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Distributor Profile: The Cinema Guild

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire August 19, 2010 at 7:31AM

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Company History
The Cinema Guild is a distributor of independent, foreign and documentary films.

Some of our recent releases include Agnes Varda’s "The Beach of Agnes," Maren Ade’s "Everyone Else," Andrew Bujalski’s "Beeswax," Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s "Sweetgrass," Claire Denis’ "35 Shots of Rum," Jia Zhang-Ke’s "24 City," Ellen Kuras’ "The Betrayal" and Alexander Sokurov’s "Alexandra."


Company Focus

Types of films in distributor's slate:
Any genre, any type, any subject... As long as we feel passionate about it.

Advice for filmmakers:
Before signing with any consultant or distributor, do the obligatory research -- investigate their history, their releases, speak with other filmmakers, etc. But in the end, you need to be able to trust them, on an almost instinctual level. If that’s not there, don’t sign, and find someone else.


Quick Stats

Who handles acquisitions:
Ryan Krivoshey

Number of films released theatrically each year:
5 - 7

Distribution platforms other than theatrical:
Television, DVD, VOD.

Number of films released exclusively via VOD/DVD or "alternative" means of release:
In addition to our theatrical releases, we release 4-6 titles per year via DVD/VOD. We also release 25-40 documentaries per year on the non-theatrical/educational market.

Number of films acquired at festivals:
We can’t attend all the festivals we’d like, but we follow practically each and every one, big or small, international or regional, and acquire films from all of them.

Festivals where distributor has acquired films in the last two years:
Toronto, Cannes and too many regional festivals to name.

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