LONDON — Sofia Neves has joined international sales and film financing company WestEnd Films as director of sales, and will attend next month’s European Film Market in Berlin. Neves previously worked with WestEnd co-founders Eve Schoukroun, Maya Amsellem and Sharon Harel-Cohen at Capitol Films.
Neves started her career with producer Paulo Branco. In 2005 she joined the sales department of Capitol Films, run by Jane Barclay and Sharon Harel, and then moved to HanWay Films in 2008, run by Jeremy Thomas and Tim Haslam, as director of sales and distribution. In 2014, she took on the role of distribution analyst at the production finance department of the British Film Institute’s Film Fund.
During her sales career, Neves has handled titles like Nick Cassavettes’ “Alpha Dog,” Sidney Lumet’s “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” Robert Altman’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” John Maybury’s “The Edge of Love,” Sam Taylor-Johnson’s “Nowhere Boy,” Steve McQueen’s “Shame,” Wim Wender’s “Pina,” David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method” and Nigel Cole’s “Made in Dagenham.”
“We’re delighted to welcome Sofia to the WestEnd team and renew our collaboration with her. Sofia has an extensive knowledge of the business and a valuable network that will make a significant contribution to WestEnd’s sales activity,” Amsellem said.
“I am delighted to be joining WestEnd Films, which has quickly grown into one of the most ambitious and exciting sales and finance outfits in the industry. It will be a pleasure to be working again with Eve, Maya and Sharon, and together taking the company to the next level. We have a great slate of titles lined up for this year, and I’m looking forward to start talking to buyers about it,” Neves said.
WestEnd’s lineup includes “Una,” starring Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn, “Shepherds and Butchers,” starring Steve Coogan and Andrea Riseborough, and “Dancer,” a documentary about ballet superstar Sergei Polunin by Steven Cantor.