Artificial Eye

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Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd
Industry Film distribution
Founded 1976
Founder(s) Andi Engel[1]
Pamela Balfry[2]
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Key people Louisa Dent (MD, Artificial Eye)
Philip Knatchbull (CEO, CAE) Roger Wingate (chairman, CAE)
Products Film
Parent Curzon World
Website Artificial Eye

Artificial Eye is a British film distributor, specialising in foreign-language and art house films for cinema and home entertainment.[3]

The company was founded in 1976 by Andi Engel (11 November 1942 – 26 December 2006), a German-born film enthusiast, and his then wife, Pamela Balfry, who had a background working with Richard Roud at the London Film Festival. She became Artficial Eye's first managing director.[1][4]

Since 2006, Artficial Eye is part of Curzon World, a group of companies in the film entertainment industry which also includes the Curzon chain of seven cinemas plus eight joint venture cinemas,[5] video on demand service Curzon Home Cinema, the retail DVD distributor Fusion Media Sales, and horror film distributor Chelsea Films (launched in 2010).[6]

Artificial Eye releases some 20 new theatrical films and 30 DVD titles in the UK each year, as well as digital releases via several platforms, such as iTunes, Lovefilm, FilmFlex and in-house Curzon On Demand.[6]

The company's stock of 300 titles on DVD and Blu-ray was destroyed in the Sony/PIAS warehouse fire in Enfield, North London during the August 2011 England riots. A company spokesman said the problems caused would be minimal.[7]

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