Anova Pictures, run by Cybill Lui Eppich, produces elevated genre features. THE SILENCING, a thriller/action film starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Annabelle Wallis and Hero Fiennes Tiffin directed by Robin Pront was a bonafide smash hit. Released across all platforms in the summer of 2020, Indiewire called it a “breakout success” with Variety reporting the “hit” as the top grossing new film release. It had the highest per-screen average across 79 theaters and was the #1 rental for weeks, continuing to top the charts two months into its domestic release while the film continued its international run as Universal Pictures’ top performing PVOD title. Slated for a World Premiere at SXSW2020 in the Midnighters program but cancelled due to COVID-19, the film was nominated for Best Picture in the Official Fantàstic Competition at Sitges and played at the Fantastic Film Festival Malaga in Spain, 2020.
Anova produced three films with female directors. Sci-fi thriller WARNING, stars an ensemble cast with Alex Pettyfer, Alice Eve, Annabelle Wallis, Garance Marillier, Kylie Bunbury, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Rupert Everett, and Thomas Jane premiering at Sitges 2021 in the Panorama Fantàstic section and winning the Audience Award and Melies D’Argent Award at the Trieste SciFi Film Festival 2021, was released by LionsGate in theaters, on demand and digital on October 2021. Action/horror short KICKSTART MY HEART starring Emma Pasarow by Kelsey Bollig, who’s slated to shoot her first feature with Olivia Cooke starring and Adam McKay producing. Romantic drama AKONI, about a Nigerian refugee escaping the clutches of Boko Haram only to find himself struggling to integrate into Australian society, which premiered Opening Night at CinefestOZ as an Official Selection 2021 was released in Australian theaters.