BAC Films

BAC Films is a French film production and distribution company. Based in Paris, the company was founded in 1986 by Jean Labadie, Éric Heumann, and Stéphane Sorlat. Capital shares of the company were re-allocated in 1988 when Vivendi took 10% followed by a 20% stake in the capital of the company,[citation needed] which allowed BAC Films to make major and ambitious acquisitions.

BAC Films
  • Film production
  • Film distribution
FounderJean Labadie
Area served
Key people
David Grumbach


BAC Films had an early success in 1990 with Sailor et Lula, a Palme d'Or winner at the Cannes Film Festival. The releases of Barton Fink and Tous les matins du monde in 1991, Indochine and Le Zèbre [fr] in 1992, and La Leçon de piano in 1993 placed BAC Films at the top of the independent film distribution industry in France.

In 1994, BAC Films started diversifying its activities with the creation of a movie theater subsidiary Les Écrans de Paris [fr], in association with Simon Simsi. In 1997, another movie theater business was created under the name Majestic, and the group underwent a reorganization, splitting into three: BAC Films (distribution); Majestic (movie theaters); and Séance Privée (special events). In 1998, BAC Films set up Mars Films to distribute its numerous acquisitions.[1] Two years later, StudioCanal bought an 80% stake in the company while BAC Films retained management control. It served as the official distribution arm for StudioCanal-produced movies in France.[2]

In 2000, the group was introduced on the stock market under the name BAC Majestic. Two years later, BAC Majestic was affected by the stock market downturn and was forced to give up its movie theater business. StudioCanal helped BAC Films by deciding that they would fully acquire Mars Films and have part-ownership of the film library, while financially supporting the company.[3][4] In 2003, Millimages took a majority stake in the company. Jean Labadie was ousted in 2007, and Roch Lener succeeded him as chief executive officer.

In October 2013, the company was sold, and David Grumbach was subsequently appointed as its chairman.[5]

BAC Films has distributed more than 420 films, 8 of which received the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.


This is a partial chronological list of movies released by BAC Films in France, with countries of origin and original titles where available:[6]


(*): Distributed by Mars Films

External linksEdit


  1. ^ AlloCine. "Bac Films se dote d'une filiale". AlloCiné. Retrieved 2019-08-11.
  2. ^ Marc2002-10-02T00:00:00+01:00, Francoise Meaux Saint. "StudioCanal grabs Mars Films, gives Bac new hope". Screen. Retrieved 2019-08-11.
  3. ^ AlloCine. "La société Mars films en redressement judiciaire". AlloCiné. Retrieved 2019-08-11.
  4. ^ "Bac distribution splits up". Cineuropa - the best of european cinema. Retrieved 2019-08-11.
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  6. ^ (in French) Catalogue sur le site officiel Archived 2013-03-12 at the Wayback Machine.
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