Christophe Mercier is a London-based international film distribution and marketing consultant. He serves as the UK and US Correspondent for the Quinzaine des Realisateurs, aka Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. As a co-programmer, he also contributes to the selections of various festivals including Dinard’s British Film Festival in France and the UK Jewish Film Festival in London.
From March 2006 to August 2019, Christophe worked at London-based 20th Century Fox International as Vice President, Fox Searchlight Europe. As such, he devised EMEA release strategy for titles including Birdman, The Shape of Water, and Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri.
In 2004-06, Christophe worked at Warner Bros. Pictures Int’l as Vice President, Speciality Films taking care of the Warner Independent Pictures (WIP) films including March of the Penguins.
In 2003-04, Christophe managed acquisition & distribution activities for five key European independent distributors at the Paris-based pan-European company Indie Circle. In its first year, Indie Circle acquired five titles including arthouse hit Osama and Spanish film Take My Eyes as well as AMPAS’ Best Foreign title-nominee Paradise Now.
From 1997, Christophe forged his knowledge of the worldwide film market as Manager of International Distribution at Universal Pictures Int’l fka PolyGram Films Int’l in London. There, he oversaw distribution and marketing in more than 60 territories. Films include Working Title hits Billy Elliot and Bridget Jones’s Diary as well as US indies Being John Malkovich and O Brother, Where Art Thou?
In the early 2000s, Christophe was also a scout for the Directors’ Fortnight programming team for English-speaking titles for two years.
Previous other distribution activities include Castle Rock Intl (London), New Line Intl (LA & London) and UIP (Belgium). This was preceded by seven years in the independent production business in France and Switzerland.