Canadian Distributor Game Theory Films Launches

By Pat Mullen

The Canadian film industry has reason to celebrate today beyond the announcement of multiple Canucks scoring Oscar nominations in the shorts categories this morning. Producer William Woods formally announced the launch of the new Toronto-based distribution company Game Theory Films this morning. The boutique distributor will handle the release of Canadian documentaries and narrative features across all platforms.

Woods is a sought after producer in the Canadian film scene with the 2016 thriller Mean Dreams starring Bill Paxton and Sophie Nélisse, among his recent credits. Woods will continue to produce while serving as President of Game Theory Films with a team that includes Hilary Hart as Director of Acquisitions and Distribution, Luke Black as Director of Development, and industry veteran Tim Smythe-Bishop as Senior Market Strategist.

The news comes with the announcement that the first titles acquired by Game Theory Films are Igor Drljača’s experimental documentary The Stone Speakers and Daniel Leo’s English-Polish-Portuguese language feature debut Man Proposes, God Disposes. This announcement is good news for filmmakers and audiences eager to see festival fare outside the circuit.

Drljača’s The Stone Speakers debuted last September in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Wavelengths programme and was recently announced as a selection in the Berlinale’s Forum programme for its international premiere. The film is an unconventional and dryly funny glimpse into the fraught history of Bosnia. (Read more about The Stone Speakers in the feature Sites of Memory.) Man Proposes, God Disposes screened at several festivals worldwide with stops in Calgary, Prague, Shanghai, among others.

“Our first two acquisitions, The Stone Speakers and Man Proposes, God Disposes, reflect exactly where we want to be in the distribution market – collaborating with interesting filmmakers on the release of their passion projects,” said Woods in a statement from Game Theory Films. “It’s a privilege for us to be working with such talented filmmakers to launch our company.”

“We teamed up with Game Theory in an effort to support bold new approaches by emerging distributors and because we liked Hilary Hart’s enthusiasm for the project,” added Drljača. “Hilary and her team have been very supportive of the film and along with my co-producer, Albert Shin, we felt like it was an ideal fit.”

Game Theory Films expects to release between six to ten films per year with The Stone Speakers and Man Proposes, God Disposes hitting theatres this spring.

The Stone Speakers from TimeLapse Pictures on Vimeo.