TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL NEWS
Chris Ball and his team have acquired US rights to Liv Ullmann’s recent Toronto world premiere starring Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton.
The fledgling financier-producer-distributor continues to make waves, taking North American rights to its third film out of Toronto.
Gabriel Hammond and Daniel Hammond’s ambitious company continues to build its distribution pipeline and has announced the second major acquisition of a Toronto title within a week.
Richard Loncraine’s drama was one of the more favourably received acquisitions titles in Toronto and becomes the latest selection to find a US home.
The Toronto International Film Festival leadership announced the juried and audience award winners as the 39th annual event wrapped on Sunday (September 14).
SPC, RADiUS and Saban Films have added to their Toronto trophy cabinets, taking rights to Still Alice, Adult Beginners and American Heist, respectively.
Raven Banner announced in Toronto it has launched Northern Banner, a new distribution label that to focus on films from the vanguard of worldwide cinema for the Canadian market.
The distributor has picked up North American rights to Giulio Ricciarelli’s directorial debut ahead of Friday’s world premiere.
EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Kampe’s Visit Films has closed multiple territories on its current slate of films, led by Toronto selections Charlie’s Country and It Follows.
The distributor has reunited with its Snowpiercer star and acquired US rights to Chris Evans’ directorial debut.
Experts at the Asia Film Summit in Toronto discussed the growth and current issues in Asia and finding the key to cracking the East-West conundrum.
Paramount Pictures has secured worldwide distribution rights to Chris Rock’s Top Five. The comedy – written, directed by and starring Rock – received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last Saturday.
British elite drama starring Max Irons and Sam Claflin received its world premiere in Toronto at the weekend.
HBO Documentary Films closes first deal with Sky Atlantic following Toronto screening.
German drama debuted at Toronto this week.
Two acquisitions reportedly in the works have closed, with EuropaCorp taking US rights to Jalmari Helander’s Big Game and Millennium Entertainment boarding Madame Bovary.
As the second week of Toronto got underway, A24 pounced on While We’re Young and the hope remained that a deal for Top Five would inject life into what has been a muted event thus far.
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EXCLUSIVE: Toa Fraser’s action-thriller sells to UK, Germany and China, among others.
EXCLUSIVE: Hyde Park International (HPI) has licensed Ramin Bahrani’s buzz drama 99 Homes to StudioCanal in the UK and VVS in Canada in a raft of major sales.
EXCLUSIVE: The Lesson [pictured], Eva Braun, Golden Kingdom find distributors.
EXCLUSIVE: Melody [pictured] piques buyer interest after Montreal wins.
EXCLUSIVE: Alex Holdridge and Linea Saasen, the writer/directors in Toronto with Meet Me in Montenegro, are now writing an ambitious TV series to be set in 1945 post-war Berlin.
EXCLUSIVE: British Egyptian actor Khalid Abdalla talks new film venue in Egypt.
EXCLUSIVE: German, Turkish deals for Finnish comedy.
In a rare on-site US deal in this year’s Toronto, A24 has acquired US rights to Noah Baumbach’s ensemble drama, which premieres on September 11 and has already screened for press and industry.
EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate has snapped up US and UK rights in Toronto to the raucous comedy project, one of the sales sleeper hits of Toronto that QED International introduced to the market last week.
North American streaming service FlixFling has closed US distribution deals on six films including comedy The Infinite Man and crime thriller AB Negative.
Companies sign three-year multi-platform Canadian home entertainment distribution deal, launching with Man of the West [pictured] DVD/BR release in November.
Feature-length version of Canadian TV series is currently in production.
EXCLUSIVE: Deals for Corsan action-adventure, starring Sophie Cookson [pictured], Adrien Brody and Thomas Kretschmann, now shooting in Europe.
France, Portugal deals for Venice Silver Lion winner.
EXCLUSIVE: Multiple deals for Venice and Toronto titles.
Thriller centres on a poisoned former CIA agent turned assassin who has 20 hours to discover who wants him dead.
EXCLUSIVE: Tour de Force director to adapt TC Boyle’s cult novel Water Music.
UPDATED: A torpid start to the market coupled with concerns over the desirability of acquisition titles has left buyers looking expectantly towards reportedly a $10m-plus deal for Top Five.
Bloom has introduced international buyers here to the upcoming Michael Apted thriller starring Michael Douglas, Orlando Bloom and Noomi Rapace.
Steve Coogan will play the title role of James Boswell in an adaptation of the West End play Boswell For The Defence. Highland Film Group is in Toronto handling international sales.
Sierra/Affinity principals Nick Meyer, Marc Schaberg and Marc Butan announced in Toronto they have promoted Jonathan Kier to president of sales and distribution.
EXCLUSIVE: Distributor acquires UK/Ireland and Canadian rights to Michal Winterbottom’s Toronto premiere.
Aaron L Gilbert and Brenda Gilbert’s Vancouver-based Bron Studios, in town with Kritsen Wiig starrer Welcome To Me, has announced two key hires.
Cinema do Brasil is in town promoting two titles in the festival – Gregorio Graziosi’s Discovery entry Obra and Fernanda Salloum and Carolina Markowicz’s Short Cuts International selection Tatuapé Mahal Tower.
Arclight Films has taken on worldwide rights to the Chinese psychological crime thriller starring Archie Kao from Michael Mann’s upcoming Blackhat.
EXCLUSIVE: Producer Lars Bredo Rahbek of Copenhagen’s Nimbus Film, whose Itsi Bitsi screened premiered at TIFF last night, is now developing a big-screen adaptation of In Search of a Distant Voice by author Taichi Yamada.
EXCLUSIVE: Hugo Weaving is in talks to star in fantasy period drama Bird Eclipse, the next project from Ship Of Theseus director Anand Gandhi.
IFP will advise international film and TV productions “in the areas of film financing and the provision of technical services with a special focus on Germany”.
Venice Days BNL People’s Choice award winner sells to Benelux, Germany and Australia/New Zealand, among others.
Boom in French films at Toronto complements the expansion plans of French promotion agency Unifrance.
Viva La Liberta [pictured] and The Mafia Only Kills in the Summer secure US deals.
EXCLUSIVE: Rhombus Media, WTFilms and Canada Company are teaming up on the Afghanistan war film, set to begin shooting in Manitoba in late September before relocating to Jordan.
Keanu Reeves and his Knock Knock co-star Ana de Armas will reunite on the thriller Daughter Of God that Fortitude International represents in Toronto.
John Bain’s Search Engine Films has acquired Canadian rights from Edyson Entertainment to the Discovery selection following its world premiere on Friday.
EXCLUSIVE: Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has hired Jernej Razen as vp of acquisitions and development at the company’s international sales division.
EXCLUSIVE: Comedian latest addition to anticipated drama as John Goodman signs.
EXCLUSIVE: Breakthrough Entertainment has launched sales in Toronto on marijuana laws documentary The Culture High, screening in the market.
Shoreline Entertainment has been appointed sales agent of the W2 Entertainment library of more than 60 features and is in talks with buyers here.
Deals for The Nightmare, Nabat; plus news on Drive Productions and Petersburg Carousel.
Our Brand Is Crisis stars Sandra Bullock, who will also executive produce, with the Warner Bros project produced by Smokehouse.
John Sloss of Cinetic Media, Jonathan Sehring from IFC Films and Jason Janego & Tom Quinn [pictured] from RADiUS among those on panel.
Edyson Entertainment has closed a deal with Andrew Herwitz’ Film Sales Company for world sales rights to Guidance, which received its world premiere in Discovery last night (Sept 5).
EXCLUSIVE: Deals for Miss You Already, from Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, which starts shooting on Sunday.
Russian omnibus film to shoot in early 2015.
EXCLUSIVE: Joachim Trier’s English language debut, co-starring Gabriel Byrne and Isabelle Huppert, is currently shooting in New York.
The distributor has taken North American rights to Toronto world premiere The Last 5 Years starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.
Myriad Pictures is in Toronto with world sales on the Das Films and Sikhya Films Bollywood-hip-hop dance title from Step Up creator Duane Adler.
Acting CEO Fatma Al-Remaihi admits the Doha Film Institute is facing challenges.
International Film Trust is handling sales in Toronto on Mark Polish’s solo directorial debut Headlock, the first of two from the director that Benaroya Pictures will fully finance.
EXCLUSIVE: Soda brand continues to exist as the company expands to include Canadian distribution, starting with The Riot Club.
EXCLUSIVE: Lotus Entertainment has reported a strong response from buyers to Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram For The King starring Tom Hanks.
EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International has added a late addition to its Toronto slate in the form of History’s Future from installations artist Fiona Tan.
EXCLUSIVE: UK deal for The Act of Killing follow-up.
EXCLUSIVE: Other new additions include Jerome Bonnell’s A Trois, On Y Va.
Dennis Bots’ Secrets of War has already been sold to German Speaking Europe, Turkey and Estonia.
The Wayfare Entertainment co-founder and former CEO has joined FilmNation Entertainment in the new position of co-president of production and acquisitions.
TORONTO: QED International is introducing buyers to Dirty Grandpa starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron.
At a TIFF Telefilm Canada panel, four Canadian directors talked about current industry issues including film vs digital.
In the Basement sells to Austria, Denmark and Germany, among others, for Coproduction Office.
Deckert Distribution sells Martti Helde’s debut feature to ARP.
Any foreign companies setting up in the zone will see the local district company tax waived for the first two years upon incorporation and 50% of taxes payable in the third year.
Julia Roberts is in advanced talks to join Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow on IM Global’s remake of Argentinian Oscar winner The Secret In Their Eyes.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts will star in the romance for Jean-Marc Vallée, who jets in to Toronto for the Canadian premiere of Wild. Sierra/Affinity will kick off pre-sales in Toronto and CAA represents US rights.
The German actress has joined Nic Cage and Sarah Wayne Callis in the supernatural thriller form Voltage Films and Midnight Kitchen Productions.
The Exchange has acquired international rights to the Sundance entry and begins sales in Toronto.
Distributor will hold further talks about the doc with buyers in Toronto.
Sales outfit Stealth is to undergo a rebrand to become Phoenix Worldwide Entertainment.
TORONTO: Alex Walton will commence pre-sales in Canada this week on the Shane Black crime thriller starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.
Premiere Entertainment Group has acquired international sales on the Whitewater Films duo Match and 7 Minutes.
EXCLUSIVE: The Salt Company has licensed international rights to BASE jumping documentary Sunshine Superman to Universal Pictures International Entertainment ahead of this week’s world premiere in Toronto.
EXCLUSIVE: Chinese child abduction film to screen in Toronto following world premiere in Venice.
Next project from Danish director of Oscar-nominated The Hunt headed to Toronto.
EXCLUSIVE: My Life As A Zucchini is written by Tomboy and Girlhood director Céline Sciamma.
Pilot P&A fund launched at Sundance extends to Toronto.
Two former executives from Calinos Films have set up a new distribution company, Fabula Films, acquiring all Turkish rights.
EXCLUSIVE: Midnight Madness thriller from Astron 6 stars Udo Kier, Paz de la Huerta.
Telluride Film Festival organisers have unveiled two late additions to the programme that will premiere in the coming days in a move that could impact on the classification of one Toronto gala screening.
Company also handling Ognjen Svilicic’s These Are The Rules, which world premieres in Venice’s Orizzonti.
Nearly 30 sales companies receive financial backing to market their films in Toronto.
Kino Lorber has acquired all US rights to Bruno Dumont’s Li’l Quinquin ahead of the North American premiere in Toronto on September 10.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based sales agent to launch new film loosely inspired by “world’s worst soprano”, Florence Foster Jenkins.
Content Film has acquired international rights to the sci-fi thriller starring Brandon Routh and Caity Lotz and will show first footage to buyers in Toronto.
UPDATE: The studio has acquired North American rights to the Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin zombie film and has pulled it from its Toronto world premiere berth.
Magnet Releasing has acquired worldwide rights at script stage to the supernatural teen-horror film and will commence pre-sales in Toronto next week.
Forty Canadian and international producers will head to the Ontario Media Development Corporation’s annual International Financing Forum in Toronto.
TrustNordisk will kick off presales on historical action drama The Last King at Toronto International Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: In a bid to drive acquisitions, Toronto top brass are understood to be collaborating with select sales agents to allow festival staff and volunteers to attend four early-stage private buyers screenings.
French powerhouse’s slate includes Zac Efron, Ralph Fiennes and Tom Hardy projects.