Harmony Gold, the US independent best known for its children's and animation properties, is stepping back into feature film sales and is in the market for pick-ups.
"We have lots of TV buyers looking for features right now," said Melissa Wohl, Harmony Gold vice president of sales and acquisitions. Speaking on the first morning of MIP-TV programmes market, Wohl said: "We've already had more feature interest from European and Asian buyers today than during the AFM."
Wohl is representing Dirt and Lana's Rain, respectively an action-comedy and a suspense thriller, pictures which have modest but not impossible chances of US theatrical release, but which comfortably fit the upper echelon of the movie-of-the-week slot and may play in cinemas in smaller territories. Lana's Rain, directed by Michael S Ojeda, was offered to the Cannes festival and is still awaiting a reply.
Wohl is looking to acquire more of the same. "It is difficult to sell films one by one. Ideally I'd like five or six. We're looking for films in the $500,000 to $3m range completed or in need of some finishing funds, which we are prepared to put up." Harmony Gold will then handle all rights except US theatrical.