EWA and VOSTOK partnership
The union of the two agencies is based on the partnership program of support and comprehensive distribution of Russian short films.
The Eastwood Agency team presents a catalog of more than 120 short films, cooperates with key world film festivals, and offers a full range of services for preparing films for big screenings. EWA films selections and premieres in 2020 were held at Tribeca Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Odense International Film Festival, Hot Docs, Visions du Réel, Beijing International Film Festival, International Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival.
Vostok Agency is the only Russian short film sales company that has exclusive contracts with a number of international platforms and cooperates with more than 80 international buyers. In 2019, the agency organized the first stand of Russian short films at the Clermont-Ferrand Film Market. Now they are already negotiating about working as representatives at the 2021 Market.
In September 2020, Eastwood Agency and Vostok announced a new initiative to combine film catalogs in order to offer copyright holders an optimized strategy for short films promotion and sales.
Yanna Buryak, CEO of Vostok: "It is important for our agencies that Russian short films stop the survival mode, and finally function according to the international model of financing, promotion, and subsequent distribution so that successful cases and professionalization of the domestic market appear."
Olga Bazhenova, Managing Partner of EWA: "We hope that our partnership will last for more than a year. Our goals and objectives extend far beyond the nearest horizon. The current tasks are joint work in key short film markets, including Torino Short Film Market, American Film Market, MIFA Annecy, Marche Du Film, and Clermont-Ferrand. One of the global goals is the creation of a short film Foundation."
At the end of August, Eastwood Agency and Vostok signed their first joint trilateral agreement for the promotion and distribution of the documentary The Golden Buttons by Alexey Evstigneev, who was honored to be nominated for an Oscar and a European Film Academy Award thanks to his wins at the Krakow International Film Festival.
As a support for authors and studios who find themselves in a rapidly changing professional environment in the conditions of a production lockdown, on September 1, Eastwood Agency and Vostok are launching a short meter competition. The details will be published on our websites and FB pages.
The partnership details are in the PRESENTATION.