Former HanWay Films and WestEnd Films exec Fabien Westerhoff has launched international licensing and finance company Film Constellation, which will debut at next month’s Cannes Film Festival. The London-based company is kicking off with a credit facility of up to 10M euros ($11.25M) from France’s FilmsDistribution.
Westerhoff will reveal Film Constellation’s first titles on the Riviera, from youth-oriented commercial fare to talent-driven pics targeted at mature audiences.
Westerhoff says the company’s strategic partnerships will offer a fast-track bridge to the European market’s funding resources and festival scene for Anglo-Saxon indie filmmakers, and act as a port of call for European filmmakers wanting to expand ino the English-speaking market.
His credits include films by Jeremy Saulnier, Michael Winterbottom, David Gordon Green, Nick Cave, Wim Wenders, Takashi Miike, Fernando Leon, Woody Allen, Fernando Trueba, Bernardo Bertolucci and Pablo Larrain.
Westerhoff began his career at The Coproduction Office in Paris before joining HanWay in London in 2008 where he launched sales and distribution label HanWay Select in 2010. He most recently was Head of Sales & Distribution for WestEnd.