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Sola Media unwraps Santa project

Australian 3D animation [pictured] is the Stuttgart-based sales outfit’s biggest ever project.

Stuggart-based family film sales powerhouse Sola Media has arrived in Cannes pre-selling its biggest ever project.

Australian 3D animated feature Santa: Lost Down Under has a reported budget of $30m.

“It is the biggest project that we have ever had,” commented company Managing Director Solveig Langeland.

Sola will be screening a promo reel for the film in the Marché.

The film, directed by Rob Nunn, is billed as a bold new Aussie take on the traditional Christmas story. Santa and Rudolph end up stranded in the outback just four days before Christmas. The producers are Diana Girogiutti, Ben Cunningham and Charles Glaspole.

Also new on Sola’s slate is another big budget animated 3D feature, the $17m Manou The Swift. This is being produced in Stuggart by Andrea Block and Christian Haas.

On the live action front, Sola is handling Dutch kids’ movie Secrets Of War from director Dennis Bots. Produced by Reinier Selen and Harro van Staverden, the film is in post-production. Secrets Of War is set during the Nazi era and explores the tensions between kids’ whose parents have very different loyalties.

Here in Cannes, Sola will be screening material from Norwegian kids’ adventure romp Captain Sabretooth and the Treasure of Lama Rana, from Oslo-based Storm Films.

Walt Disney is handling the Nordic release of the film later this year. It will go out on 300 screens in Scandinavia and is expected to be the first part in a trilogy.

Meanwhile, Sola is beginning sales on family fantasy Mara And The Firebringer from Tommy Krappweis. Constantin will be handling the German release. Sola has a promo reel here in the market.

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