Fortissimo Films has reported its “most successful” Filmart ever and concluded sales on a raft of titles.
The sales outfit took a slate of new features to Hong Kong Filmart last month, including eight titles that participated in the Hong Kong International Film Festival.
These included Fruit Chan’s sci-fi thriller The Midnight After, which opened HKIFF and will premiere this week in Hong Kong on approximately 40 screens by local distributor/producer Golden Scene.
The film was also licensed to Magnum Films for Malaysia where it will be released in early May. Further sales were made to HBO for regional Pay TV in South and Central America, and Southeast Asian and Hong Kong Pay TV rights were licensed to Popcorn. Hong Kong DVD/video will be handled by Panorama. Negotiations for the licensing of the rights in China, Australia, Taiwan and other markets are expected to be concluded shortly, according to Fortissimo.
A number of additional deals were also secured on Diao Yinan’s Black Coal, Thin Ice, which won the Golden Bear and a Silver Bear at this year’s Berlinale. Included in these were an all rights deal for Hong Kong/Macau with Edko, which will see the film released in HK in early May, a deal for Poland with Aurora Film, for Mexico with Alfhaville Cinema, for Portugal with Alambique Films, and with HBO for the Latin American regional Pay TV release in late 2015.
CJ production Final Recipe starring Michelle Yeoh, which Fortissimo co-represents with CJ and handles sales outside of Asia, had several sales confirmed during Filmart. In addition, Fortissimo has now finalized a deal with HBO on the film for the exclusive Latin American premium pay TV rights for the second half of 2015.
On genre film Rigor Mortis, Fortissimo consulted with the film’s North American distributor WellGo USA and confirmed a theatrical release in the US for the film in early June. Furthermore, final negotiations are underway to see the film licensed and theatrically released in the UK in the autumn.
Fortissimo’s head, Michael J. Werner said: “This was by far our most successful sales outcome ever at Filmart.”