FOUNDED IN 2000, MICROCINEMA INTERNATIONAL is a leading international rights manager, exhibitor, and specialty markets distributor of the "moving image arts". Microcinema International specializes in the acquisition, exhibition, and distribution of independently produced works of an artistic and socially-relevant nature.

Our mission is to seek out, curate, exhibit, promote, and distribute compelling works to a broad audience via existing and emerging mediums. This mission is realized through exhibition-based events, web-based platforms, educational outreach, modern marketing techniques, and electronic and physical distribution.

Through Microcinema International and Microcinema Europe, a unique and diverse catalog of international DVD titles are distributed into retail, wholesale, online, and institutional sales channels worldwide. New delivery platforms such as mobile, video on demand, podcasting, and mobile telephony are also used to reach new audiences around the globe.

The latest division of Microcinema, Microcinema Visuals, is a global aggregator, distributor and exhibitor of moving image digital art content for viewing across multiple platforms and environments. Microcinema Visuals is rapidly expanding to serve the rising popularity of ambient media and digital art in public and private spaces delivered via in-home and personal digital devices or digital-out-of-home or DOOH signage systems.

The Founders

Patrick Kwiatkowski
Patrick Kwiatkowski

Patrick Kwiatkowski co-founded Microcinema, Inc in 2000. He has over 20 years of international sales, marketing, distribution, and business development expertise with private and Fortune 500 corporations, including many years as a product manager with the international Chemical Division of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in France. He received a MBA from the University of Chicago and a chemical engineering degree from Michigan State University.

Born in Michigan, Patrick has resided in numerous places including Akron, Chicago, San Francisco, Cleveland, Paris, France and now Houston. Active in commercial and independent radio for 10 years prior to forming Microcinema, he created, produced, and hosted Ketchup and Marmalade, a 2-hour alternative music weekly in French, on radio OUI FM Paris, France as well as radio shows in Chicago and San Francisco.

Some of the numerous panels and roundtables at film festivals and events Patrick has been invited on include the SXSW Film Festival, NALIP, Cleveland International Film Festival, FIFA Montreal, and CPX:DOX Copenhagen as well as many others.

Active in the Houston community, Patrick is a founding board member and now advisory board member of the Houston Cinema Arts Society, as well as an executive board member of Southwest Alternate Media Project SWAMP. Also a board member of the Neartown Little League in Houston, he received the Volunteer of the Year award in 2011.

Joel Bachar
Joel S. Bachar

Joel S. Bachar founded Blackchair Productions in Seattle in 1992. Since 1996, Blackchair Productions has curated and promoted Independent Exposure; a monthly Microcinema screening that has programmed over 2000 short works to audiences in 45 countries plus Palestine and Antarctica. Independent Exposure has been sponsored by Panasonic since 2004.

In January of 2000, Bachar and Patrick Kwiatkowski co-founded a new company, Microcinema International and in December of 2003, Microcinema International formed Microcinema DVD, a retail and wholesale distributor of international moving image arts on DVD, representing DVD titles of world renowned artists such as William Wegman, Robert Rauschenberg, Edward Hopper, Bill Plympton, James Turrell, Bill Viola, John Cage, as well as many other animators and documentary filmmakers.

Joel also has co-founded and been involved in the promotion of several other organizations: "Satellites: Screens from Outer Spaces", the yearly alternative media festival to the Seattle International Film Festival; the 2nd and 3rd Annual Seattle Underground Film Festival; the D.Film Digital Film Festival and finally the Seattle Independent Film and Video Consortium, an inter-organizational and inter-disciplinary network and community. In 1999, Joel was invited to sit on Seattle Mayor Paul Schell's Arts Task Force, which was responsible for making recommendations to the Mayor regarding the future of the Arts in Seattle. He also has been a member of the National Nominating Committee for the 1998 and 1999 Rockefeller Foundation's Film and Video Fellowship, and has sat on numerous arts granting panels and film festival juries.

Joel and his activities have been featured in numerous press including The San Francisco Chronicle, The Seattle Times, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Wired Magazine, IndieWIRE, National Public Radio, and PBS. He also has been published in Movie Maker Magazine for an article he co-wrote about the history of Microcinemas. Since moving to San Francisco in 2001, Joel has acted as Publicist for the 45th San Francisco International Film Festival and the 25th Mill Valley Film Festival, and was Publicist and Programmer at the Roxie Cinema in San Francisco. Most recently, Bachar served as a Board Member for the Association of Independent Film and Video Makers in New York City and was a nominator for the 2006 Phelan Awards.