Laura Austin-Little, an EFM veteran, is heading again to Berlin, this time with brand-new firm Black Bear Worldwide, the extension of Teddy Schwarzman’s production-finance outfit that was introduced out of the 2022 Cannes Movie Competition.
The manager vp, worldwide gross sales, who joined the corporate from STX, is heading to the primary in-person EFM in three years armed with a slate that features Man Ritchie’s The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare and Nicolas Cage horror Longlegs.
Previous to touching down in Germany, Austin-Little mentioned what she is most trying ahead to concerning the in-person EFM and her “refuge” on the highest ground of the Hyatt.
What’s your frame of mind heading into the European Movie Market?
It’s the primary market of the 12 months, so I are usually extra bright-eyed and bushy-tailed than at markets later within the 12 months. That is the primary Berlin market in three years due to the pandemic, so I’m excited to return to the town. Coming into this market, Black Bear Worldwide is a brand new firm, so this will probably be our first EFM, and the acquisition urge for food among the many mixture of independents, studios and streamers is robust, so I feel that may add as much as a optimistic expertise, hopefully.
What have you ever missed most concerning the bodily markets?
That is such a relationship-driven enterprise so I’ve missed seeing a few of my shut buddies who I’ve at markets over time. All of us stay in numerous nations. I not often get to see them exterior of the market.
What have you ever missed most concerning the in-person Berlin market particularly?
It’s not a lot regarding the enterprise facet of issues, however Berlin for me is a superb metropolis with such a wealthy historical past. Once I was youthful I used to tag an additional day on the top of the market to go to the historic websites just like the Holocaust memorial. The place the EFM is positioned we’re surrounded by so many landmarks and I nonetheless discover that fascinating that the wall that divided East from West [Germany] runs straight by means of the place we at present maintain EFM. I’m a historian at coronary heart.
What’s been your finest and worst expertise with the digital markets of the previous three years?Beginning with the great, I used to be definitely more energizing each day with out the countless drinks, dinners, events and socializing — all the issues that have been part of each market expertise and go away you frazzled by the top of the market. I additionally missed that, as nicely. However from a destructive standpoint, the digital markets made it tougher to generate a aggressive surroundings the identical as a bodily market does when everyone seems to be on the bottom and the thought is you need to end negotiations earlier than everybody leaves.
What has modified about the way you do enterprise?
By way of the precise enterprise itself, in the course of the pandemic that hiatus accelerated a change that expertise had already shifted from content material being king to the buyer being king. From a enterprise perspective, there are not any elevated shops for content material, and the demand has by no means been more healthy. In the end, we need to the studios, that are going from a interval of adaption and experimentation in regard to distribution fashions and windowing. We simply should be prepared to adapt and theatrical distributors should be prepared to adapt.
What’s your favourite, only-in-Berlin second from bodily festivals/markets previous?
Berlin, from my expertise, has many eating places and evening spots that you simply don’t count on from the façade. I’ve gone down some unusual alleys to find stylish, hip little locations. I even as soon as discover myself in the course of an underground rave with a Latin American distributor that we inadvertently occurred upon. One thing about Berlin is you possibly can count on the surprising.
What’s the very first thing you’ll do after touchdown in Berlin for EFM 2023?
Straight into some pre-EFM calls after which a Black Bear Worldwide workforce dinner to spice up morale and to prepare for per week of chaos.
What restaurant or bar have you ever missed?
They aren’t discoveries, however Grill Royale and my favourite Japanese spot Ryōtei. They’re all a little bit of a scene in the course of the market, however I like them and I hope they’re nonetheless there.
Finest place to get away from the fest frenzy?
I wish to refuge on the high of the Hyatt lodge when your complete ground is transformed right into a fitness center space. I wish to detox and destress within the steam room they’ve there within the morning earlier than inevitably re-toxing later that evening.
One factor you gained’t journey with out, apart from your telephone?
My exercise garments. My solely method of destressing is being within the fitness center at 7 a.m.
Most fascinating celeb encounter in Berlin?
Not naming any names. Final Berlin, I used to be having dinner at Ryōtei with an Italian distributor and a few buddies and I noticed the lead actor of the motion movie that I simply launched was consuming there along with his agent, and my pal actually wished an introduction. We went as much as say hello, and we thought it could be a short “hello and bye,” however he was so welcoming that he invited us to affix him.