Spanish animation producer Dygra Films has signed an agreement with the
LA-based distributor Fantastic Films International to exclusively market its
titles worldwide.

The deal begins with the upcoming feature, The Spirit Of The Forest, sequel to Dygra's 2001 hit, The Living Forest.

'This agreement is a large leap in the path toward internationalising our
products and it is a referendum on the interest our films have generated in
the rest of the world,' Dygra president Manolo Gomez said.

'It will give us a global approach to international sales and an entry into the difficult North American market.'

Dygra had previously relied on a UK-based distributor, Lumina Films, and
even set up its own international sales department, but neither was as
successful as hoped for, according to a Dygra spokeswoman.

'The US market is practically off limits if you don't enter on the arm of
an American company,' she said.

Elsewhere in the world, sales contract terms could have been more
favourable, she added.

The Living Forest, Europe's first 3D computer animated feature, was seen by more
than a million viewers across the continent and sold to more than 40
countries. Its success helped Dygra finance its $8m production, Midsummer
Dream, which sold to more than 60 countries.

Fantastic Films will market The Spirit of the Forest at Cannes. An American
version of the film - with A-list actors to dub the main characters - is
underway. The actors names have not yet been released.