Duel or Partnership? The Future of Theatrical and Digital Film Distribution VOD

  • Independent Cinema
  • 60min
  • Industry Programme
  • 2020

This is the on-demand recording of the panel, to watch live on the 30 October please click here.

The future of the big screen features a big question mark.

Experts from across theatrical and streaming landscapes discuss the dynamic relationship between physical and digital movie-going and distribution. Exploring current trends emerging from lockdown, our experts also debate the possibility of a sustainable, financially solvent distribution model for independent cinema.

Speakers: Jack Bell, Director of Theatrical Sales, Park Circus; Allison Gardner, CEO, Glasgow Film; Damian Spandley, Directory of Programme and Distribution Sales, CURZON; Rishi Kapoor, Founder and CEO, Paus TV

Hosted by Marta Brodzinska

About the Speakers:

Jack Bell:

I have worked at Park Circus for 9 years overseeing the company’s theatrical sales operation, working as Director of Theatrical Sales. Working with over 100 countries worldwide, we ensure theatrical distribution for many of the greatest films ever made, representing all the major Hollywood studios. Every day I work with programmers of festivals and cinemas around the world who share the same passion as me – seeing films back on the big screen. There’s nothing better.

Allison Gardner:

Allison Gardner is CEO at Glasgow Film. What began as a single screen cinema over 40 years ago has become Scotland’s most diverse and best publicly attended independent cinema in Scotland, with Glasgow Film Festival one of the top three film festivals in the UK.

Glasgow Film is a national centre for film and moving image media where audiences and filmmakers experience and debate cultural practice and ideas through diverse, unique and quality programmes that transform the way people see the world, through film.

Damian Spandley:

As Director of Programme & Distribution Sales, Damian’s role at BAFTA-winning Curzon crosses all three divisions of their fully integrated cinema, distribution and on demand business. His programming team oversees the acquisition of films, events and alternative content across the Curzon circuit of cinemas and digital cinema platform Curzon Home Cinema.

Damian also runs the distribution teams that manage the release of Curzon’s critically acclaimed and award-winning world cinema titles into cinemas nationwide and across VOD platforms in the UK and Ireland; and that sell into subscription TV, on demand platforms and home entertainment retailers. Previously Damian was an independent distributor for almost ten years, at The Works UK and Metrodome, as a film salesman before heading up theatrical, TV and new media divisions. In his early career, he worked as a projectionist, cinema manager and for Picturehouse Cinemas as senior programmer.

Rishi Kapoor:

Rishi Kapoor is an experienced professional in digital film distribution both UK and Internationally, a former executive at Sony Pictures, Universal Studios, Warner Bros. and Disney. After many years working on distribution deals with Netflix, Amazon and Apple, he turned his attention to the niche film space, supporting independent filmmakers at paus.tv.

About the Host:

Marta Brodzinska has worked across the film industry in France and the UK. She is a marketing & PR specialist connecting audiences with high profile and arthouse film and television with past projects including The Shape of Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Isle of Dogs and The Little Drummer Girl.

She has previously programmed independent films for OCS France and managed film acquisitions and sales activity for film festivals including the London Film Festival and East End Film Festival. In addition, Marta regularly serves as part of film selection committees and produces industry events for film organisations. She is this year’s Raindance Film Festival Industry Producer.