About Java Films

Founded in 2005 by Roch Bozino, 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 2023, our documentaries screened at 110 festivals around the world, winning 26 awards and 4 special mentions.

Contact details for each of us are below or for general enquires please send a message to [email protected]


In Development




Roch Bozino


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.

Kathryn Bonnici

Head of Acquisitions & Development

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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

Sales Manager

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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.

Olivier Semonnay

Festivals & Features Manager

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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.

Angélique Tourré

Post-production Manager

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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.

Sophie Becker

Digital Manager

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Sophie studied languages at Cambridge University, where she also managed the awards department of Watersprite Film Festival. Since joining Java in 2020, she has been managing the digital strategy, overseeing the YouTube channels and other AVOD platforms and partners.

She is currently based in Graz, Austria and spends her free time hiking and biking in the mountains. She is a native English speaker, and also speaks German and French.

Polly Haythornthwaite

Digital Coordinator

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After a 6-month internship at Java during her third year, Polly graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in modern languages. She now works in our digital department, which includes managing two of our YouTube channels.  Despite her northern farming roots she is currently based in London, and spends her free time composing music for film and television. She speaks fluent French, Spanish and is learning Portuguese.

Chloé Chenut

Post-production Assistant

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After studying classical literature, film, law & political science, Chloe later returned to cinema and documentaries, with a particular interest in animated and documentary films. After completing a Higher Technical Diploma in Editing and Post-Production, Chloe finished with a year at the Sorbonne Nouvelle studying Project Management in Film. In 2021 she joined Java Films as an apprentice. Since then, she has been working with Java as post-production assistant, helping with material deliveries and technical support.