Fledgling international film and television sales agency ScreenOpus, a joint venture between US-based Severance Pictures and Paris-based MK2 SA, arrives at AFM with launch titles The Hide and The Golden Age.

Former MGM vice president of international sales and marketing Courtney Williams and former MTV International vice president of sales and co-productions Nicolas Bonard head the company and will commence talks with buyers this week.

ScreenOpus was set up earlier in the year and has signed deals to represent various rights to nine films and three international TV channels and has six films in development.

At AFM the focus will be on selling worldwide rights to the to aforementioned films. The Hide is produced by Poisson Rouge Pictures and Solutions Films and is a psychological thriller about two strangers locked in a game of cat-and-mouse. Marek Losey directed and Alex Macqueen and Philip Cambel star.

Documentary The Golden Age is narrated by Edward James Olmos and focuses on ex-professional football players, many from Latin America, who play the sport for fun in an amateur football league in the New York borough of Queens. Bristlecone Films, Scott Duncan Films and Reform Productions produced.

'We formed ScreenOpus to work with independent content creators, buyers and distributors of all kinds and from all over the world,' Williams said. 'We feel that they can benefit greatly from the expertise and agility presented by a small company with experienced management, global contacts and well-represented backers.'

'Our strategy is to establish formal and informal partnerships and output deals with clients and like-mind distributors from around the world,' Bonard added. 'AFM will be our first US market for ScreenOpus and we are hoping to not only introduce US buyers and sellers to our portfolio, but to this company's strengths in the global media space overall.'