San Sebastian Film Festival and EFP provide forum for European distributors

Press releases 2010-09-02
European Film Promotion announces participants 2010

The majority of exciting films made in Europe still can't be seen in cinemas outside of their home countries. With the programme "European Distributors: Up Next!", European Film Promotion (EFP) and the San Sebastian International Film Festival raise the issue of how to promote the circulation of European films and see them cross borders. In the third edition of the two-day-event running on September 20 and 21 during the festival in San Sebastian, ten independent distributors from ten different European countries will discuss the potential of new technical formats, social community platforms and business models. Experts from the film industry are being invited to lead the discussions (see list of participating distributors further below).
The participants, who come from Austria, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, have films like The Milk of Sorrow by Claudia Llosa, Brothers by Susanne Bier or Empties by Jan Sverák in their international portfolio and have been selected by the associated EFP members and the festival. The initiative is financially supported by the MEDIA programme of the EU.
"Distribution these days is confronted by enormous changes", says Renate Rose, managing director of EFP. "It is a great challenge deciding which will be the successful way of distribution for the future and how to improve international circulation. EFP sees the need to support the discourse among these professionals who must operate with creativity, courage and sensibility in order to strengthen their position in a complex market dominated by the major studios."
"European Distributors: Up Next!" offers various networking opportunities and platforms for the exchange of experiences and ideas. Variety editor John Hopewell will moderate a roundtable on the distribution situation in the different countries in the light of national particularities. Another panel will focus on the role of film festivals in this context. International sales agents and other film professionals are invited to join selected seminars.
The programme also includes a seminar focussing on the expectations and experiences regarding new media in distribution and is also supported by Europa Distribution.

Selected "European Distributors: Up Next!" 2010
Austria, Michael Stejskal, Filmladen Filmverleih GmbH
Croatia, Martin Milinković, Continental Film d.o.o.
Denmark, Line Daugbjerg Christensen, Øst for Paradis
France, Didier Costet, Swift Distribution
Germany, Torsten Frehse, Neue Visionen Filmverleih GmbH
Greece, Irini Souganidou, Feelgood Entertainment A.E.
Italy, Simona Calcagni, Bolero Film
Sweden, Katrina Mathsson, Folkets Bio
Switzerland, Bea Cuttat, Look Now! Filmverleih
United Kingdom, Oli Harbottle, Dogwoof

The EFP member organizations associated with the initiative are:
Austrian Film Commission, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Danish Film Institute, Unifrance, German Films, Greek Film Centre, Cinecittà Luce-Filmitalia, Swedish Film Institute, Swiss Films, British Council.
Contact European Film Promotion
Jo Mühlberger (General enquiries)
Project Director
phone +49 40- 390 6252
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Head of Press
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Contact San Sebastian International Film Festival
Saioa Riba (General enquiries)
Head of the Industry Club
Phone +34 943- 48 12 17
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Head of Foreign Press
Phone +34 943- 48 12 12
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EFP is supported by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union and its member organisations. In addition, promotion and PR activities are backed by the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l'image animée (CNC). "European Distributors: Up Next!", moreover, is supported by the San Sebastian International Film Festival and Variety. The Hamburg-based office is financially supported by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Department for Culture, Sports and Media of the City of Hamburg.

with the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union