EXCLUSIVE: Kristen Konvitz has joined UTA as an agent in the Independent Film Group division. She will work from the agency’s Los Angeles headquarters, reporting to partners Jim Meenaghan and Rena Ronson, who serve as co-directors of the independent filmmaking group.
Konvitz comes to UTA from ICM, where she worked as an agent in the independent film group. She spent more than five years at the agency prior to its acquisition by CAA, working there to structure and arrange financing, assemble and secure distribution for independent films.
Konvitz has negotiated distribution deals for dozens of films from major festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, TIFF and SXSW, among others. Recent projects include bringing Agnieszka Smoczynska to Cannes Un Certain Regard The Silent Twinswinner of the SXSW People’s Choice Award pretty problemswinner of the Sundance Best Director Award Palm trees and power linesand Spike Lee American utopia. Additionally, she brokered deals for several Duplas Brothers productions, including spin me aroundwinner of the SXSW People’s Choice Award Language course and 7 dayswhich won the 2022 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature.
Prior to his time at ICM, Konvitz served as a production manager with the film fund and production company Stay Gold Features. Prior to Stay Gold, she was director of film for crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, where she was instrumental in establishing the company as a respected player in the film and creative space. Prior to joining Indiegogo, she spent six years in acquisitions and production at independent film sales, finance and distribution company Wild Bunch, where she worked on such films as Darren Aronofsky. The wrestlerby James Gray two lovers and Leslye Headland Bachelorette. Konvitz began his career working in acquisitions at The Weinstein Company.
UTA’s Independent Film Group focuses on funding and content distribution for independent and co-financed films. The division has helped structure the financing and sales of big-name feature films like Promising young woman, Mauritanian, The father, hidden numbers, Bedroom, lady bird, The big sick, call me by your name, Me Tonyaand winner of the Cannes Grand Prix A hero, among many others. Past selling documentary titles include blockbuster features such as Icarus, The social dilemma, The biggest little farm, All In: The Fight for Democracy and On the fileto name a few.