Anova Pictures, run by Cybill Lui Eppich, produces elevated genre and prestige 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 summer 2020, Indiewire called it a “breakout success” with Variety reporting the “hit” as the top grossing new film release with 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 two films with first-time female directors: Sci-fi thriller WARNING, starring an ensemble cast including Alex Pettyfer, Alice Eve, Annabelle Wallis, Garance Marillier, Kylie Bunbury, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Rupert Everett, Thomas Jane, and James D’Arcy premiering at Sitges 2021 in the Panorama Fantàstic section with LionsGate releasing in theaters and digital on October 22, 2021; and 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. Upcoming announced projects for Cybill include The Mirage Man with Oscar-winner Steven Zaillian producing set up at 20th Century Studios.