Sometimes you get a press release that just makes sense.
Well, today is such a day. Dov Kornits and Lou Balletti are branching out from the realm of the magazine origins of Filmink and the subsequent online presence and pushing into the local film scene in a new, exciting way. Yep. Filmink Presents is now a definite thing.
Earlier in 2019, Filmink Presents pushed out the excellent contemplative zombie flick, The Night Eats the World. It was a superb film that helped set the tone of what will come from Filmink Presents – smart, independent, unique cinema.
It excites me to no end to see Lucy Coleman’s Hot Mess getting pushed out through Filmink Presents. And I’m more than eager to see what else comes from this exciting development.
Check out the rest of the press release below.
With thirty-plus years of experience on the
local film scene, Dov Kornits and Lou Balletti have joined forces on Filmink
Presents, an exciting new initiative that will get a host of fascinating films
right where they belong…on a pathway to audiences.
landscape has shifted radically in the last five years,” says Filmink Presents Co-Director
Dov Kornits. “With the mainstream popularity of streaming, the game hasn’t just
changed, it’s almost completely different. But there’s something that hasn’t
changed: people still love good quality content, and with Filmink Presents,
we’re going to bring it to them where they are consuming this content.”
As the publisher of Australia’s
longest running and much loved movie magazine and website, FilmInk – which has
been consistently punching above its weight for over 25 years, surviving a
cavalcade of challenges along the way – Dov Kornits has long had his finger on
the pulse of exactly what audiences want from the cinema experience. As the
former Head of Theatrical for Umbrella Entertainment,
and after working with distributors Label, Bonsai, Universal and Athabasca on releasing
their films in cinemas, he also knows how to get the right films to those
On the new content distribution company
Filmink Presents, Dov Kornits is joined by another veteran of the Australian
film scene. Filmink Presents Co-Director Lou Balletti is a specialist in the
digital and broadcast sectors, having headed up the digital sales division
across Australia and New Zealand for global giant Entertainment One. With
over 20 years’ experience in the movie industry, Lou established her career
working in cinema exhibition before transitioning to the distribution side of
the business and heading up theatrical sales for Hopscotch Films.
“I’ve worked on some great titles over the
years, ranging from Peppa Pig, Vice,
Green Book right through to The
Walking Dead, but I’m really, really excited about the films that we’ve got
lined up for Filmink Presents,” says Lou Balletti.
After a soft launch earlier in 2019 with Kelly’s Hollywood and Night Eats The World, the company will
flout both tradition and superstition
by kicking off officially on Friday The 13th (December, that is)
with a very special one-night-only showing of the appropriately ghoulish documentary,
Wrinkles The Clown. “If you thought
Pennywise was scary, wait until you see this guy…and he’s real,” laughs Kornits
of the film, which digs deep into the titular online viral sensation in a
manner not unlike cult film, Catfish.
This will be followed in 2020 by an equally
compelling crop of films: Talking About
Trees (an audience winner at The Berlin and Istanbul Film Festivals); the
ingenious and highly contemporary Aussie comedy Hot Mess; the stylish and envelope-pushing Aussie noir Burning Kiss; acclaimed documentarian
Julian Shaw’s Use Me, a highly
personal tale of sex, lies and money; The
Swallows Of Kabul (which has been shortlisted for a Best Animation Oscar);
the chilling local thriller Sweet River;
and Romance On The Menu, helmed by
actress turned filmmaker Rosie Lourde.
With an emphasis on innovative content
which targets specific audiences, Filmink Presents has established an effective
one-stop-shop for content creators looking for a pathway to audiences. Complete
with an established media arm filmink.com.au, Filmink Presents is partnering
with local and international producers and content owners to generate effective
releases across all platforms, identifying clear and effective strategies to
maximise viewership. “It’s an exciting time for the business, and we’re thrilled
to be right in the middle of it,” says Lou Balletti.
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