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 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 two films with first-time female directors: Sci-fi thriller WARNING, starring 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; 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 was released in Australian theaters. Upcoming announced projects for Cybill include The Mirage Man with Oscar-winner Steven Zaillian producing set up at 20th Century Studios.
Cybill executive produced PAY THE GHOST starring Nicolas Cage and Sarah Wayne Callies by Academy Award-nominee Uli Edel released by RLJ Entertainment, produced AFTER THE DARK (aka The Philosophers) starring James D’Arcy and an ensemble young cast nominated for Best Picture in the Official Fantàstic Competition at Sitges Film Festival 2013 released by Phase4 Films/E1 Studios, 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. Cybill has always supported emerging first-time female filmmakers by producing them into award-winning short films and showcasing their work at film festivals.
In New York, she raised capital from European banks to build proton radiotherapy cancer treatment facilities in the U.S., funding the nation’s first two private practice proton centers treating thousands of patients a year. Cybill worked on Wall Street at investment bank CIBC World Markets’ technology, media and telecom group where she advised senior management on equity, debt, private placements and M&A deals totaling over $1 billion.
As the Chairperson of Girls Quest Young Professionals Committee, Cybill raised funds, awareness, and provided mentorship, nurturing girls from low-income families in New York City, a non-profit focused on building teenage girls’ social competence and confidence. At the young age of 28, she was invited to sit on the Board of Directors of Girls Quest.
Cybill graduated with High Distinction (Suma Cum Laude) in 2003 from the University of Toronto earning a BBA degree. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Women In Leadership Program at the UC Santa Barbara PaCE program and is a member of the PGA (Producers Guild of America).
Born in Hong Kong, raised in Toronto, Cybill danced ballet, Chinese dance, played the piano, the flute, competed in cheerleading, and starred in many local television commercials. Her parents owned a piano store while her mother was a Cantonese opera singer and founded Starlight Cantonese Opera.
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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