We must repatriate the Seville Films catalog

The Seville Films catalog must be repatriated


When our businesses fall into the hands of foreign companies, they inevitably become at the mercy of decisions made abroad. And when the foreign boss decide to pull the plug, it's really too bad for us em>. We don't have a say.  

This is what has just happened with the decision of the American multinational Hasbro, which has just ordered Les Films Sevilla to end its theatrical distribution service feature films. 

Seville Films is a subsidiary of Entertainment One, which the multinational Hasbro, specializing in the sale of games, figurines, toys and stuffed animals, acquired in December 2019, just before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, for the sum $3.8 billion US (more than $4.8 billion CAD). 

The closure of Seville Films is all the more catastrophic for Quebec culture as Seville was not only the largest distributor of Quebec films, but in addition, it is the distributor that holds the largest catalog of Quebec feature films. &nbsp ;


There is no doubt that the other Quebec distributors will do everything to try to convince producers used to doing business with Les Films Seville to sell them their next feature films.  

The following are, among others, part of this group: Les Films Opale, Maison 4:3, K-Films Amérique, Axia Films, TVA Films, Filmoption International, etc.

The problem ? None of the existing Quebec distributors has in the past invested as much money in the distribution and promotion of Quebec films as Les Films Sevilla.  

We'll see… 


For the survival of Quebec culture, it is necessary at all costs to repatriate into the hands of a Quebec company the catalog of Quebec feature films held by Les Films Sevilla, which also includes the films previously distributed by Alliance Atlantis Vivafilm, following its merger with Seville.  

This catalog includes The Barbarian Invasions; The Fall of the American Empire; Fires; Just the end of the world; Mommy; 14 days, 12 night; 1987; 1991; Liar; Good Cop, Bad Cop 2; SAT; 1:54; From father to cop; Dismantling; Are you sleeping Nicole; Gabrielle; Disappearing Fireflies; Inshallah; Louis Cyr: The Strongest Man in the World; Bare feet in the dawn; Hochelaga, Land of Souls; Mafia Inc.; The Great Seduction; Sarah prefers racing; King Dave; Corbo; My own circus; The Time Grabber, A Review; etc.  

In addition, there are Lines of flightby Myriam Bouchard and Catherine Chabot, the new film from prolific Cinémaginaire producer Denise Robert, which hits theaters this week.  

For a multinational like Hasbro, whose sale of toys and games represents 85.3% of the volume of business (US$6.7 billion, just over CA$8.6 billion), the catalog of Quebec films from Seville represents nothing but peanuts financially.   

But for us in Quebec, this catalog is worth its weight in cultural gold.  

And since the production of our films is greatly funded with public funds through SODEC (Quebec) and Telefilm (federal), we have a collective interest in repatriating the catalog of Quebec films from Seville Films to a Quebec company. 

The Films Sévi catalog must be repatriated the