Miramax Films is launching the World Film Series, a distribution program that will release at least 10 films each year, primarily foreign-language titles, in the top 20 U.S. markets.
Landmark Theaters, the nation’s largest exhibitor of specialized films with 52 theaters in 17 markets, will serve as the primary exhibition partner for the series, which will be underwritten by corporate sponsors.
Miramax has begun acquiring films for the series, which will include some English-language pics from the United States, United Kingdom and Australia/New Zealand.
The series, which will begin later this year, will be overseen by Agnes Mentre, executive VP of acquisitions and co-productions, and Mark Gill, president of Miramax L.A.
Director of acquisitions Andrew Stengel will oversee day-to-day operations, while Lori Sale, senior VP of worldwide promotions, will oversee promotion of the program.
“(Co-chairman) Bob (Weinstein) and I have loved the excitement of discovering new and interesting films since we were kids,” said Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein. “We hope that this program will invigorate the desire to experience unique films among American audiences.”
Miramax worldwide distribution chairman Rick Sands and Mike Rudnitsky, senior exec VP, distribution, negotiated the agreement with Landmark on behalf of Miramax. Mike McClellan, Landmark VP and co-head film buyer, negotiated for Landmark.
Miramax has received 17 Oscar nominations for best foreign-language film over the past 13 years.