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The Yellow Affair appoints new CEO and Head of Sales & Business Development

 

Scandinavian based Sales Agent The Yellow Affair has appointed Karoliina Dwyer as CEO and Steven Bestwick as Head of Sales & Business Development. 

Karoliina Dwyer has had a long association working as an Executive with The Yellow Affair representing award winning titles such as Eat Sleep Die, Road North, Princess and The Carer. Recently she served as Head of Sales & Acquisitions, returning to the company after working with several European Sales Agents and most recently with Tribeca Film Festival and Kino Lorber in New York.

Dwyer will take over from previous CEO Miira Paasilinna who becomes Chairman of the Board at The Yellow Affair and was recently appointed as Managing Director of leading Nordic production company Anagram Sweden.

Steven Bestwick started his career with Mel Gibson and Bruce Davey’s Icon Entertainment International before joining The Works Film Group in 2011 representing a library of prestigious titles internationally including Ken Loach’s Sweet SixteenMy Name is Joe and documentaries such as The Cove, Anvil and Man On Wire. In the UK releases included Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Kill Your Darlings and Bone Tomahawk.

“I am glad that we have found such a professional team to carry on the work of The Yellow Affair and am looking forward to seeing the company grow and develop”, said Miira Paasilinna.

The Yellow Affair continues to develop its relationships with various financial entities, seeking to represent new projects of artistic integrity, that boast high end production values and strong stories in the mid-range budget level.

As part of the continued growth of the company, both Executives will be based in London in an effort to increase connections with international filmmakers and financiers as the company looks to build a dynamic slate of productions across film and TV.   

“It has been a pleasure and privilege to work and grow with a company whose values I share. Taking on this new expanded role, I am very excited at the prospect of growing the company across our strong and diverse slate of films and filmmakers”, said Karoliina Dwyer.

Steven Bestwick said, “I am very pleased to join a company with well established links to production and finance in order to drive content in both film and TV but also such a willingness to adapt in order to remain successful in our increasingly challenging marketplace.”  

The company is heading to the fall markets with titles such as Fire Lily, Cloud Whispers, East of Sweden, Kiwi Christmas, Robin (New version) and upcoming projects including drama Life as a Comedian based on a novel by Jonas Gardell and directed by Rojda Sekersöz as well as Lauri Maijala’s historical Activists (Mini TV-series).

Yellow Affair Oy (Ltd) is a Finnish company with a daughter company in Sweden and owned by Visiorex Oy, Anagram Produktion Ab, Helsinki –filmi Oy and Marianna Films Oy.

The Yellow Affair is preparing for Cannes, Marché du Film!

Come and visit us at Riviera D2 in Cannes!

Click here for our line-up.

 

Happy Holidays!

 We wish you all a Happy Holiday Season and will see you in year 2018 starting with Gothenburg and Berlin!

MAYA DARDEL wins Best Director at Raindance Film Festival

MAYA DARDEL continues its festival success and wins Best Director at Raindance Film Festival. The film is directed by Zachary Cotler and Magdalena Zyzak and stars the amazing Lena Olin with Rosanna Arquette in a supporting role. The film premiered at SXSW, and has also been presented at Edinburgh IFF, Munich Film Festival and Prague Film Fesitival where Lena Olin won Best Actress.

 

 

The Yellow Affair acquires MAYA DARDEL with Lena Olin (click here)

 

Read the Variety article on the acquisition of MAYA DARDEL by Zachary Cotler and Magdalena Zyzak.

Yellow Affair gearing up for Cannes with two new titles (click here)

The Yellow Affair has two exciting new titles for Cannes, the first a Danish psychological thriller called ROBIN and the 2nd a black comedy / small town crime thriler BECKER - SMALL TOWN GANGSTER.

SEE OUR FULL LINE UP HERE

 

 

THE MINE receives 2 Jussi Awards (Finnish Oscars)

THE MINE produced by Helsinki filmi and directed by Aleksi Salmenperä received 2 Jussi Awards (Finnish Oscars) for Best Screenplay - Pekkko Pesonen- and Best Supporting Actor- Jani Volanen. Congratulations to the team!

THE YARD Receives 3 of the Main Awards at Swedish Guldbagge!

THE YARD by Måns Månsson receives 3 of the main awards at the Swedish Guldbagge Film Awards for:

Best Actor in a Leading Role - Anders Mossling

Best Cinematography - Ita Zbroniec-Zajt

Best Sound/ Sound Design - Patrik Strömdahl.

Congrats to the Anagram team!

www.filminstitutet.se/en/about-us/press-service/press-archive/2017/guldawards2017_winner/

 

STRAWBERRY DAYS at EFM (click here)

 STRAWBERRY DAYS to get its premiere market screening at EFM (click here for Press Release)

 

7 Nominations for THE YARD and GIRLS LOST in the Gulbagge Gala (Swedish Oscars)!

We are proud to annouce that THE YELLOW AFFAIR's Swedish films THE YARD and GIRLS LOST have been nominated for 7 awards in the Guldbagge Gala (Swedish Oscars). Congratulations to all the talent!

Best Director

Alexandra-Therese Keining

for Girls Lost/Pojkarna

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Tuva Jagell

for the role as Kim in Girls Lost/Pojkarna

 

Best Actror in a Leading Role 

Anders Mossling

for the role as 11811 in The Yard/Yarden

 

Best Screenplay

Sara Nameth

for the screenplay for The Yard/Yarden


Best Cinematography

Ita Zbroniec-Zajt

for cinematography in The Yard/Yarden

 

Best Sound/Sound design

Patrik Strömdahl

for the sound on The Yard/Yarden

 

Best Original Score

Sophia Ersson

for Girls Lost/Pojkarna

 

Wishing You a Happy Holiday Season!

 We at The Yellow Affair wish all of you a Happy Holiday Season and thank you for collaboration in 2016. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in 2017 starting with Gothenburg and then Berlin!

TYA take new thriller '5 WOMEN' to AFM (click here)

 Miira Paasilinna of The Yellow Affair will be at AFM in Santa Monica taking meetings from the 2nd till the 7th of November. You can find Miira at the European Film Promotion umbrella office in the Loews Hotel, 8th floor office number 817/ 819.

Check out our new film 5 WOMEN here

And click here for our full AFM LINE-UP

The Yellow Affair at Mipcom / Junior 2016 (CLICK HERE)

 Chris Howard of The Yellow Affair will be attending the Mipcom, located at the Media Umbrella Stand, P4.B1 and available for meetings from Monday, Oct 17 thru Wednesday, October 19.

Please email chris@yellowaffair.com for meetings.

FOR FULL MIPCOM LINE-UP CLICK HERE

THE YELLOW AFFAIR PREPARE FOR TIFF 2016! (click here)

 Chris Howard of The Yellow Affair will be attending the Toronto International Film Festival and taking meetings from the morning of Sept 8 to the morning of Sept 13 in the Hyatt Regency, Mezzanine level, Industry Lounge.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL LINE-UP FOR TIFF

 

 

Premiere of THE GIRL KING in Germany 21st of July

THE GIRL KING by Mika Kaurismäki will have its German premiere on the 21st of June. The film is distributed by NFP. The film's German co-producer is Starhaus Produktion.

For more information: www.thegirlking-derfilm.de

 

BRIAN COX in ‘THE CARER’ & ‘THE MINE’ AT EDINBURGH IFF (click here)

 THE CARER, starring Brian Cox, Emiia Fox and Anna Chancellor, is having its UK premiere in the ‘Best of British’ section of this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival. THE CARER has been picked up for distribution in UK  by Cinefile, who will be releasing the film theatrically throughout the UK and Ireland following the Edinburgh premiere. In addition to THE CARER, The Yellow Affair is also proud to announce THE MINE, featuring at Edinburgh as a part of this year’s Finnish film focus.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL PRESS RELEASE

GIRLS LOST (Ecrans Juniors) and UNINDIAN (Cinéma Antipodes) AT CANNES (click here)

 Alexandra Therese Keining’s GIRLS LOST - already a multi festival award winner having featured at, amongst others, Toronto, Rome & Rotterdam - has been selected for ‘Cannes Ecrans Juniors’. Meanwhile, UNINDIAN, a spicey rom com about cultural differences, will feature in this year's Cinéma des Antipodes.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL PRESS RELEASE

GIRLS LOST nominated for EFA Young Audience Award

GIRLS LOST by Alexandra-Therese Keining has been nominated for the European Film Academy Young Audience Award.

www.europeanfilmacademy.org/News-detail.155.0.html

 

'THE YARD' WINS LORENS AWARD (PRODUCER) IN GOTHENBURG (click here)

The Yard, which will feature in next week's Berlinale Forum, has won an award at this year's Gothenburg International Film Festival. The award is handed out each year to producers for their outstanding current productions. 

The jury's motivation: The award goes to a producer who demonstrates a lot of courage and a strong intuition above the ordinary. In a well executed and consistent film with a strong internal drive, the harsh reality is portrayed with a unique artistic expression that blooms into poetry.
The winner of the Lorens Award 2016 is: Emma Åkesdotter Ronge, for Yarden

'THE YARD' TO FEATURE IN BERLINALE FORUM (click here)

  THE YARD, a compelling Swedish drama about a fallen poet lost in the mundane world of unskilled work, is to feature at this year’s Berlinale in the Forum Section (see screenings below). This follows its selection as opening film in Gothenburg (selected in the Dragon Awards Competition).

 

SEE FULL PRESS RELEASE HERE