The Open Reel
The Open Reel (Italy) – Sales Agency
The Open Reel was founded in 2012 as an International Sales Agency, aiming to support and develop independent cinema on an international level. The agency wanted to enlarge the visibility of those independents productions not supported by a staff devoted to develop their circulation and their positioning to festivals, events and sales.
Over these years The Open Reel has confirmed its principal vocation in promoting arthouse cinema accompanying established and emerging filmmakers to many important festivals around the world.
In less than one year from its foundation The Open Reel won the Sebastiane Latino Award with Quebranto by Roberto Fiesco (which got also three awards in Guadalajara) at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in 2013, and one year later, at the same festival, The Open Reel presented its first feature film: The Silly Oneas and the Stupid Ones by Roberto Caston in New Directors Competition.
In 2014, the Italian feature film And Then Was evening and Then Was Morning by Emanuele Caruso won the Best Independent Italian Movie of the Year Award.
The Open Reel attended Locarno Film Festival in 2014 with A Young Poet by Damien Manivel (Filmmakers of the present), and White Nights on the Pier by Paul Vecchiali. Then again in 2016, with Il nido by Klaudia Reynicke (Filmmakers of the Present), in 2017 with Gotthard, One Life, One Soul by Kevin Merz (Piazza Grande), and in 2018 with Sunburn by Vicente Alves do Ó, as part of the Work in Progress section. Sunburn was then premiered in Competition at the Tallinn Black Nights.
In 2015, The Open Reel won the Best Short Film Award at Cannes Critics’ Week with Varicella by Fulvio Risuleo and one year later it presented in the same section the short Delusion Is Redemption to Those in Distress by Fellipe Fernandes. In 2016, also The Park by Damien Manivel (Acid) and Le Cancre by Paul Vecchiali (Special Screenings), were part of Cannes.
The Open Reel took part in the Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2015 with The Bear’s Tales by Samuele Sestieri and Olmo Amato (Bright Future Competition). In 2017 and 2018 we were again in Rotterdam with William, The New Judo Master by Ricardo Silva and Omar Guzman (Bright Future Competition), and with The Flower Shop by Ruben Desiere (Bright Future Competition).
With a penchant for documentaries The Open Reel reached, among others, the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival in 2016 with In California (which had its world premiere at IDFA) by Charles Redon (Stories to Tell), and again in 2017 with Upon the Shadow by Nada Mezni Hafaeidh (Human Rights), and, always in 2017, the DOK Leipzig with Paulistas by Daniel Nolasco (Next Masters Competition).
At this last Festival, The Open Reel got another award in 2018 with Cinema Morocco, by Ricardo Calil, also winner of Guadalajara and It’s All True festivals. Always in 2018, Figures by Eugenio Canevari competed in San Sebastian.
In 2018, The Open Reel also promoted Thirty Souls by Diana Toucedo, part of the Berlinale selection (Panorama). In the 2019, two titles were selected at the same Festival: Querencia, by Helvecio Marins Jr. (Forum), also winner of the Jeonju IFF and Brief Story from the Green Planet (Panorama), by Santiago Loza, winner of two Teddy Awards and awarded in other several film festivals, including Sitges IFF and BAFICI. This last title has been also part of the Acid selection at Cannes 2019.
The 2019 was also significant for the debuts of Jaione Camborda, with her first feature Arima, awarded at the Seville EFF (New Waves) and João Maia, with the huge success of his feature Variações. Furthermore, Andrea Adriatico released is feature film Bitter Years, on the life of gay intellectual and activist Mario Mieli.
In 2020, Dry Wind by Daniel Nolasco was selected at the Berlinale, in the Panorama section and first feature Coalesce by Jessé Miceli was part of the Cannes Acid and of the Busan International Film Festival. Documentary Tierra Adentro-Inland by Mauro Colombo had its European premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and Argentine We Will Never Die by Eduardo Crespo competed in San Sebastian.
Short film Panthers by Erika Sanchez Marcos was part of the Berlinale Generation and short film J’ador by Simone Bozzelli won the Venice Critics’ Week in its section. Other titles were also successfully premiered: A Stormy Night (Malaga IFF) by David Moragas and Asphalt Goddess by Julián Hernández (Morelia, La Havana).
The 2021 marks the world premieres of our titles That Weekend at the San Sebastian Film Festival and 15 Hours and Leading Ladies at the Malaga International Film Festival. Feature film Coalesce had the chance to be re-presented on-site at the Cannes Acid section during the Cannes Film Festival, due to its only online version happened in 2021. Boy Meets Boy scored multiple sales and festival screenings around the globe, including Molodist Kiev, where it was awarded in the Sunny Bunny Competition. Other prestigious world premiere happened for El Fulgor (Mannheim International Film Festival, Best Documentary at the Rome RIFF Film Festival), The Red Tree and What Went Wrong? (both in Competition at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival), Passion (CPH: Copenhagen, Seville EFF, FNC Montréal) and What We Know (Goa International Film Festival of India).
Among shorts Playtime by Simone Bozzelli had its debut in Locarno and won the Turin Film Festival and our short production It’s Just in My Head, by Marius Gabriel Stancu, had great results in terms of sales and distribution and participated at about 40 film festivals, including Capri-Hollywood and San Francisco Frameline.
Today, The Open Reel portfolio includes award-winning features from Europe, MENA Region, Latin and North America.
The Open Reel is also focused in distributing in the Italian territory independent operas, through the VOD platform www.theopenreel.it
The Open Reel (Italy) – Production Company
The Open Reel is also active on a production level, supporting upcoming projects or still in post-production.
As a producer, The Open Reel co-produced the shorts An Afterthought by Matteo Bernardini (Torino Piemonte Film Commission fund), Studio and The Riddle by Francesco Dongiovanni. Both titles were selected at the Torino Film Festival.
Also, The Open Reel was the associate producer of short film Xavier by Ricky Mastro and the executive producer of the Italian/Brazil/US short title Just Past Noon on a Tuesday by Travis Mathews.
The Open Reel has also co-produced the first feature film directed by Ricky Mastro, 7 minutes, that was already selected to be part of Sofia Meetings (Work in Progress) during Sofia International Film Festival in 2019.
In December2020, our short production It’s Just un My Head, directed by Marius Gabriel Stancu was premiered at the Rome RIFF and Capri, Hollywood and got several selections and achievements soon after.