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. In 2016, the European Genre Forum was granted support from Media Creative Europe.
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 Swiss Federal Office of Culture for film funding, a programmer at the Sitges Fantastic Film Festival and the Director of International Programming at Fantastic Fest in Austin.
Mahnert recently coproduced Alexandre O. Philippe’s new documentary Memory: The Origins of Alien which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2019 and is in postproduction of The Long Walk, the new film by Mattie Do and first ever Lao Sci-Fi film. She is also exec producing Cryptozoologist, the new documentary of Brad Abrahams, about the study of hidden or unknown animals, such as Bigfoot or Nessie. Her latest production, Huachicolero (The Gasoline Thieves), premiered in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2019.