Efe Çakarel
Courtesy of MUBI
Turkey United Kingdom
2022

MUBI

Efe
Çakarel

Founder / CEO

Çakarel’s ambition is to build MUBI, which started as a niche VOD service circa 2007, into a studio on par with the likes of Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures in 10 years. Whether or not he’ll get there is open to question, but he’s sure been making moves in that direction, buying the production and international sales company the Match Factory in January and acquiring and licensing more than 2,000 films through 400-plus deals over a recent 12-month period, including “Alcarràs” and “Decision to Leave,” the 2023 Oscar entries from Spain and South Korea, respectively. The company has grown from 90 employees to over 260 since the start of 2021, while its streaming service experienced 80% subscriber growth. MUBI is also spearheading original co-productions including “One Fine Morning,” starring Léa Seydoux, and “Memory,” with Jessica Chastain.

Career

  • MUBI
  • PORT AUTHORITY
  • FAREWELL AMOR

Education

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA, USA)
  • Stanford University (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2021 Variety500 Honoree
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Mubi Drops New Trailer to Spain’s Oscar Entry ‘Alcarràs’ Ahead of Its U.S. Release (EXCLUSIVE)

Mubi Drops New Trailer to Spain’s Oscar Entry ‘Alcarràs’ Ahead of Its U.S. Release (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety has been given exclusive access to MUBI’s newly cut trailer for writer-director Carla Simón’s “Alcarrás,” Spain’s Oscar entry, which is scheduled to open on Jan. 6 at the Lincoln Center and Quad Cinema in New York. The 2022 Berlin Golden Bear winner was picked up by MUBI earlier in the year and is also opening in the U.K. on the same date.Produced by Maria Zamora, Stefan Schmitz and Tono Folguera, Simon’s follow up to “Summer 1993,” which itself won Berlin’s 2017...

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