Square Eyes: film sales & festival strategy
Square Eyes is a sales company based in Vienna, that helps outstanding non-mainstream films find the audience and recognition they deserve.
We specialise in representing bold, author-driven features and shorts, that are willing to take narrative and aesthetic risks. We collaborate closely with filmmakers to devise bespoke festival distribution and sales strategies. By limiting our portfolio, we ensure that each film we work with receives the attention it needs to reach its fullest potential.
Square Eyes has a proven track-record for identifying films that might struggle to secure traditional theatrical distribution, but which have the potential to thrive by adopting an alternative release strategy.
Square Eyes was founded in 2013 as Some Shorts by Wouter Jansen, former head of film programming at the Oscar-qualifying Go Short Film Festival. The agency quickly established a reputation for working with the most exciting shorts on the festival circuit. Many of these have won major awards, including the Palme d’Or at Cannes and main awards at Semaine de la Critique, Quinzaine des Realisateurs, Locarno, DokLeipzig and TIFF.
In order to continue nurturing gifted filmmakers during the formative stages of their careers, the agency expanded its remit to include fiction and documentary features. The first feature project we worked on, Guido Hendrikx’s Stranger in Paradise, was selected as the opening film at IDFA in 2016 before going on to play at almost a 100 further festivals around the world. Since then, features represented by Square Eyes have secured high-profile premieres at Berlin, Karlovy Vary, Sundance and Toronto.
If you want to submit a film proposal for Square Eyes, please send us an email with the screener, short synopsis and ideally a trailer. Send all proposals to film [at] squareeyesfilm [dot] com
CEO – Sales & Acquisitions
wouter [at] squareeyesfilm [dot] com
Festival handling: Short films
sanne [at] squareeyesfilm [dot] com
Festival handling: Feature films
berry [at] squareeyesfilm [dot] com