Cinema Esperança is an international film distribution and production company based in the city of Toronto, Canada.
We focus on producing, distributing, and selling thought provoking and entertaining feature films and documentaries that are theatrically viable for both Canadian and international markets.
The company is committed to producing and marketing quality films & documentaries, in all genres, that are thought-provoking, entertaining, and theatrically viable. Special emphasis is placed on supporting new filmmakers and auteur directors whose visions can be shared with cinema going audiences worldwide.
The owner, president, and CEO of Cinema Esperança is André Bennett. Before becoming a producer and theatrical distributor, André Bennett was a university professor teaching courses in social and political philosophy at the University of Toronto & McMaster University, Canada. During the last four years of his academic tenure, Bennett used movies, rather than textbooks, to discuss basic concepts and ideas.
Over the years, André Bennett has developed a unique niche within the international film industry, making & marketing low budget independent features and documentaries. Further, Bennett has spoken at numerous conferences, seminars, and special events in both Canada and Europe. He has also participated on many well known internationa l film festival juries. Bennett continues to establish and nourish close ties with directors, producers, distributors, exhibitors, importers/exporters, broadcasters, international film festival directors and members of private and public production financing and marketing granting organizations.
André Bennett has helped launch the successful careers of several Canadian directors including Atom Egoyan, Bruce McDonald, Guy Maddin, Peter Mettler, and Patricia Rozema.