EXCLUSIVE: Matthew Shreder and James Andrew Felts’ production and sales company Continental Media has licensed French rights to the prison break thriller to KMBO Distribution.

The film premiered at SXSW and is scheduled to appear at a number of major festivals to be announced shortly. To date it has screened at the Shanghai International Film Festival and Champs Elysee Film Festival, among others. It won the audience award at Cinema At The Edge.

Bellflower producer Vincent Grashaw made his feature directorial debut on the story about a new inmate who refuses to buckle under a brutal juvenile prison regime. Coldwater stars PJ Boudousqué [pictured], Chris Petrovski, James C Burns and Nicholas Bateman.

“Coldwater is a hardcore escape thriller with breakout commercial potential,” said Shreder, who negotiated the Coldwater deal with KMBO CEO Vladimir Kokh.

“We’re thrilled to be working with KMBO and look forward to its theatrical release in France next year.”