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Award-winning producers Jack Tarling and Manon Ardisson previously joined forces on the BFI-backed, BAFTA-nominated, BIFA-winning hit "God’s Own Country" by Francis Lee, the story of an isolated young farmer who finds love with a Romanian migrant labourer. It won awards at Sundance, Berlin, Edinburgh and many other festivals, was sold internationally by Protagonist. and released in the UK by Picturehouse.

Through his company Shudder Films, Jack also produced director Johnny Kevorkian's award winning sci-fi horror "Await Further Instructions" which was Critics Pick in the New York Times and is currently streaming on Netflix. Jack is also an experienced line producer with credits including "VS." which was financed by BBC Films; and "Bypass" and "Light Years", both of which were financed by the BFI and premiered at Venice.

 

Manon went on to found Ardimages UK, sister company to Paris-based production company Ardimages. Ardimages UK received a BFI Vision Award in 2020 and was one of the country's top emerging production companies in Screen Daily’s Brit 50 list. Manon also produced Mo Scarpelli’s “El Father Plays Himself” (Visions du Réel 2020), and co-produced Jorge Thielen Armand's acclaimed Venezuelan feature films: "La Soledad" (Venice Biennale College 2016) and "La Fortaleza" (Rotterdam Tiger Competition 2020). “La Fortaleza” was financed by Breaker, the World Cinema Fund, Colombia's FDC, and Nouvelle Aquitaine’s Film fund, the film is sold by Reel Suspects.

Chiara Ventura joined Manon at Ardimages UK in 2017 after working in development, distribution and physical production. She recently produced Elizabeth Sankey's feature documentary "Romantic Comedy" (SXSW 2019), which was long-listed for a BIFA and distributed in the UK by MUBI, and, together with Manon, the SKY-commissioned comedy pilot "Heart To Heart" (SXSW 2020), written by IR Bell Webb, directed by Lilah Vandenburgh and featuring David Tennant.

 

Charades is an international sales, finance and production company based in Paris. It was founded in March 2017 by Carole Baraton, Pierre Mazars and Yohann Comte, following successful tenures at Wild Bunch, Studio Canal and Gaumont respectively. Since then, Charades has developed an eclectic slate, from prestige arthouse to animations, genre, comedy, and 3D animation. Recent titles include “Leto” from Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov (Cannes  Competition, 2018), “Diamantino” from US-Portuguese directors Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt (Cannes Critics' Week 2018), “Mogul Mowgli” from British-Pakistani director Bassam Tariq (Berlin Panorama 2020), “Mirai” from Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda (Cannes Directors' Fortnight 2018) and “I Lost My Body” from French director Jérémy Clapin (Cannes Critics Week 2019), both nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Charades is dedicated to discovering new voices and crafting the right distribution strategy for every one of them.

 

Curzon is a branded customer-facing platform covering film exhibition, distribution, production and on-demand streaming. The company currently operates 20 cinemas across the UK exemplified by flagship venues Curzon Mayfair, Curzon Soho and Curzon Bloomsbury. The distribution business has over 40 years experience in independent film and boasts a library of over 400 critically acclaimed films by the world’s greatest directors including Ingmar Bergman, Michael Haneke, Andrei Tarkovsky, and recently Celine Sciamma and Bong Joon Ho. Streaming service Curzon Home Cinema pioneered day-and-date releasing and is available to customers through TV, mobile apps and over-the-top-platforms, with reach into 6.5 million homes.

Curzon is part of the Cohen Media Group which produces and distributes independent, foreign language and arthouse film in North America. It owns Landmark Theatres, America’s largest specialized theatre chain dedicated to independent cinema with 252 screens in 27 markets.

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