Dutch industry veteran San Fu Maltha of Fu Works has partnered with Bruno Felix and Femke Wolting of Amsterdam-based Submarine Films to launch a new distribution company.
Details of the company, named Periscope, were revealed during the Holland Film Meeting in Utrecht.
The new outfit has already made several acquisitions, the first of which is Crystal Moselle’s The Wolfpack, acquired from Magnolia.
Other acquisitions include animation Long Way North, sold by Urban Distribution; Amy Berg’s Janis Joplin documentary, Janis: Little Girl Blue, sold by Content; and French animation Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy, from Michel Gondry and Noam Chomsky.
Both Fu Works and Submarine are among the most active production companies in the Netherlands and recently partnered to produce Peter Greenaway’s Eisenstein In Guanajuato.
Felix confirmed that Periscope is likely to distribute some of the films that Fu Works and Submarine produces and the company may also look to expand beyond the Netherlands and release its titles in Belgium as well.
Periscope surfaces in the Netherlands at a time when long-established Dutch company A-Film, co-founded by Maltha, is teetering on the verge of closure.
But Maltha emphasised that Periscope will not be “another A-Film,” and he will be hunting “the little gems” other Benelux distributors have overlooked.