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Europa Distribution to discuss the distribution of documentaries at IDFA

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- The network will hold a workshop from 24-26 November at the Dutch festival, which will include a case study on Artemio Benki's documentary Solo

Europa Distribution to discuss the distribution of documentaries at IDFA
Solo by Artemio Benki

For the second time, Europa Distribution will be at the IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam where it will hold a workshop dedicated to the distribution of documentaries. From 24-26 November, around 20 independent distributors, all members of the European network, will participate in an open panel and a closed session of discussion organised in collaboration with IDFA as part of their industry programme.

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On Monday, 25 November (from 10.00 to 11.30 at the Brakke Grond cultural center), the public panel “Solo, a one-man-band story and case study” will explore the creation, the production and the distribution of Solo [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Artemio Benki
film profile
]
, a documentary on the life and struggle with the mental disease of Martín Perino, an Argentinian pianist. We will be guided through this journey by Czech producer Petra Oplatkova (Sirena Film, Artcam Films), who has worked with the director, producer and distributor Artemio Benki to bring this film to life following each single step of the film value chain. The panel will be thus an opportunity to have an in-depth perspective of the life cycle of a film, recognising the relevance of all the elements that allow a film to exist and circulate. Together with Artemio, Italy's Manuela Buono (Slingshot Films), the international sales agent of Solo, will help the attendees understanding how such a film can be brought to the international audience. The panel discussion will be moderated by Germany's Mathias Noschis (Alphapanda).

Europa Distribution members will then hold a closed workshop session on Tuesday 26 November. At this occasion, Julia van Berlo (Cinéart, the Netherlands), Jana Trnková (Aerofilms, Czech Republic), Mika Siltala (Cinemamondo, Finland), Nille Stormoen (Arthaus, Norway), Huub Roelvink (Cherry Pickers, the Netherlands), Michael Höfner (Gmfilms, Germany), Jennifer Jones (mindjazz pictures, Germany), Daan Vermeulen (Cinema Delicatessen, the Netherlands) and Kim Foss (Camera Film, Denmark) will share their experience regarding documentary promotion and releases through the analysis of concrete examples and case studieson the following films: Tijs Tinbergen and Jan Musch's Veearts Maaike (Netherlands), Asif Kapadia's Diego Maradona [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Asif Kapadia
film profile
]
(UK), Emma Davie and Peter Mettler's Becoming Animal [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(UK/Switzerland), Tamer Jandali's Easy Love (Germany), Daniel Rosenfeld's Piazzolla, the Years of the Shark [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(France/Argentina), Alan Elliott and Sydney Pollack's Amazing Grace (USA) and Ryan White's Ask Dr. Ruth (USA). Attending distributors will also participate in the IDFA activities, including works in progress and special screenings, meetings and networking events.

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