Thanks for posting the submission information. In your update you noted that Milestone currently owns the worldwide rights, however, you didn't clarify whether 'New Star' was a previous distributor. Can you clarify if this company did/didn't distribute the title in 2015 (or in any other year)?
I hope I've made myself understood. - Dennis
Dear Mr. Spanos,
To follow up on your email on April 10 regarding rights to screen Milestone's films in Greece, it has come to my attention that your company is releasing our film ARAYA on April 30th. I am attaching a copy of the poster with your logo and email address on it. These are also the links that I've found describing the release.
You also have it listed on IMDB as premiering in Greece on the 30th. Could you please advise me how you claim the rights to screen this film as we are the exclusive, worldwide rights holder to the film? I expect an answer no later than tomorrow. Thank you.
Milestone Film & Video
PO Box 128 / Harrington Park, NJ 07640
Phone: 201-767-3117 / Fax: 201-767-3035 / Email: email@example.com
cc: Susan Bodine, Esq., Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard
On Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 9:11 AM, Alkionis Cinema <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Dear sir Doros,
We are a Greek distribution company that has recently re-opened two historic art cinemas in the center of Athens, namely Alkyonis and Studio.
We are interested in promoting quality art films of all genres from shorts and animations to documentaries and all other art titles from all over the world.
We are very interested to your films and I would like you to advise us of any of your films available for Greece only for theatrical rights.
With this opportunity I would also like to ask you to send us a list of any additional available for Greece films from your library.
Looking forward from you.
Alkyonis Art Cinema
It was shown once at the Athens Avant Garde Film Festival, Athens, Greece October 8, 2009 directly from us. The film has not been legally screened there since. I'm not sure why IMDB is more interested in keeping an illegal/non-existent credit up on your website than in protecting the legal rights of the company that restored the film and is distributing it. Can you explain this to me? I'm now in year three of trying to get this credit removed.
I see that it was reported that Araya was going to be taken to Theaters in Greece by New Star. See for example:
This was posted on the 24th April a few days before the supposed release on the 30th April.
Is it possible they were showing the original version not the remastered version by Milestone Films ?
At what point did you manage to stop them showing the films (I'm going to need a little bit more context if possible).