hungry for new films”

Igor Stankovic • Distributor, MCF Megacom

The CEO of the Serbian distribution company offers us some insight into their diversified business model and the importance of film festivals  

15 April 2021

Pierre-François Piet • Distributor, Ad Vitam

“We need some structural help, and also to regulate the reopening of cinemas”

Pierre-François Piet • Distributor, Ad Vitam

The CFO of the French company discusses the challenges of the market, building a brand and supporting films beyond its theatrical release  

13 April 2021

Sofia Meetings hosts a new Europa Distribution workshop

Sofia 2021 - Sofia Meetings

Sofia Meetings hosts a new Europa Distribution workshop

The participants at the online meeting discussed the several ideas independent distributors came up with to keep promoting and releasing films during the difficult current situation  

08 April 2021

Europa Distribution’s workshop is back at Cartoon Movie

Cartoon 2021 - Cartoon Movie

Europa Distribution’s workshop is back at Cartoon Movie

The virtual gathering tackled the recent releases of animation films by the participants, during these challenging pandemic times and related restrictions  

08 April 2021

Mira Staleva • Distributor, Art Fest

"Distribution in Bulgaria is a true challenge"

Mira Staleva • Distributor, Art Fest

The distribution manager of the Sofia-based outfit, and also managing director of the Sofia International Film Festival, discusses the challenges posed by the pandemic in Bulgaria  

01 April 2021

Paolo Minuto • Distributor, Cineclub Internazionale

“Independent European films lose their emotional impact on streaming platforms”

Paolo Minuto • Distributor, Cineclub Internazionale

The independent Italian distributor talks about virtual markets, state subsidies and the risk posed by VOD to arthouse cinema  

31 March 2021

Cineworld and Warner Bros cut a new deal on the theatrical window in the UK

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - UK

Cineworld and Warner Bros cut a new deal on the theatrical window in the UK

Cineworld cinemas are due to reopen in the UK on 17 May with a day-and-date deal with Warner Bros for 2021 releases, and a new 31-day window from 2022 onwards  

29 March 2021

Eric Lagesse • Distributor, Pyramide Distribution

“I still don’t understand why other countries don’t emulate the French system”

Eric Lagesse • Distributor, Pyramide Distribution

The CEO of the French distribution company discusses the secrets behind France’s “very creative, vivid and risky” market  

25 March 2021

Florence Gastaud • Producer, Les Compagnons du Cinéma

"Cultural content is the new oil"

Florence Gastaud • Producer, Les Compagnons du Cinéma

The head of the French company sheds light on the sale of Madame Claude to Netflix for worldwide distribution, and gives her viewpoint on the turbulence and changes affecting the sector  

24 March 2021

Philipp Hoffmann • Founder, Kino on Demand

“We believe that film exhibitors and streaming platforms should work closely together”

Philipp Hoffmann • Founder, Kino on Demand

The founder and managing director of German outfit Rushlake Media told us why their streaming service may be beneficial for cinemagoers and exhibitors  

18 March 2021

Pascal Trächslin  • Distributor, Cineworx

“In respect to the measures put in place during this coronavirus crisis, Switzerland is a happy island”

Pascal Trächslin • Distributor, Cineworx

The CEO of the Basel-based production and distribution outfit discusses the current situation of the distribution of European arthouse films in Switzerland  

16 March 2021

Jean Labadie  • Distributor, Le Pacte

“Maybe this crisis won’t be so bad for European and independent distributors”

Jean Labadie • Distributor, Le Pacte

We talked to the CEO of the French company about what makes his country’s market “the healthiest in Europe” for independent film distribution  

11 March 2021

Michael Höfner  • Distributor, GMFilms

“Keep the faith”

Michael Höfner • Distributor, GMFilms

We met up with the founder of the German distribution company to discuss the country’s market and situation during the pandemic  

09 March 2021

At the EFM, a discussion organised by CICAE explored the future of arthouse exhibition

Berlinale 2021 - EFM

At the EFM, a discussion organised by CICAE explored the future of arthouse exhibition

BERLINALE 2021: The panel, entitled “The Evolution of the Arthouse Exhibition”, took place on 3 March during the European Film Market  

08 March 2021

Ignacio Segura  • Distributor, DeAPlaneta

"The pandemic has accelerated the implantation of platforms and VOD releases, but there is nothing like the cinema experience"

Ignacio Segura • Distributor, DeAPlaneta

The general manager of the Spanish firm talks about their editorial policy, the country’s market and the difficulties undergone during the health crisis  

04 March 2021

Thomas Bertacche  • Distributor, Tucker Film

“Our recently-acquired restored movies will have a theatrical release, and we are selling the others to SVOD”

Thomas Bertacche • Distributor, Tucker Film

We had a chat with the co-founder of the Italian distribution company, specialised in European and Asian films  

02 March 2021

Fortnite wraps the first-ever film festival hosted by a video game, Short Nite

Shorts - USA

Fortnite wraps the first-ever film festival hosted by a video game, Short Nite

The free-to-access, 24-hour event showcased 12 animated shorts and reached a potential audience of 350 million players  

23 February 2021

Jakob Abrahamsson • Distributor, NonStop Entertainment

“Cinemas won’t be as cramped with blockbusters, which may mean there is more room for independent releases”

Jakob Abrahamsson • Distributor, NonStop Entertainment

We spoke to the president & CEO of the Swedish distribution company about the complexities of their market and the measures put in place during the pandemic  

16 February 2021

Thomas Verkaeren • Distributor, O’Brother

“We have an incredible line-up ready and we cannot release anything”

Thomas Verkaeren • Distributor, O’Brother

We have met up with the Belgian company's general manager to talk about the Belgian distribution market and its current situation  

09 February 2021

The UK’s Sky TV to ramp up investment in feature films

Industry / Market - UK

The UK’s Sky TV to ramp up investment in feature films

The UK’s largest pay-TV broadcaster will launch 30 new movies this year under the Sky Originals banner, as it looks to compete with streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon  

29 January 2021

Peter Sølvsten Thomsen • Distributor, Angel Films

"This spirit of cooperation is quite a unique feature of our market"

Peter Sølvsten Thomsen • Distributor, Angel Films

We talked to the distributor about film distribution in Denmark and the company's strategy  

28 January 2021

European Short Film Network to launch This Is Short in April

Shorts - Germany/Netherlands/Poland/Austria

European Short Film Network to launch This Is Short in April

Four European short-film festivals are banding together to offer joint online content, including a new competition dubbed New Point of View  

27 January 2021

The 2021 edition of the FÍS TV Summit announces its full schedule

Industry / Market - Ireland

The 2021 edition of the FÍS TV Summit announces its full schedule

Moving to become a digital, free event, the conference will take place from 25-28 January and will host a line-up of prestigious speakers  

21 January 2021

Giancarlo Leone • President, APA – Association of Audiovisual Producers

“A real team effort is needed between cinemas and streaming platforms”

Giancarlo Leone • President, APA – Association of Audiovisual Producers

The chair of the Italian association explains his opinion on the future of film production in relation to the crisis which is changing consumer habits  

15 January 2021

Netflix now the second-largest European TV group after Comcast

Industry / Market - Europe/USA

Netflix now the second-largest European TV group after Comcast

According to the 2020 figures published by Ampere Analysis, the Los Gatos-based streaming giant has overtaken Germany’s pubcaster ARD in terms of revenue  

15 January 2021

There are different ways of experiencing films, but the physical screening is still important, argue panellists at the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema

Industry / Market - France

There are different ways of experiencing films, but the physical screening is still important, argue panellists at the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema

Festival directors Carlo Chatrian, Vanja Kaludjercic and Mickaël Marin talked about “2021 Perspectives for European Festivals” during the online conference  

14 January 2021

Miguel Morales  • Distributor, Wanda Visión

“I think people will slowly go back to theatres”

Miguel Morales • Distributor, Wanda Visión

We talked to the distributor about the landscape of film distribution in Spain and his company's strategy  

12 January 2021

Christian Thomas  • Distributor, Imagine Film

“Auteur cinema is about films that are not ready-made products”

Christian Thomas • Distributor, Imagine Film

We talked to the distributor about the landscape of film distribution in Belgium and the Netherlands, the strategy of his company, and the impact of the pandemic  

07 January 2021

Irini Souganidou and Soli Beraha  • Distributors, Feelgood Entertainment

“We love good films, whether they come from Hollywood or independent studios”

Irini Souganidou and Soli Beraha • Distributors, Feelgood Entertainment

We talked to Soli Beraha and Irini Souganidou of Feelgood Entertainment about the Greek film market and the impact of the pandemic  

22 December 2020

Holger Recktenwald  • Distributor, mindjazz pictures

“Here in Cologne, we are optimistic by nature”

Holger Recktenwald • Distributor, mindjazz pictures

We caught up with Holger Recktenwald, CEO of Cologne-based outfit mindjazz pictures, to talk about the German distribution landscape  

17 December 2020

Gábor Böszörményi  • Distributor, Mozinet

"We try to approach every film differently"

Gábor Böszörményi • Distributor, Mozinet

We talked to Gábor Böszörményi about independent film distribution in Hungary and the strategy of his distribution company Mozinet  

15 December 2020

Oscar Eriksson • Distributor, Folkets Bio

“We’re a content-driven arthouse distributor with a focus on telling new, untold stories from Europe and beyond”

Oscar Eriksson • Distributor, Folkets Bio

We chatted to Folkets Bio’s head of Film Acquisitions, Oscar Eriksson, about the Swedish cinema market and its reaction to the pandemic  

10 December 2020

Jakub Mróz • Distributor, Tongariro Releasing

“We wanted to use popular culture and cinema to bring about some positive changes in society”

Jakub Mróz • Distributor, Tongariro Releasing

We caught up with Jakub Mróz, president of Poland’s Tongariro Releasing, an independent distribution company specialising in LGBT films  

08 December 2020

Richard Mowe • Distributor, CinéFile

"The more interest there is in cinema in general across the board, the better for everyone in the industry"

Richard Mowe • Distributor, CinéFile

Richard Mowe, co-director of CinéFile, tells us about the company’s strategy and its response to the challenges of the pandemic  

03 December 2020

João Paulo Abreu • Distributor, Films4You

“The film business is a people’s business”

João Paulo Abreu • Distributor, Films4You

João Paulo Abreu, managing director of Films4You, tells us about current tendencies in the field of independent distribution in Portugal and the impact of the pandemic  

01 December 2020

Cinemas will survive but they need to adapt, say panelists at the Zagreb Film Festival

Zagreb 2020 - Zagreb Industry

Cinemas will survive but they need to adapt, say panelists at the Zagreb Film Festival

Trying to figure out “How to Protect Cinemas During the Pandemic COVID-19?”, participants of the online panel shared their fears and hopes for the future  

27 November 2020

Sarah Chazelle and Etienne Ollagnier • Distributors, Jour2Fête

“The measures put in place this summer to restart the opening of theatres must be changed”

Sarah Chazelle and Etienne Ollagnier • Distributors, Jour2Fête

Sarah Chazelle and Etienne Ollagnier, founders of Jour2Fête, talk to us about independent distribution in France and its struggle against the pandemic  

26 November 2020

Nuno Bernardo • Producer, beActive Entertainment

“Digital distribution of film and TV programmes became more relevant than ever”

Nuno Bernardo • Producer, beActive Entertainment

We met up with Portuguese producer Nuno Bernardo, one of the experts of the 2020 edition of Erich Pommer Institut’s Digital Distribution workshop  

25 November 2020

Vit Schmarc • Distributor, Artcam Films

“We certainly hope the MEDIA rules will take into consideration the current situation”

Vit Schmarc • Distributor, Artcam Films

We spoke to Vit Schmarc, CEO of Artcam Films, who shared with us some insight on the situation of independent film distribution in the Czech Republic  

24 November 2020

Alessandro Giacobbe • Distributor, Academy Two

“We just have to wait and try to be optimistic because the material is there”

Alessandro Giacobbe • Distributor, Academy Two

Alessandro Giacobbe, Managing Director of Academy Two, broke down for us the main challenges for independent distributors in Italy  

19 November 2020

Daniel Goroshko  • Distributor, A-One Films

“Today distribution companies have zero support in Russia”

Daniel Goroshko • Distributor, A-One Films

We caught up with Daniel Goroshko, Head of Acquisitions and CEO of A-One Films, to discuss the arthouse movie market in Russia  

12 November 2020

Tobias Lehmann  • Distributor, Alamode Film

"The cinemas are completely scared about the future, and the next couple of months will be very tough for distribution"

Tobias Lehmann • Distributor, Alamode Film

Alamode Film's Tobias Lehmann discusses the role of independent distributors, the particularities of Germany and the effects of the COVID pandemic on their business  

10 November 2020

Carole Scotta • Distributor, Haut et Court

“We won’t be able to be alone to face either the studios or the platforms”

Carole Scotta • Distributor, Haut et Court

Carole Scotta, co-founder of Haut et Court and co-president of the Reunited European Independent Distributors (DIRE), analyses the current crisis and evaluates recovery options  

05 November 2020

Stefan Bradea • Distributor, Bad Unicorn

“A cinema ticket is cheaper than a therapy session”

Stefan Bradea • Distributor, Bad Unicorn

Stefan Bradea, co-founder and international acquisitions manager at Romania’s Bad Unicorn, discusses the country’s past and present distribution market  

29 October 2020

Independent distributors claim their cultural role as publishers at Europa Distribution’s panel at MIA

MIA 2020

Independent distributors claim their cultural role as publishers at Europa Distribution’s panel at MIA

Members of the association took this opportunity to discuss their situations and look for the best routes to navigate in these uncertain times  

27 October 2020

Marek Bień • Distributor, Gutek Film

“Poland needs a cinema recovery plan to compensate for box-office losses”

Marek Bień • Distributor, Gutek Film

Marek Bień, distributor at Gutek Film, tells us about the situation of the Polish distribution market during the Covid challenge  

27 October 2020

Luc Besson comes out on top, according to a new update of LUMIERE VOD

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Europe

Luc Besson comes out on top, according to a new update of LUMIERE VOD

According to the EAO’s directory, Luc Besson is the European director with the greatest number of films present on VoD in Europe, with 2001: A Space Odyssey also getting some love  

13 October 2020

Throwback to the 17th CICAE Training programme

Venice 2020 - Venice Production Bridge

Throwback to the 17th CICAE Training programme

The 17th edition of the international training course "Art Cinema = Action + Management" organised by CICAE took place last month, from 31 August to 6 September, on the island of San Servolo in Venice  

10 October 2020

The Zurich Summit asks: can local content save the theatrical business?

Zurich 2020 – ZFF Industry

The Zurich Summit asks: can local content save the theatrical business?

During the event, a group of European distributors and film experts discussed the threats that could potentially kill off cinemas, including the pandemic and the streaming services  

01 October 2020

Hans König  • Distributor, Polyfilm

“Arthouse cinemas in Austria are mainly funded by the federal states and the cities”

Hans König • Distributor, Polyfilm

We spoke to Hans König, Head of Distribution at Polyfilm, who shared with us some of the main traits of the Austrian market for independent film distribution  

29 September 2020

Régine Vial • Distributor, Les Films du Losange

“Human beings will always need films”

Régine Vial • Distributor, Les Films du Losange

We caught up with Régine Vial, Head of Distribution at France’s Les Films du Losange, to discuss the history of the company and the situation of the market in times of pandemic  

22 September 2020

The post-coronavirus challenges facing arthouse exhibitors at the centre of debate in Venice

Venice 2020 - Venice Production Bridge

The post-coronavirus challenges facing arthouse exhibitors at the centre of debate in Venice

The Venice Production Bridge panel entitled “Opportunities and challenges in the Arthouse sector following the pandemic” saw the participation of seven prestigious speakers  

09 September 2020

Antonio Medici • Distributor, Bim Distribuzione

"In a changing world, we have to adapt our policy"

Antonio Medici • Distributor, Bim Distribuzione

Antonio Medici, CEO of Bim Distribuzione, talks about independent distribution in Italy, where the health crisis has accelerated some trends  

08 September 2020

The future of European VoD discussed at Venice Production Bridge

Venice 2020 - Venice Production Bridge

The future of European VoD discussed at Venice Production Bridge

The second day of the initiative hosted a conference entitled “Diverse, independent and sustainable: building European VoD”  

05 September 2020

Ioanna Panagiotidou  • Distributor, Rosebud.21

"It is easier to convince people to go to an open space so Greece has fewer problems"

Ioanna Panagiotidou • Distributor, Rosebud.21

We caught up with Ioanna Panagiotidou, head of distribution at Greek outfit Rosebud.21, to discuss the impact of the COVID pandemic in the territory  

13 August 2020

Hrönn Sveinsdóttir  • Distributor, Bíó Paradís

“There was a big response from the community and Bíó Paradís will be reopening this September”

Hrönn Sveinsdóttir • Distributor, Bíó Paradís

We spoke to Hrönn Sveinsdóttir, managing director of Iceland’s only arthouse cinema Bíó Paradís and its distribution company, about their current situation  

14 July 2020

Laurent Dutoit  • Distributor, Agora Films

“I still don’t see a real VOD market for arthouse films and I believe theatrical will continue leading the way”

Laurent Dutoit • Distributor, Agora Films

We caught up with Laurent Dutoit, of distribution company Agora Films, to discuss the main challenges of the Swiss market and the current situation  

09 July 2020

Emil Simeonov • Distributor, Pro Films

“There has been almost no support for the culture industry in Bulgaria”

Emil Simeonov • Distributor, Pro Films

Emil Simeonov, of Bulgarian distribution company Pro Films, explains to us the situation of the market in their country  

07 July 2020

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