Created in 2009, Screen Division provides consulting in film acquisitions, negotiations and festival programming. The company also develops and produces film projects. Previous experiences include film distribution, film production, marketing and international sales.
Screen Division collaborates with sales agents, producers, distributors and festivals in Europe, the United States, Canada, South America and Asia.
In 2014, Screen Division launched a new partnership with the Imagine Film Festival in the Netherlands, the Zagreb Fantastic Film Festival in Croatia and the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia. The project, called European Genre Forum, sets to boost the careers of future players in the genre biz through three days of trainings, panels and pitching sessions.
Annick Mahnert studied film production at the NYFA and worked as a production assistant at Roger Corman’s Concorde-New Horizons. Back in Switzerland, she went on to work in distribution and programming at 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Pathé Cinémas and Frenetic Films and worked at Maximage Filmproduktion as a production assistant.
Early 2012 she moved to Paris to join the renowned sales agency Celluloid Dreams, handling sales and acquisitions. Since 2013, she is working as a freelance producer, acquisitions consultant and festival programmer. She is an expert at the Austrian Film Institute and the Albanian National Center of Cinematography for film funding, a programmer at the Sitges Fantastic Film Festival and the Head of Programming at Fantastic Fest in Austin. In April 2020, Mahnert became the Executive Director at the Frontières Co-Production Market, the leading industry initiative for genre film professionals. Organised by the Fantasia International Film Festival, Frontières produces 3 annual events: an International Co-Production Market, a Finance & Packaging Forum, & the Frontières Platform in Cannes.
Mahnert recently coproduced Alexandre O. Philippe’s documentary Memory: The Origins of Alien which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2019 and produced Huachicolero (The Gasoline Thieves), which premiered in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2019, where it won the Award for Best New Narrative Director. Her two latest productions, The Long Walk (Mattie Do) and Leap of Faith (Alexandre O. Philippe), both World Premiered at the Venice Film Festival/Giornate Degli Autori in September 2019 before going to other prestigious film festivals such as Toronto, BFI and Rotterdam. Leap of Faith celebrated its North American Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020. Screen Division’s newest collaboration with Mattie Do, Entanglement, was awarded the Best Co-Production Award at the Macao International Film Festival Project Market in December 2020.