About us

Founded in 2005, Java Films rapidly established itself as one of Europe’s leading independent documentary distributors, providing production support and distribution to both finished films and projects in development.

In 2013, we opened a separate department - Java Features - to handle our growing theatrical catalogue and in 2014 we opened a separate office in London. Our films include international Emmy winners and have been nominated for prestigious prizes like the Goyas or premiered at important festivals like Sundance, Tribeca or HotDocs.

Contact details for each of us are below or for general enquires please send a message to contact@javafilms.fr

Korea: The Cult of Success

60 years ago South Korea was a poor country, now the nation is the 11th economic power in the world. This success is mostly due to a empahsis put on education. Korean students are known to be the best in the world. To enter one of the three best universities in the country, teenagers have to get a good rank during their final examination, the Sonneung. The exam takes place the 2nd Thursday of November.

For years, the children have been preparing to be the best. Their families push them in this competitive race. After a school day, most of student have tuition until late at night. Sacrifices are being made by families to pay for extra lessons, but also by teenagers who, under pressure, are often tempted by suicide.

Roch Bozino, Managing Director

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

Kathryn has spent the past 12 years working in distribution. At Java, her responsibilities include developing & sourcing documentaries, heading the features department and handling pre-sales.

In 2014, she was a tutor at the East Silver Market, having previously sat on the jury or selection committee of Medimed, the Banff Film Festival & the Jihlava Festival, among others. She regularly lectures & leads workshops on distribution.

Donatien Pierda, Sales Manager

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 Nicholls, Sales Manager

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.

Emily Carrigan, Project & Communications Manager

Emily came to France after graduating from Oxford in 2007 and has been working at Java since 2011. She speaks English, French and a smattering of Spanish.

Emily’s sales territories include Africa, Turkey, Brazil, Portugal and Inflight. Her other responsibilities include managing social media, dubbing of films and special project management as well as writing press releases, synopsis and some translation work.

Angélique Tourré, Technical Manager

Angelique studied Contemporary British Theatre and Filmmaking in La Sorbonne University for five years. She graduated in 2012. She completed internships in post production and editing.

Angelique manages the deliveries of materials and publicity and deals with all technical issues.

Olivier Semonnay, 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.

Christopher Mitchell, Executive Producer

Christopher Mitchell is an award-winning writer, producer and director of television documentaries. He was Managing Director of the independent production company OR Media from 2005 until 2014, during which time he executive-produced more than 70 films. He is now working as an executive producer at Touch Films. As a director he has made documentaries for BBC1, BBC2, ITV and Channel 4.

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