Founded in 1970 by Michel Freudenstein and Roberto Di Girolamo, Filmexport Group are by far the oldest worldwide distribution company in Italy, and one of the oldest in Europe as well, with 30 years of constant activity. Since 1996, the year Michel Freudenstein retired, the company have been directed by President and CEO Roberto Di Girolamo. Filmexport joined IFTA (Indipendent Film & Television Alliance), formerly known as AFMA, in the early 80's and are also members of UNEFA, the Union of Italian Film and Audiovisual Exporters and EFEA (European Film Export Association).
Filmexport's main focus is on the worldwide licensing of feature films, series and documentaries for all rights and media. Many among the best independent Italian producers are represented by us in exclusivity. Our library, which is in constant growth, is offering today a broad but well-balanced portfolio of feature films of all genres, TV-movies, series and animation. Our choice of Italian classics is particularly rich, with features by directors such as Dino Risi, Ettore Scola, Luigi Comencini, Marco Ferreri, Sergio Corbucci, Dario Argento, Nanni Moretti, Pupi Avati, Tinto Brass, Massimo Troisi, Salvatore Samperi, Marco Bellocchio and many others, featuring actors like Marcello Mastroianni, Vittorio Gassman, Giancarlo Giannini, Ugo Tognazzi, Monica Vitti, Stefania Sandrelli, Ornella Muti, Sophia Loren, Monica Bellucci to name only a few.
These are pictures with an international appeal, that have marked the history of cinema and are still very successful all over the world. In the years since it was founded, Filmexport Group have fulfilled more than 35,000 licence agreements with clients from all over the world. We have had, of course, a long term relationship with many of them, which occasionally has developed into a good friendship. From marketing, to sales, servicing, deliveries and accounting, all aspects of the international program sales are handled by in-house executives, a staff which is considered to be one of the best in the Italian business. We regularly attend major international film and television markets, such as the AFM (American Film Market), Berlin Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, MIPCOM, MIPTV, NATPE and DISCOP.
Filmexport Group have also enlarged their interests in the area of motion picture business with the production and co-production of Italian and European feature films by their associate company PRODUCTION GROUP, founded in 1982. Lately, we have started, with our associate company PLANET PICTURES , an additional activity in the acquisition of international feature films for domestic theatrical distribution.
In 2006, Filmexport Group themselves have co-produced with Spain the feature film LAS TRECE ROSAS (The Thirteen Roses) directed by Emilio Martínez Lázaro, followed soon after by the co-production with France SANS ETAT D’AME (Destiny Ride) directed by Vincenzo Marano.
In 1982 Filmexport Group consolidated its position as a prominent company in the business of film by launching Production Group, its sister company operating in the production and co-production of motion pictures for both the Italian and the international markets. Thanks to Filmexport Group's long-lasting experience as a seller and to its profound knowledge of the different foreign markets, Production Group started its activity with the creation of features aimed at satisfying the needs and tastes of a wide international audience. The titles produced during the eighties range from classics like CALIGULA AND MESSALINA or NERO AND POPPEA, to horror cult movies such as HITCHER IN THE DARK, METAMORPHOSIS, WITCHCRAFT, GHOSTHOUSE and BEYOND DARKNESS, from the internationally recognised movies directed by Joe D'Amato, like HIGH FINANCE WOMAN, BLUE ANGEL CAFE' and PASSION'S FLOWER to thrillers like RATS, NIGHT OF TERROR, VIOLENCE IN A WOMEN'S PRISON and BLADE VIOLENT, or romantic features such as HOT STEPS. Shot directly in English on locations in the United States, these feature films have sold amazingly well worldwide and are still much sought-after by specific genre lovers.
After a whole decade of experience in the production business, Production Group reverted to its original faith in the Italian historical tradition of high standard quality cinema with the production of MARCELLINO PANE E VINO (MARCELINO BREAD AND WINE), Luigi Comencini's remake of the original Spanish movie.
It also gave origin to a fruitful co-operation with European production companies such as French UGC or Spanish VIDEO MERCURY FILMS, that is still active today.
Fully Italian produced are the mid-ninety features films PALERMO MILANO SOLO ANDATA, CELLULOIDE and LA LUPA, a triptych that helped Production Group achieve a solid recognition as production company in both the Italian and the international industry of cinema. Directed by young and talented Claudio Fragasso and starring famous Giancarlo Giannini, PALERMO MILANO SOLO ANDATA ( DARING YOUNG ) is an entertaining road movie, it has been awarded as Best Production at the 1996 edition of the David di Donatello, apart from having been a box office hit during that season. With LA LUPA ( SHE-WOLF ) directed by Gabriele Lavia, Production Group turned to the theatrical adaptation of a literature classic, and succeeded in obtaining a recognition for it as "movie of national-cultural interest". Even more linked to traditional cinema is CELLULOIDE ( CELLULOID ), an emotional cult movie and an homage to Roberto Rossellini's masterpiece ROMA CITTA' APERTA.
In 2000 and 2001, Production Group signed for the acquisition of the Bigas Luna's film, VOLAVERUNT, the Swedish movie UNDER THE SUN, nominated as Best Foreign Picture at the Academy Awards, the British comedy SEXY BEAST, starring Ben Kinsley.
In 2000 Production Group in co-production with Planet Pictures made its debut in the production with QUELLO CHE LE RAGAZZE NON DICONO (WHAT GIRLS NEVER SAY) by Carlo Vanzina. After this experience, Production Group in 2001 entered into a co-production with the Spanish company Enrique Cerezo P.C. for the film directed by Vicente Aranda JUANA LA LOCA, awarded with the Silver Seashell Award for Best Actress (Pilar López de Ayala) and Golden Seashell Nomination (Vicente Aranda), at San Sebastian International Film Festival. Moreover, in 2003 and 2004, once again in association with Planet Pictures entered into two co-productions with Spain and more specifically, with the company Starline Productions for the film CARMEN directed by Vicente Aranda, with Panico Films for the latest picture of Alex De la Iglesia CRIMEN FERPECTO, with Patagonik Film Production of Juan Pablo Buscarini NOAH’S ARK.