In 2014, Karnavas and Kontovrakis invited Ioanna Stais to the Heretic family as Head of Sales and Acquisitions, expanding the company’s activity into world sales.
We support and encourage films and filmmakers to reach broad global audiences by becoming a key creative partner with the film team in utilizing strategies for festival play, sales, and alternative distribution models.
In 2021, Heretic landed its first Golden Bear Award with Radu Jude’s political satire Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn, and the Top Prize at Cannes Critics’ week with Omar El Zohairy’s Feathers. In 2019, Heretic handled world sales for Retablo, Peru’s official submission to The Academy Awards for Oscar® consideration. Retablo was also nominated for BAFTA’s Outstanding Debut Award, and Best International Film (alongside Parasite) for the Film Independent Spirit Award.
Other titles on Heretic’s varied sales slate includes, Ralitza Petrova’s Golden Leopard- winning debut, Godless; Keltek’s critical darling, Meteors; Isabella Eklöf’s Sundance competition title, Holiday; Mahmut Fazil Coskun’s Venice Orizzonti Special Jury Prize- winning film, The Announcement; Ena Sendijarevic’s festival hit Take Me Somewhere Nice; and Muayad Alayan’s, IFFR Hivos Tiger award-winning film, The Reports On Sarah And Saleem, among others.