EFP's "Up Next" reunites distributors in Sofia

By FNE Staff

    "European Distributors: Up Next!", launched by European Film Promotion at the San Sebastian festival last September, has spawned a planned reunion of independent Central European distributors during the Sofia Meetings, March 12-15.

    The follow-up meeting and discussion on cooperation toward expanded distribution of European films was initiated by "Up Next" participant Stefan Kitanov, director of the Sofia Film Festival and film distributor through Art Fest Ltd.

    All ten of the original participants have been invited to the Sofia discussion. The companies represented include Film Distribution Artcam (Czech Republic), AS Tallinnfilm / Kino Sopru (Estonia), Cirko Film - Másképp Foundation (Hungary), Acme Film (Latvia), Cinema Center SKALVIJA (Lithuania), Gutek Film (Poland), Transilvania Film (Romania), Continental Film (Slovak Republic), and Cankarjev dom (Slovenia).

    Polish distributor Jakub Duszyński of Gutek Film said, "I'm very inspired to meet my colleagues again in Sofia to follow up current issues and maybe even team up for the pan-European distribution of selected arthouse films."

    "European Distributors: Up Next!" is supprted by the MEDIA Programme of the EU.