Ayiti Mon Amour | 9 Rides | Secrets of the Magic City | The Unseen
Die Expats | While We Live |The Last Fall | Love and Kwaito
A Moving Image | Dreamstates | The Revolution Won't Be Televised | Play The Devil
Skorokoro | Land Of Milk & Money | Dar Noir
Inamorata | space____d | Palm Trees Down 3rd Street
Night Shift | Forward | A Thousand Midnights| Afro Punk Girl | We All We Got
IN DEVELOPMENT | PRE-PRODUCTION | PRODUCTION
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Based in Los Angeles, CA, Flourishing Films is a boutique film sales agency founded in January 2016. The company made its domestic debut at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and its international debut at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival and European Film Market (EFM). Previously having worked in feature acquisitions at Paramount Pictures, the experience inspired its founder to begin a film rights sales business specifically to market and sell multi-genre films.
Flourishing Films' intent is to expand access to specific filmed content originating from the US, Africa, the UK and countries around the world. The company looks to identify strong, well-written and well-directed stories, target and market to specific global audiences in their respective territories, and offer all available rights to well-established, as well as new distribution companies and outlets with creative and innovative distribution structures.
Founder & CEO - Head, Film Sales | Production | Distribution
Efuru Flowers began her career working for John Singleton's New Deal Productions. This opportunity paved the way for a career collaborating with filmmakers and talent, and began a passion for production, sales and distribution.
Efuru continues to build an extensive network of sales, distribution, financing, production and talent professionals throughout over 20 years of experience. While working at Paramount Pictures in Feature Acquisitions, Efuru was inspired to build a sales, production, and distribution company focused on representing Black and diverse content in the domestic and international marketplace.
Efuru is an Alum of the Producer's Guild of America's The Power of Diversity; Sundance Institute's Financing Intensive; 2017 Sundance Alum; and a 2018 Berlinale Talents (Sales & Distribution) Alum.
International Sales Executive | Acquisitions | Production
Themba Bhebhe is an international sales executive and specialist in diversity in film, based between Paris, Berlin and the USA. During and between his studies of modern languages (French, German, Spanish) in his native UK and film and audio-visual studies in Paris, France, Themba worked as an account manager for a buying office sourcing for Williams-Sonoma and Martha Stewart, a legal translator for the international law firm Denton Wilde Sapte.
Themba began his career at the Franco-British group Pathé International as an international sales assistant, later graduating to an international marketing and sales coordinator and then to an international sales manager in charge of sales to Turkey, Greece, Southeast Asia, Africa and small-scale North American independent distributors. Aside from his native English tongue, Thembaspeaks near-native French as well as fluent German and Spanish.
Themba worked on the marketing, sales and festival strategies of a varied range of films The Great Beauty, Youth and Loro by the Academy Award-winning Paolo Sorrentino, Florence Foster Jenkins and Philomena by multi-award-winning Stephen Frears, Selma by Ava DuVernay, Pride by Matthew Warchus, Suffragette by Sarah Gavron and Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno by Cannes Golden Palm winner Abdellatif Kechiche.
Themba also worked on the international sales of black and diverse films such as: Mandela: Long Work to Freedom, A United Kingdom, Selma, Africa United, Slumdog Million, Masan, Where do we go now, Pride and Viceroy’s House.
Themba also works seasonally as Diversity Liaison Officer for the European Film Market (Berlinale) on its wide-ranging diversity scheme that explores the corporate relevance of diversity for the global film industry and highlights and creates synergies between the Berlinale’s many actions, programmes and promotions in favour of diversity. The scheme’s partners include McKinsey & Company.
Manager International Sales & Production
Janell has a background in Post-Production as Operations Manager at Good Edit, a division of Good Machine. She oversaw post-production operations servicing films such as Ang Lee's CrouchingTiger, Hidden Dragon, Todd Solondz's Storytelling, American Splendor and Alfonso Cuaron's Y Tu Mama Tambien.
Janell has also worked in international distribution both at DreamWorks Animation and Paramount Pictures servicing titles such as Kung Fu Panda, How To Train Your Dragon, The Big Short, Star Trek Beyond, 10 Cloverfield Lane and Anomalisa.
She is a 2004 American Film Institute Producing alumnae based in Los Angeles where she is torn between adopting a French Bulldog or a Chihuahua.
Producer | Development & Production Executive
Caleb Negassa is a producer based out of Los Angeles, California. Caleb has been involved with many types of production ranging from TV shows, feature films and most recently VR/AR contentcreation. Having studied film and production at Loyola Marymount University, Caleb focused most of his career in production while taking the time to work in tech and media centered start ups.
Caleb recently worked at director Roland Emmerichs company, Vrenetic, where he was a producer and head of operations for the company which focused on building a platform for VR generated content. Prior to that, Caleb worked at several production companies to include Element Media, More Media, Daughters and Sons primarily focusing on digital content and commercials.
Aside from working in production, Caleb enjoys working in business development where he has helped smaller companies enjoy a successful and steady growth in their business venture.
2018 Festivals & Markets
FLOURISHING FILMS IN CANNES
Marina Club – Riviera H6 Palais des Congrès
2017 Festivals & Markets
Blackstar Film Festival: August 3-6, 2017
LAFF: June 15-21, 2017
Marche du Film | Festival De Cannes: May 17-25, 2017
Sundance Film Festival: Jan 19-25, 2017
2016 Festivals & Markets
Havana International Film Festival: Dec 7-14, 2016
American Film Institute FEST: Nov 10-17, 2016
American Film Market: Nov 2-9, 2016
Toronto International Film Festival: Sept 8-13, 2016
Durban International Film Festival | Durban Film Market (S Africa): June 16-26, 2016
Le Marche du Film | Festival de Cannes: May 11-18, 2016
hotDOCS: April 28-May 2, 2016
Berlinale | European Film Market 2016: February 10-21, 2016
Sundance Film Festival 2016: January 20-25, 2016
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