Distribution Coup for Former Arts Editor Film Business

One of the founders of Scotland on Sunday newspaper has won a major coup for his film distribution business.

Richard Mowe, who is a director of CineFile and was the arts editor at the paper for over ten years until about 15 years ago, has agreed a partnership with a new initiative that seeks to publicise and distribute debut films from up and coming directors.

The new scheme, Eye on Film (EoF), is a network of 30 film festivals and distributors that aim to work together to “definitively enhance the cinematographic diversity, promote debute films, and highlight emerging authors”.

Mowe has extensive experience as a film critic and commentator, and for almost 20 years has directed both the UK-based French and Italian film festivals.

The collaboration with EoF is launching at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival – opening today – with the UK premiere of Oliver Sherman, a Canadian independent feature directed by Ryan Redford, which CinéFile will release in the UK and Ireland later in the year.

In a statement issued the Edinburgh-based CineFile, head of acquisitions, Ilona Morison, is quoted, saying: “We’re delighted to be part of this exciting new venture which is very much in line with out company ideals about discovering new talent away from the mainstream.

“After its Edinburgh and Galway premieres we are looking forward to working on the film’s release later in the year and also to future tie-ups with Eye on Films.”

The 65th Edinburgh International Film Festival runs until a week on Sunday.