Founded in 2005, Java Films rapidly established itself as one of Europe’s leading independent distributors, providing pre-sales and distribution for documentaries. We pride ourselves on our strong, personal relationships with our producers and clients and place this at the centre of everything we do.
At Java, we’re passionate about stories that explain the big issues of tomorrow. We only work with non-fiction and specialise in current affairs investigations, human rights, history and environmental films. Our boutique feature department takes on 6 – 8 feature documentaries a year, while our TV department works with approximately 60 – 80 titles per year.
Our priority is to ensure that our films are widely seen and accessible to everyone. To that end, Java is divided into three departments, which work closely together. Our festival department focuses on securing suitable premieres and a long, non-theatrical run for our films. This typically runs for 12 – 36 months and is made up of both festival, non-theatrical and company screenings. Our digital department concentrates on placing films on all types of VOD platforms, as well as managing social media marketing and working with designers and outreach teams to create suitable artwork and visual assets. Meanwhile, our sales department works on securing TV broadcasts, educational deals and inflight sales, through output deals and detailed market knowledge.
In 2020, our documentaries screened at 115 festivals around the world, winning 32 awards & special mentions.
Contact details for each of us are below or for general enquires please send a message to [email protected]
After studying economics in Nice and a trip round the world, Roch worked for many years as a producer for VM Group. He founded an international distribution department for VM in 1998 and left the company in 2005 to create Java Films. He loves political and historical documentaries and loves cooking.
Head of Acquisitions & Development
Kathryn has worked in distribution since 2002. At Java, her responsibilities include developing & sourcing documentaries, heading the features department and handling pre-sales. She has previously sat on the jury or selection committee for festivals like HotDocs Dealmakers, Dok Leipzig Forum and the international Emmys.
Donatien Pierda joined Java in 2008, having previously worked in distribution for two years at Europe Images International. He oversees Java’s expansion into Asia, as well as managing some European countries, the French speaking and East European markets. Last year, he was on the Jury of the Jihlava Film Festival and he represents Java at numerous festivals and markets like IDFA and Krakow. In his spare time, he acts and writes plays in Paris.
Rebecca has worked in television for fifteen years including roles at Passion Distribution, Mentorn International, RDF Rights, Cumulus Distribution and Network Ten in Australia. In her spare time she writes and self-publishes novels under two pen names – one name for crime fiction and one for children’s fantasy adventure stories. She speaks English and French.
Festivals & Features Manager
Having previously worked for 15 years in sales and marketing in the media & music industry in England and Spain, Olivier moved to Paris in 2013. He is now in charge of marketing and promoting Java’s feature documentaries to festivals, V.O.D platforms, and theatrical distributors. Olivier is a native French speaker and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Angelique studied Contemporary British Theatre and Filmmaking in La Sorbonne University for five years. She completed internships in post production and editing. In her free time, Angelique loves drawing and creating motion design videos. She has a passion for photography and loves swimming.
Angelique manages the deliveries of materials and publicity and deals with all technical issues. She is a native French speaker and is fluent in English.
Towards the end of a degree in languages at the University of Cambridge, Sophie found her love for film when managing the awards department of Watersprite International Student Film Festival. She is now based in Graz, Austria and spends her free time hiking and biking in the mountains, and running a small online publication to encourage diversity in Film & TV criticism.