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About AX1

Established in 1997 by Douglas Cummins and Rocio Freire-Bernat, AX1 Films (formerly known as Axiom Films) is a leading independent label that brings together a range of film activities, including the production of feature films and a flourishing distribution division with a library of over 120 acclaimed and award-winning films under direct ownership.

Over the past two decades, the company has built a reputation for taking creative risks, working to develop new talent and original ideas and producing an artistically diverse body of work in collaboration with filmmakers from all parts of the world. Uniquely, each film project that the company has been involved with has been both a critical and commercial success, frequently winning awards, sold for distribution in most key markets and, without exception, selected to screen at the major international film festivals (Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Toronto). Completed films include the award-winning Australian cult classic THE BOYS by Rowan Woods, starring Toni Collette and David Wenham (In Competition Berlin Film Festival 1998); Benoît Jacquot's TOSCA starring Angela Gheorghiu (Venice Film Festival 2001); Ivan Sen’s BENEATH CLOUDS (Winner First Film Award / In Competition Berlin Film Festival 2002); Pascal Bonitzer’s SMALL CUTS (PETITES COUPURES) with Kristin Scott Thomas (In Competition Berlin Film Festival 2003); BROKEN LINES starring Paul Bettany and Olivia Williams (UK’s sole entry at the 2008 Venice Film Festival); from Argentina, Pablo Trapero’s highly acclaimed ROLLING FAMILY (FAMILIA RODANTE) (Official Selection Toronto Film Festival) and BORN & BRED; David Riker’s immigrant story THE GIRL starring Abbie Cornish (Tribeca Film Festival 2012) and Polly Steele’s LET ME GO starring Juliet Stevenson (Official Selection Edinburgh Film Festival 2017).

As a distributor, AX1 directly exploits all rights in films acquired and is widely respected for its innovative and bespoke marketing that includes distinctive campaigns for films such as the Oscar-winning IN A BETTER WORLD by Susanne Bier (Best Foreign Language Film), the Oscar-nominated US independents HALF NELSON (Best Actor, Ryan Gosling) and FROZEN RIVER (Best Actress, Melissa Leo and Best Original Screenplay, Courtney Hunt), the Oscar and Golden Globe nominated Georgian/Estonian film TANGERINES (Best Foreign Language Film) and Jun Ichikawa’s adaptation of TONY TAKITANI by Haruki Murakami. Consistently adding to what is an already significant collection that includes major films from American writer/directors John Sayles, David O. Russell, Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, Josh and Benny Safdie, Ramin Bahrani, Todd Solondz and Courtney Hunt as well as established auteur filmmakers such as Peter Greenaway, Asghar Farhadi, Tsai Ming-Liang, José Luis Guerin and Pablo Trapero, the company also owns a major part of the acclaimed German filmmaker Wim Wenders’ body of work, including all the director’s defining early films such as THE GOALIE'S ANXIETY AT THE PENALTY KICK, ALICE IN THE CITIES and KINGS OF THE ROAD as well as enduring classics PARIS, TEXAS, WINGS OF DESIRE, THE AMERICAN FRIEND and BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB.

AX1 is a company consistently associated with quality rather than sheer quantity, and strives to develop its business by fostering close working relationships with some of the most creatively outstanding filmmakers from all parts of the world. The fact that AX1 also acquires films for distribution as well as producing them provides a leading edge in terms of the demands of the international market.

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