"Beauty will save the world."
"La beauté sauvera le monde."
- Dostoïevski -
Which types of documentaries, performances and fiction series are included in our catalogue – is there a prevalent theme, genre or style?
We are interested in all kinds of true documentaries (one-off and series) in their forms and topics even though some genres perform better commercially such as history (ancient civilizations, WWII and about the big historical events or figures), cutting-edge science, current affairs/global issues documentaries, biographies of celebrities and wildlife. We also dedicate a specific work on the arts & culture (history of art or current international artistic scene involving renowned artists) including music (all types, documentaries about international celebrities and concerts with famous artists) and dance niches (ballets and documentaries about famous ensemble, dancers or choreographers). We would like to receive more documentaries for kids. Fiction series are finally more and more requested by our buyers.
At the moment, we specifically look for:
- scripted series (fiction) covering the following genres: comedy, History, politics, strong women characters.
- animation series for kids
- jazz concerts for example shot at prestigious jazz festivals;
- documentaries about traditional ways of living, in remote places but also close to where we live;
- documentaries focusing on certain zones: Mediterranean, Africa, Middle East.
- documentaries on innovations or green initiatives bringing hope
- journalistic political investigations
- documentaries about architecture.
- strong female characters
- 4K programmes
How do we select which titles to work with?
We select the films the same way the buyers proceed: they should be recent, in HD or 4K, last 52’ even if a longer or shorter version exists & could be summarised in one sentence; then we screen the beginning of the film. Only if we feel like watching them after the 10 first minutes we may acquire them. We allow ourself to take films with a low commercial potential if we love them but inform the producer of our feeling before signing any distribution agreement. There are of course many other criteria according to each genre. For example, a true scientific approach may be key for some films, celebrities for others. Having a true linguistic version (without any subtitle) is becoming key to enhance the commercial potential of a film. We finally rely on experts to check the accuracy of the storries.
In order to enable us to assess your submission effectively, please review the check-list form below and drop an email to Gwenaël Tilly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pauline Mazenod (email@example.com).
Feel free to read the take-aways of EUROPE CREATIVE MEDIA, Peter Hamilton and EDN, following the presentation made by Pauline Mazenod, WINDROSE's CEO, and lawyer, Brian Levine at 2017 MIPTV, during the panel "International Distribution Contracts: what's new?".
Feel free to request the list of documents & video material that you will be asked for if you work with Windrose to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feel free to read WAYMEL's explanations on the different existing encodings.