The Spanish Film Screenings of Lanzarote closed its busiest-ever, fourth annual edition on Saturday night after three full days attended by almost 90 buyers from around the world.
Spanish participants said the invitation of Latin American buyers was the most significant new addition to the event this year, with fourteen companies from five different countries in the region attending. Certainly the biggest deals closed were to Latin America. Eastern European television stations were active as well.
Filmax sold a package of three films to Gussi for all Mexican rights, including world premiere: The Bell Chimed 13 (Trece Campanadas), The Warrior's Heart (El Corazon Del Guerrero) and Impulse (Impulso). Cines Unidos picked up all Venezuelan rights on Bell, and Movie-Movie took home all Venezuelan rights on Warrior's Heart.
The deals follow on Filmax's recent sale to Lap TV for exclusive pay-TV rights in all Latin America on reality show spin-off OT: The Movie (OT: La Pelicula), which also sold to Sixtus for free-to-air TV in Mexico.
Lap TV also picked up exclusive pay TV rights in all Latin America on Lanzarote world premiere Life Tides (Nudos) from sales rep Aurum, which also sold comedy It Could Never Get Worse (Peor Imposible) to Televisa in Mexico. Romanian public TV picked up Lazaro's Girlfriend (La Novia De Lazaro) and El Cielo Abierto from Aurum.
Other sales included KWA titles Violet Perfume (Perfume De Violetas) and Ibiza Dream (El Sueno De Ibiza) to France's Colifilms Distribution. KWA also sold a package of six films to Romanian public TV, led by new release Don Quijote, Knight Errant (El Caballero Don Quijote). Lolafilms was negotiating multi-title packages to broadcasters in Eastern Europe and Latin America as well.
Among the biggest buzz titles at the three-day affair were Fernando Leon's San Sebastian Golden Shell winner Mondays In The Sun (Los Lunes Al Sol), handled internationally by Sogepaq-Sogecine, and a promo reel shown for new Lolafilms English-language title Song For A Raggy Boy from writer-director Aisling Walsh, which is expected to premiere at Sundance.
Other well-received titles included new comedy Torremolinos 73, period drama Beyond Desire (Deseo), thrillers They're Watching Us (Nos Miran) and Box 507 (La Caja 507), Argentinean-Spanish co-production The Last Train (El Ultimo Tren), and musical documentary Machin: The Bolero King (Machin: El Rey De Los Boleros).
The Screenings may be extended an extra day next year so that guests "can come relaxed, knowing they'll have time to do the same amount of business and also enjoy the island," said event director Teodoro Rios.
Another day would mean space for more films, and Rios says additional screening rooms and video booths could be incorporated. The event is also considering a petition by sellers and producers to provide stipends toward their travel expenses.