LOVERS GOES INDUSTRY 2022
LGBTQI+ movies and the distribution landscape
The new (and old) distribution opportunities for LGBTQI+ movies in an ever-changing environment.
Eddie Bertozzi holds a Ph.D. in Film Studies from SOAS, University of London. He works in film distribution since 2014 and is currently in charge of acquisitions and marketing for Italian distribution company Academy Two. He served as Program Manager of the Venice Critics' Week (Venice Film Festival) from 2009 to 2020, and is a programmer at Filmmaker Festival in Milan since 2017. In 2021 he joined the Locarno Film Festival in the capacity of Head of Pardi di domani Selection Committee and Advisor for the competitive sections. He is a member of SNCCI (Union of Italian Film Critics) and EFA.
Pavel Bicek has been a team member of the Mezipatra Queer Film Festival (Czech Republic) since 2011. During this time, he performed the roles of production and festival manager, and he became the festival director in 2015. At Mezipatra, Pavel started an annual program focused on queer film industry from the east and the west, and in 2019 he founded the distribution brand Queer Kino. He previously gained experiences at Karlovy Vary IFF and One World IDFF.
Mezipatra QFF is the largest queer film festival in central and eastern Europe. Queer Kino has presented 8 films theatrically so far, and more films in VOD distribution.
Christophe Mercier is a London-based consultant in international film distribution and marketing. After seven years working in film production between France and Switzerland, from 1997 he worked as Manager of International Distribution at UPI/PolyGram. In 2003-04, he managed Indie Circle, the union of five independent European distributors. In 2004-06, he was Vice President Speciality Films at Warner Independent Pictures. From 2006-19 he worked at 20th Century Fox International as Vice President Fox Searchlight Europe, managing the label’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa strategy. Today as a festival programmer, he co-programs Dinard Festival of British Cinema and scouts for English-speaking films for the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes among other film consultancies.
Born in 1973, Cosimo Santoro is a distributor, producer, festival programmer and film critic. As a Festival programmer, he has worked for several Italian and foreign events, including the Turin LGBT Film Festival (2003-2009). In 2013, he has launched the world sales agency The Open Reel, promoting feature films, shorts and documentaries of all kinds of genre, but with a particular attention to the new expressions of Queer Cinema. The Open Reel has also become a Distributor company in the Italian territory in 2014, through its VOD platform www.theopenreel.it, and a production company in 2017.