Neon’s Elissa Federoff on picking films with “social currency”, moving into production and development

Neon’s head of distribution discusses trends in theatrical at Locarno Pro.Neon head of distribution Elissa Federoff was one of the high-profile guests at the Locarno Film Festival’s industry programme Locarno Pro, delivering a keynote at the StepIn think tank and speaking “in conversation” about original language film distribution in the US.Launched in 2017, independent distributor Neon has famously acquired three movies — 2019’s Parasite, 2021’s Titane and 2022’s Triangle of Sadness — that have gone on to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes.

Parasite was the first non-English language feature to win best film at the Academy Awards.

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