Several German distributors returned from this year’s American Film Market with signed and sealed deals for new acquisitions.
Danielle Harris makes directing debut on horror comedy.
VMI Worldwide has licensed its upcoming production to star Dolph Lundgren and Vinnie Jones in multiple territories, including eOne Films North America for North America, Anchor Bay for the UK, KSM for Germany and Klockworx for Japan.
EXCLUSIVE: The money’s around, but only for perfectly packaged product. That was the message from film finance experts during a special roundtable discussion during AFM.
Market organisers on Monday projected data through the end of the market’s final day on Nov 7 and said the number of acquisitions executives rose from 1,523 in 2011 to 1,616.
CBS Films and Good Universe’s comedy starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline has commenced shooting in Las Vegas and will continue on to Atlanta, Georgia.
Benaroya Pictures made the announcement on Monday (5) and joins Goalpost Pictures Australia and Blue-Tongue Films on the drama, which The Solution Entertainment Group has been selling at AFM. Village Roadshow will distribute in Australia.
EXCLUSIVE: Imagina International Sales is working with Zeta Cinema and Antena 3 Films on the intimate drama about family relations directed by Marcelo Piñeyro (The Method).
The collaborative studio announced at AFM it has teamed up with the crowdfunding platform and greenlit Sharon Is Caring, the fourth project selected by JuntoBox co-chairman Forest Whitaker.
Josh Stolberg wrote, directed and produced the rom-com about the stories of nine couples on the night they conceive.
Joe Dante will commence shooting the horror thriller on Nov 27 in Los Angeles.
IM Global has reported a strong response to the comedy-musical Walking On Sunshine with Kylie Minogue and Gemma Arterton attached to star.
Miriam Segal, the producer behind Viggo Mortensen drama Good, has resurfaced with a slate of six new films with budgets of up to $55m.
EXCLUSIVE: Spotlight Pictures has come on board to sell Stuck Between Stations and The Oogieloves In The Big Balloon Adventure.
Red Sea Media’s genre label Dead Sea Media has closed the four-film deal with Enderby and its genre label Tony-Seven Films. Red Sea and Ton-Seven introduced the titles at AFM and Red Sea will handle international sales.
Freestyle Releasing has acquired North American rights to the sketch comedy and plans a theatrical launch followed by DVD and VoD through Freestyle Digital Media.
In contrast to the deadly Storm Sandy that ravaged the East Coast on the eve of the AFM and delayed the arrival of a number of attendees, the pace of the market itself some 3,000 miles away in Santa Monica has been far more languid.
Celluloid Nightmares has struck a multi-territory deal with Wild Bunch on Home, Nicholas McCarthy’s follow-up to Sundance hit The Pact.
EXCLUSIVE: Steven Paul has wrapped production on Dracula: The Dark Prince, one of 10 features he has committed to producing in the next 12 months through his group of companies SP Entertainment Group, Crystal Edge and Crystal Sky.
Peter Hoffman’s Seven Arts has moved into self-distribution and is lining up a remake of the family property Thomasina after acquiring rights from the late author Paul Gallico’s estate.
EXCLUSIVE: Cargo Entertainment and Australia’s Jump Street Films have signed a multi-year output deal and formed a financing, production, distribution and sales company to develop original Australian content.
EXCLUSIVE: Swedish sales outfit Svensk Filmindustri has closed AFM deals on The Paganini Contract, The Hypnotist and Marie Kroyer.
EXCLUSIVE: AFM deals for thriller include Germany, Latin America, CIS and Middle East; Intandem also attaches Sam Claflin to The Laureate.
EXCLUSIVE: Bac has closed a host of territories on its Icelandic and Mexican foreign language Oscar contenders.
Deals from Filmexport Group, Jinga’s UXB and Gaia Media.
EXCLUSIVE: Deals on new Nicolas Cage drama include a mid-six figure deal with Wild Side for France.
Momentum has taken UK rights to Altitude Film Sales’ horror The Good People, to be directed by Corin Hardy [pictured].
EXCLUSIVE: CJ Entertainment has come on board to close financing on SC Films’ family animation Jungle Shuffle, due for delivery in Q4 2013.
EXCLUSIVE: Musical Romeo and Juliet: A Love Song has been sold to Recidive SAS for France.
MPI Media Group has picked up US rights to Steve Kostanski’s sci-fi action Manborg.
CineTel Films has acquired international sales rights to action/thriller The Cure, written produced and directed by visual effects veteran David Gould.
Erik Lundmark’s Leomark Studios has licensed VoD rights to the crime caper Pinching Penny to Beijing-based JY Entertainment.
Ed Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group (CMG) has licensed Canadian 3D animated adventure The Legend Of Sarila to Luxor for Russia, Telepool for Germany and 5 Star Pictures for Israel.
CEO Kirk D’Amico has introduced the project from The Allegiance Theater to buyers at AFM.
David Garrett has sold hot new comedy-drama Imagine, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Renner and Julianne Moore, to UK, France, Australia and a host of other territories.
The synergy between the studio and independent worlds came into sharp focus on Friday with fresh developments on a pair of Paramount titles and, separately, Red Granite’s red-hot Wolf Of Wall Street.
Camela Galano’s Speranza13 has signed on to handle exclusive sales on Ileen Maisel and Lawrence Elman’s Amber Entertainment slate and has just introduced the company’s third project Stronghold to AFM buyers.
EXCLUSIVE: Adrien Brody is attached to star in the thriller King’s Highway, the latest title that Cargo Entertainment president Mark Lindsay has introduce to AFM buyers.
Tricoast Worldwide is selling Two Jacks starring Danny Huston, Sienna Miller, Jack Huston, Billy Zane and Jacqueline Bisset.
EXCLUSIVE: Buyers bite on Roger Michel rom-com Le Weekend as $21m sci-fi Our Robot Overlords closes finance.
Sales outfit The Yellow Affair has sold Mika Kaurismäki’s comedy drama Road North to Japan (Alcine), Canada (Kinosmith), Benelux (Bridge Rights) and Estonia (Estinfilm).
EXCLUSIVE: Transmission picks up upcoming horror Bone Tomahawk for “good six figures” from Celluloid Dreams.
EXCLUSIVE: Beta Cinema sees strong demand for new titles including Enid Blyton update The Famous Five and big budget adventure The Physician.
EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome and Madman Entertainment have picked up acclaimed documentary The Gatekepers from Cinephil Sales for UK and Australia, respectively.
Empress Road Pictures has unveiled a slate of horror titles, building on last year’s success with Elevator.
uMedia’s sales arm are currently in AFM selling Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Best Offer, starring Geoffrey Rush, Donald Sutherland and Jim Sturgess.
Intandem is teaming with LA-based Terrimel Entertainment to produce rom-comedy Holidater in spring 2013.
Splinter and The Grudge 3 director Toby Wilkins will helm Dead Sand, a zombie/war thriller that will start shooting in March 2013 in Morocco.
Capelight Pictures has acquired German rights to New Zealand horror comedy Fresh Meat.
Experts struck a mostly bullish note at the AFM Finance Conference’s Current Issues In Film Finance panel.
Deals led by raunchy comedy Johnson acquired from Salt.
The Global Media Group has added AKA Private to its sales slate.
Douglas Fairbanks Jr’s grandson Dominick Fairbanks has come on as co-producer on Poverty Row Entertainment’s Mary Pickford biopic The First.
Sierra/Affinity represents international sales on Werner Herzog’s period drama, which also stars Naomi Watts and Robert Pattinson.
Millennium Entertainment has picked up the 3D family animation, which has been a big seller for Cinema Management Group (CMG).
Lewis joins as svp of theatrical distribution and marketing and most recently served as evp and general sales manager at Summit Entertainment, where he worked on the Twilight and The Hurt Locker, among others.
XLrator Media has picked up all US rights from Darclight to the horror comedy Inbred. Separately, Freestyle Digital Media has acquired digital and television rights to Samsara.
UK genre titles Cockneys Vs. Zombies [pictured] and Tower Block, both written by James Moran, to be distributed by Shout! Factory.
The animated documentary [pictured] will be the company’s first release.
EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Kampe’s Visit Films has acquired world sales rights to M Blash’s The Wait starring Jena Malone and Chloë Sevigny.
Brazilian film promotion body Cinema do Brasil is presenting seven titles to buyers during the AFM including Brazil’s foreign language Oscar submission The Clown.
Danny Glover, Derek Luke and Brian Dennehy will star alongside Grammy winner Phil Driscoll in Saboa Entertainment’s true-life prison drama Long Day Journey.
EXCLUSIVE: Panorama Media will finance 999, John Hillcoat’s follow-up to Lawless, and is in talks with Cross Creek Pictures to come on board as co-financier.
Agreement sees Peace Point Rights service worldwide television, home entertainment and digital distribution rights for Stealth’s catalogue.
Leto’s documentary [pictured] won the People’s Choice Award Documentary at TIFF.
EXCLUSIVE: Celluloid Dreams has picked up Noah Baumbach comedy Frances Ha [pictured] and closed deals for France (Memento), Australia (Transmission) and Benelux (A-Film), with further sales imminent.
EXCLUSIVE: Wild Bunch launches international sales on Spanish director’s English-language debut which began shooting on a high-security set in Madrid this week.
EXCLUSIVE: ARRI Worldsales has boarded world sales (excluding UK and Ireland) for Brian Ward’s Indian Summer.
Van Hoy and Knudsen to produce with Redmond and Bekerman.
EXCLUSIVE; German sales company boards drama starring Binoche, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales consultancy 7&7 also adds thrillers Vampires vs Leprechauns and DEADlocked.
Korean’s Showbox Mediaplex has sold action thriller Confession Of Murder to multiple territories, including Japan (Twin Co) and German-speaking Europe (Splendid Films).
Paris and Hong Kong-based sales company All Rights Entertainment has picked up international rights excluding India to Manjeet Singh’s Mumbai Cha Raja.
Speakers at the co-production panel, held as part of ‘Hong Kong Day’ yesterday, discussed how Chinese audiences are gravitating towards films that reflect one culture rather than co-productions or ‘hybrid’ films.
Exclusive Media’s Spitfire Pictures will unveil its Formula 1 documentary 1 at a special event to kick off the inaugural 2012 Formula 1 US Grand Prix on Nov 15.
Peter Chelsom will direct the German/Canadian comedic drama, set to begin shooting in January.
AnnaLynne McCord, Zane and Viva Bianca have signed on to the revenge thriller, which Lightning Entertainment is selling at the AFM.
The acting royalty will star in the true-life drama, which FilmNation is introducing to international buyers at AFM. CAA arranged financing and represents North American rights.
Arclight Films has taken on sales rights to The Bronx Bull starring William Forsythe, Joe Mantegna, Paul Sorvino, Natasha Henstridge, Penelope Ann Miller, Tom Sizemore and Robert Davi.
Lionsgate Home Entertainment has picked up North America and India to JT Petty’s horror-comedy following the world premiere in Toronto. The Exchange represents international rights and is in talks with AFM buyers.
VMI Worldwide announced on Thursday (Nov 1) that it licensed rights on the Sean Bean thriller prior to the market for the US, UK, France, Germany, Australia and Scandinavia.
Kirk D’Amico’s Myriad Pictures will handle world sales on Castle Rock’s Wonderful Tonight to star Patrick Dempsey and Amanda Seyfried.
Panorama Media and Samuel Hadida will partner on video game adaptation Castle Wolfenstein written and to be directed by Pulp Fiction screenwriter Roger Avary.
Jinga’s cannibal horror Sawney sells to Grindstone for North America.
The studio has also come on board to co-finance with Annapurna Pictures chief Megan Ellison, whose Panorama Media is handling international sales on Bennett Miller’s Moneyball follow-up.
EXCLUSIVE: Harrison Ford and Zac Efron (pictured) are in advanced negotiations to star in the psychological thriller backed by Foresight Unlimited that Rob Reiner will direct.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales outfit boards rom-com The Right Kind of Wrong, starring True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten [pictured].
Toronto-based Breakthrough Entertainment arrives in Santa Monica with market premiere screenings for The Resurrection Of Tony Gitone, Summerhood and Please Kill Mr Know It All.
EXCLUSIVE: President and CEO Mimi Steinbauer will handle sales and debut footage at AFM on the drama starring Samantha Morton and Helen Hunt.
EXCLUSIVE: Ariane Fraser’s Highland Film Group and Delphine Perrier’s production and sales company Stonebrook International have joined forces as Highland Film Group and arrive at the AFM with a bumper sales slate led by teen assassin thriller Barely Lethal from producer Brett Ratner.
EXCLUSIVE: Voltage has closed key sales heading into AFM on its upcoming rom-com A Many Splintered Thing starring Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan. McG is producing with Voltage chief Nicolas Chartier and production is set to begin in Los Angeles on Saturday (Nov 3).
Distributor will release the film [pictured], the first on Parkland Pictures’ new genre label Darkland Distribution, in January.
Paris-based sales company also set to premiere first images from Jim Mickle’s cannibal picture We Are What We Are [pictured].
EXCLUSIVE: Kieran Evans’ acclaimed debut [pictured] stars Antonia Campbell-Hughes and Julian Morris as young lovers in Liverpool.
EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor Metrodome will exec produce and distribute the slate, with sales handled by Salt; production partners include Ben Wheatley’s producers Rook Films, Fulwell 72 and Black Camel.
Anthony Marciano’s film [pictured] stars Alain Chabat, Sandrine Kiberlain and Max Boubli.
EXCLUSIVE: eOne has taken multiple territories on upcoming action film Northmen – A Viking Saga.
Wim Wenders co-directing Shade and Light with photographer’s son Juliano Salgado.
French sales company will also premiere Omar Sy-starrer On The Other Side of the Tracks.
Vicki Brown, former Focus Features International sales coordinator, has joined Will Clarke’s Altitude Films as international sales executive.
Pete Ford’s Melbourne-based Resolution Independent has brought on board Wayne Duband, former president of Warner Bros International, as executive producer for Resolution’s planned slate of big-budget genre films.
Ryan Smith’s dark fantasy stars Steven Strait and Karolina Wydra.
Karl Urban, Willow Shields from The Hunger Games franchise and Taiwan’s Leehom Wang will star in the upcoming 3D family adventure.
EXCLUSIVE: IM Global has come on board to finance the action title starring Patrick Wilson (pictured), one of several new titles to emerge on the opening day of the market.
Voltage Pictures holds international rights and has begun talks with buyers at the AFM.
Grindstone Entertainment Group has acquired all US rights to writer-directors Michael Rasmussen and Shawn Rasmussen’s directorial debut horror feature. Ariel Veneziano’s Recreation Media will handle international sales.
Alex Walton and the team have closed a raft of major territories on the upcoming Liam Neeson thriller A Walk Among The Tombstones led by a deal with Alliance Films for the UK, Canada and Spain. Universal holds US rights and production is set for February 2013 in New York City.
XLrator Media has acquired all US rights to the horror-thriller in a deal negotiated with Ehud Bleiberg, whose Compound B handles international sales at the AFM.
Vesuvio Entertainment has boarded sales rights for the drama about the relationship between music promoter “Punkin Pie” Irene Laughlin and actress Lana Clarkson, who died in Phil Spector’s mansion in 2003.
Aldamisa International commences sales at AFM on the music-driven coming-of-age story from Jim Wedaa Productions and Maven Pictures.
The comedian will star in Triple Time as a US Marshall who must race to solve a conspiracy when the plane he travels in with a prisoner explodes.
The comedy stars Kevin Pollak and Ileana Douglas as a married couple who turn their ailing B&B into an assisted suicide business.
Jim Sturgess and Isabel Lucas star in Electric Slide, which has commenced production in Los Angeles. The film is a Myriad Pictures presentation of a Killer Films Production in association with Media House Capital. Myriad is handling international sales at the AFM and will partner with UTA on US rights.
The Presentations comprise a restored version of Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard on Saturday (3) and a chance to see finallists in the Levi’s Show Us The Way Short Film Showcase on Nov 7.
Focus Features International will handle sales on six titles over three years; Orchard Capital and Northern Ireland Screen also on board; most titles to shoot in Northern Ireland.
EXCLUSIVE: UK outfit takes world sales rights (excluding US) to Joss Whedon’s update on Shakespearean comedy.
EXCLUSIVE: Bill Johnson’s IF Entertainment arrives at its first AFM with the action adventure The Last Knights.
EXCLUSIVE: The highly regarded executive will operate alongside Graham Taylor and the core independent financing and packaging team.
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has UK rights to feature starring and choreographed by troupe frontman Ashley Banjo.
EXCLUSIVE: Elias Axume and svp of sales and acquisitions Jack Campbell will talk up the thriller, which has started shooting and stars Jason Patric, James Caan, the UK’s Craig Fairbrass and Shannon Elizabeth.
EXCLUSIVE: The star is getting back into the Stephen King business after the global hit 1408. New York and LA-based Cargo Entertainment arranged financing on Cell and president of distribution Mark Lindsay will introduce what is expected to become one of the buzz titles of the AFM to international buyers. Paradigm represents US rights.
EXCLUSIVE: Other buzz titles on TF1 International’s AFM slate include The Brass Teapot and Before The Winter Chills.
EXCLUSIVE: Goalpost Film and Goalpost Pictures re-team with writer Keith Thompson on historical thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: SC Films acquires 3D family animation Flying South and thriller Bullet ahead of AFM.
Part three of animated trilogy now in production.
President of international distribution Ruzanna Kegeyan arrives at the market with the first three titles since The Solution Entertainment Group and LA-based Siren Studios launched the genre production and sales outfit last summer.
Wild Side has made a preemptive mid-six figure swoop on French rights to the AFM horror Western to star Kurt Russell, Peter Sarsgaard, Richard Jenkins and Jennifer Carpenter. CAA and UTA co-represent the package and US rights.
The Santa Monica-based production and sales company has licensed action title Dead Drop, Liam Hemsworth wartime romance Love And Honor and comedy Struck By Lightning to Pinnacle Films/All Interactive Entertainment for Australia and New Zealand.
Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton and Jacki Weaver have signed on to the JFK feature Parkland. Exclusive Media will finance, jointly produce with Playtone and handle world sales.
The Civil War era thriller will star Olivia Wilde, Hailee Steinfeld and Nicole Beharie. Wind Dancer Films will finance and produce with Gilbert Films and Anonymous Content. WME Global arranged financing and represents North American rights.
Eran Riklis’ drama [pictured] premiered at Toronto and will have its US premiere at AFI Fest in November.
Acclaimed violinist David Garrett plays composer Paganini alongside Joely Richardson; Beta also showcases Uberto Pasolini’s Still Life and big budget epic The Physician.
East Coast-based industry professionals have been revising itineraries frantically as they attempt to reach Santa Monica in time for the first day of the market on Wednesday (31).
Camela Galano will introduce Amber Entertainment’s family adaptation to buyers in Santa Monica this week.
The producers have spilled the beans on the cast of Ti West’s horror film financed by Worldview Entertainment and IM Global genre division Octane. The latter will continue talks with international buyers at the AFM this week and CAA represents US sales.
Company will introduce the project to distributors at AFM.
Comedy stars Elijah Wood as sex therapist who goes through puberty at 30-years-old.
Ahead of the AFM, K5 has sold Status Quo rockumentary Hello Quo [pictured] to Anchor Bay in the UK and StudioCanal in Germany.
The Toronto-based company arrives at the AFM with worldwide rights on the vampire tale to star Michael Biehn. Raven Banner to produce with Unstable Ground Inc.
Ed Zwick directs Tobey Maguire in the Cold War tale of volatile chess Grandmaster Bobby Fischer in a welcome A-list project to drop into the upcoming market.
Hong Kong-based Emperor Motion Pictures (EMP) will be launching sales on That Demon Within, a cop thriller from leading action director Dante Lam, at the upcoming AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Warp and Crab Apple produce the emotional story surrounding warship HMS Coventry, which was sunk during The Falklands War; Transmission pre-buys Australia-New Zealand.
Magnet Media Group, Forrest Equity Management and the Film Finance Awards are planning a top-level International Film Finance, Production and Distribution Conference to be held in Los Angeles on Nov 5, during the American Film Market.
Worldview Entertainment’s eco-horror film is on the runway for a Nov 5 start. Exclusive Media will commence sales at the AFM and Roth will direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with Aftershock co-writer Guillermo Amoedo.
Brian O’Shea and Nat McCormick will attend the AFM with the real-life Bonnie And Clyde thriller to star Michael Pitt and Nina Arianda.
Carey Mulligan and Robert Pattinson will star in James Marsh’s thriller in the vein of To Die For. CAA represents US rights.
Other StudioCanal AFM buzz titles include Jaume Collet-Serra’s air-flight action thriller Non-Stop reuniting the director with Liam Neeson [pictured].
EXCLUSIVE: StudioCanal has pre-bought UK rights to ‘71; Protagonist’s slate also includes Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England and Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant.
EXCLUSIVE: Marjane Satrapi will direct Ryan Reynolds in the psychological thriller for producers Mandalay Vision and Vertigo Entertainment. Panorama sales chief Kim Fox will introduce the project in Santa Monica next week.
Jason Priestley makes his feature directorial debut on the caper to star Richard Dreyfuss and Tatiana Maslany.
Sergio Myers’ action film stars Patrick Kilpatrick and Joseph Aviel. Shoreline will kick off sales at the AFM next week.
Award-winning film [pictured] stars Japanese actress Makiko Watanabe as a divorced mother of two angst-ridden teenage sisters who she sends on a road trip to find their estranged father.
EXCLUSIVE: Slate also features new films from Patrice Leconte, Arnaud Desplechin, Santiago Zannou and Philippe Godeau and 11-minute Blood Ties promo.
Golden Globe winner Claire Danes from the smash series Homeland stars alongside James Marsden, Sarah Bolger, Thomas Mann and Jeremy Sisto in the comedy drama.
EXCLUSIVE: Celluloid Nightmares will kick off sales at the AFM next week on a pair of genre titles from Los Angeles-based XYZ Films.
EXCLUSIVE: Nicolas Cage will star in the Death Wish-style vigilante story that Emmet/Furla Films is financing. The project marks William Friedkin’s follow-up to the widely admired Killer Joe, which Voltage also sold internationally.
EXCLUSIVE: First title on the slate for the Santa Monica-based sales and distribution company is the thriller Dead Drop starring Luke Goss, Cole Hauser and Nestor Carbonell. Lightning will serve as executive producer and handle world sales at the AFM next week.
Founder Brian O’Shea and Nat McCormick will represent international rights to the hit musical when the AFM kicks off in Santa Monica on Oct 31. Anna Kendrick will star.
London-based sales outfit takes worldwide rights on Paul Hyett’s directorial debut [pictured] which premiered at FrightFest, and will screen it at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Bob Yari, Norman Golightly and Brett Morgen are the producers on Can’t Stand Losing You, which is based on the memoirs of the British rock band’s guitarist Andy Summers.
Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton will star in the rom-com and Mark Damon and Tamara Birkemoe will introduce to buyers at the AFM.
The Scot is confirmed while Kate Hudson is in talks to star in Born To Be King, a rom-com that Peter Capaldi will direct. Indomina Releasing will commence worldwide sales at the AFM.
Charles Band’s [pictured] genre distributor will introduce buyers to a packed slate that includes the tenth instalment in the killer puppets thriller.
How To Make Money Selling Drugs premiered in Toronto where it became one of the must-see docs at the festival. Lightning will commence sales at the AFM later this month.
Nancy Florence Savard directed The Legend Of Sarila and Cinema Management Group head Edward Noeltner plans to show a trailer of the 3D family adventure.
In a timely development before AFM that ends months of speculation, co-founders Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane announced on Wednesday (17) that Lee-Kim has arrived as partner and president of international sales and Jack will serve as head of international marketing and publicity.
EXCLUSIVE: Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures are producing the rom-com and The Solution Entertainment Group will commence pre-sales at AFM.
The non-profit and the Swiss watchmaker will host Hamilton Helps DreamAgo Connect during the AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: FilmDistrict will distribute the comedy in the US and Lakeshore International and Sierra/Affinity will jointly handle pre-sales when they introduce the project at the AFM.
Fortissimo Films has acquired all rights outside of North America to Matthew Miele’s feature documentary Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf’s.
After several rounds with the US majors, financier Red Granite has found a domestic distributor for its upcoming Martin Scorsese-Leonardo DiCaprio reunion, teeing up what is expected to be a deluge of interest from international buyers at AFM.
Market organisers said on Thursday (11) that more than 420 films will screen from Oct 31-Nov 7 in Santa Monica. Content is selling The Numbers Station with John Cusack while Easternlight handles the Chow Yun-fat The Assassins. The schedule includes 77 world premieres and 306 market premieres.
The events comprise a range of conferences scheduled to run from Nov 2-6 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica.
The classical music documentary centres on the multi-Grammy Award winning conductor Paavo Jarvi.
Vicente Canales Film Factory sales company travels to the next American Film Market with two new films on its slate: Daniel Calparsoro’s Combustion and Daniel Sánchez Arévalo’s My Family And Other Hooligans.
Advisory board Jason Blum, Cassian Elwes, John Sloss and Michael J Werner.
The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) has extended its deal with the Loews Santa Monica following months of speculation over a mooted move to L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles Downtown.
South Korean sales company Finecut has announced further deals from the AFM led by Leafie, Korea’s highest grossing animation, which sold to Ascot Elite for German-speaking territories and Conquest Filmes for Brazil.
As uncertainty reigns over the future location of North America’s biggest film market, the managing director of Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel said he wants the establishment to host the event after the contract expires late next year.
The distributor initially planned to make the announcement during AFM regarding Don Handfield’s inspirational drama starring Kurt Russell.
The ice hockey comedy starring Seann William Scott, Liev Schreiber and Jay Baruchel drew the buyers at AFM.
A busy AFM saw Exclusive Films International close a slew of deals on the upcoming F1 drama that Ron Howard will direct starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl. Peter Morgan wrote the screenplay.
Brake stars Stephen Dorff, Tom Berenger and Chyler Leigh and centres on a government operative kidnapped by terrorists.
Principal photography is set to begin later this year in Ireland on the story of a vengeful children’s clown.
The new entity was unveiled at AFM and will focus on digital and home entertainment releases and mount theatrical campaigns for select titles.
Tom Ortenberg, Gregory Chambet and Bill Johnson are among those who have added their voice to the movement to keep the market by the beach.
Todd Robinson’s submarine thriller stars Ed Harris, David Duchovny and William Fichtner and wrapped principal photography on Nov 28.
Both films sell to Mongrel for Canada.
The new LA-based production company led by industry veterans Edwin Larson And Scott Vandiver is backing the $20m project A Monster Problem.
A flurry of domestic distribution deals were announced on Monday [Nov 7], led by Samuel Goldwyn Films and Strand Releasing taking US rights to The Island President and Andre Techine’s Unforgivable, respectively.
Tanya Wexler’s rom-com charts the invention of the vibrator and stars Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jonathan Pryce, Rupert Everett and Felicity Jones.
It’s no surprise that Jennifer Lynch is smart and enjoys discussing the darker side of life but she is also disarmingly jolly considering that her credits include Boxing Helena and Surveillance.
Rap musical sells to Filmfreak.
Stealth Media Group handling sales.
The distributor has earmarked a spring 2012 release for the drama starring Shawn Doyle.
The sales agent has closed a raft of key sales on its space travel drama Love at AFM.
The distributor has prevailed in a bidding war to acquire UK rights to Summit International’s sold-out prestige title to be directed by Steve McQueen.
Daniel Calparsoro (The Absent) returns to the big screen with Invader, a thriller that sees a new collaboration between Morena Films and Vaca Films after their great success with Cell 211.
Busy W2 Media has taken English language remake rights to Arto Halonen’s acclaimed Finnish feature Princess, based on the true story of cabaret dancer Anna Lappalainen.
ARC Entertainment and XLrator Media have picked up all North American rights to the urban thriller 96 Minutes.