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The end of the Seville Films raises concerns

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The closure of the distribution division in the Seville Films hall is causing a lot of concern in the Quebec cinema community on Wednesday.

• On the other hand: Seville Films ceases operations

One of the largest film distributors in Quebec, the company Les Films Sevilla confirms that it will stop distributing theatrical activities. Several employees of this subsidiary of the giant Entertainment One learned the same day that they were losing their jobs.

In the aftermath of this announcement, which created a shock wave in the industry, several industry stakeholders are wondering what will happen to the company’s huge catalog of films, which include several major Quebec cinema successes of recent years. don’t mom, 1991, mafia inc. and mentor.

“Of course it worries me, producer André Rouleau told the Journal (starbucks, funkytown). I have several films with them and I don’t want the catalog to be managed all hook.”

Predictable?

The distributor Louis Dussault, of the club K-Films America, believes for his part that the sinking of Seville Films is “predictable after 10 years”.

“We have been saying for 10 years that it was a big mistake to leave national distribution in the hands of a foreign company (Entertainment One), he laments. Institutions (SODEC, Telefilm Canada) have Let that pass, what will happen to the films of Xavier Dolan, our national treasure, most of which have been distributed by Seville?

In an interview with TVA Nouvelles on Wednesday, producer Denise Robert (The Barbarian Invasions, From time to time) to tell him how much the disappearance of a major player in Quebec distribution affects upcoming local productions.

“Seville was very important for the influence of our cinematography, underlined the renowned producer. I find that very disturbing because we go back about ten years, we had five or six big distribution boxes, plus most of them have closed their doors. There remained Seville which had the means and the reins [assez solides] to make large assortments of films. We have good companies that work very hard, the more we lack resources. I think that what is important for the influence of our cinema is to have the capacity to launch films with significant means.

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