Anova Pictures, run by Cybill Lui Eppich, produces elevated genre and prestige features. THE SILENCING, a thriller/action film starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones), Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders) and Hero Fiennes Tiffin (After) directed by Robin Pront (The Ardennes) was a bonafide smash hit. Released across all platforms in summer 2020, Indiewire called it a “breakout success” and Variety reported the “hit” as the top grossing new film release with the highest per-screen average playing in 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, Tomasz Kot and James D’Arcy premiering at Sitges 2021 in the Panorama Fantàstic section and will be released by LionsGate in theaters, on demand and digital on October 22, 2021; and romantic drama AKONI, written/directed/produced by and starring Genna Chanelle Hayes about a Nigerian refugee escaping the clutches of Boko Haram only to find himself struggling to integrate into Australian society, premiering Opening Night at the 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.
Cybill’s executive produced Pay The Ghost starring Nicolas Cage and Sarah Wayne Callies by Academy Award-nominee Uli Edel (The Baader Meinhof Complex) released by RLJ Entertainment, produced After the Dark starring James D’Arcy and an ensemble young cast nominated for Best Picture in the Official Fantàstic Competition at the Sitges Film Festival 2013 released by E1 Studios/Phase4 Films, and executive produced Old 37 starring horror vets Bill Mosely and Kane Hodder which made its world premiere at the 2015 HorrorHound Film Festival.
As the partner of her former production company An Olive Branch Productions, she produced CASINO JACK, THE PHILOSOPHERS, and THE GIRL WHO INVENTED KISSING. For years, Cybill worked with leading VFX company, Mr. X, on mid-budget studio genre projects.
Anova has a number of additional films in prep and development and endeavors to champion established and emerging filmmakers. Cybill is regularly invited to speak at film festival and industry panels on producing. All her films have premiered in prestigious film festivals around the world and are released by major distributors. Upcoming announced projects include THE MIRAGE MAN with Oscar-winner Steven Zaillian producing set up at 20th Century and action/thriller THE BENDS.
Founded by Cybill, the company was created to provide a platform for a diverse group of filmmakers to execute their creative visions. Having closed over $1 billion of transactions as a former investment banker on Wall Street, Cybill understands how to navigate the dynamics of the business within the entertainment world. Having danced 15 years as a ballerina with parents who owned music shops in Canada and Hong Kong, she appreciates the sacrifices one has to make to get the show on the road.
Always blending art with commerce, Anova is uniquely-positioned and committed in dedicating itself to its creative and financial partners, in seeing its projects through from conception to completion, while dealing with the many multi-faceted challenges of movie-making.
With a highly reputable and experienced Board consisting of American Entertainment Investor’s Joseph N Cohen and studio marketing veteran Andrew Fogelson, the Board of Directors have a proven track record of identifying, assisting and supporting successful companies in the media and entertainment space.
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