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 wants 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 Sebatiane 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: “Los tontos y los estupidos” by Roberto Caston in New Directors Competition. The return in 2018 with “Figuras” by Eugenio Canevari (Horizontes Latinos Competition, already work in progress at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival).
In 2014 its Italian feature film “E fu sera e fu mattina” by Emanuele Caruso won the Best Independent Italian Movie of the Year Award.
The Open Reel attended Locarno Film Festival in 2014 with “Un jeune poet” by Damien Manivel (Filmmakers of the present), and “White Nights on the Pier” by Paul Vecchiali. In 2016, with “Il nido” by Klaudia Reynicke (Filmmakers of the Present), and again in 2017 with “Gotthard, One Life, One Soul” by Kevin Merz (Piazza Grande). In 2018 the represented title “Sunburn” was part of the Work in Progress section, devoted to Portugal.
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 at Cannes: “O Delírio é redenção dos aflitos” by Fellipe Fernandes (Cannes Critics’ Week – Short Film Competition), “Le Parc” by Damien Manivel (Cannes Acid 2016 – Official Selection) and “Le Cancre” by Paul Vecchiali (69th Cannes Film Festival – Special Screenings).
The Open Reel took part in the Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2015 with “I racconti dell’orso” by Samuele Sestieri and Olmo Amato (Bright Future Competition). In 2017 with “William, el nuevo maestro del judo” by Ricardo Silva and Omar Guzman (Bright Future Competition), and again in 2018 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 Nadha M. Hafaeidh (Human Rights), and in 2017 the DOK Leipzig 2017 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.
In 2018, The Open Reel promoted “Trinta lumes” by Diana Toucedo at the Berlinale (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, and winner of two Teddy Awards), awarded also in other several festivals, including Sitges IFF and BAFICI. This last title has been also part of the Acid selection in Cannes 2019.
The 2019 was al also the year of the victory at Guadalajara IFF (Docs Ibero American Competition) of documentary Cinema Morocco by Ricardo Calil and of the debut of Jaione Camborda, with her first feature Arima, awarded at the Seville EFF (New Waves).
At this point The Open Reel portfolio includes award-winning features from Europe, 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 (selected at about 100 festivals and sold to several countries), and the executive producer of the Italian/Brazil/US title “Just Past Noon on a Tuesday” by Travis Mathews.
The Open Reel is currently co-producing 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 this year.