UK distributor Optimum Releasing is to theatrically release dark comedy thriller Ginger Snaps as a joint venture with video outfit Mosaic Entertainment.

Optimum and Mosaic aim for the June release to kick off an ongoing distribution partnership. The Toronto title, acquired by Mosaic Entertainment from the US' Lions Gate Films, tells the story of a teenage girl who undergoes an eerie transformation after being bitten by a savage wild animal.

Separately, Optimum has picked up French-language film Le Secret from Mercure and Suri Krishnamma's coming-of-age drama New Year's Day, produced by Stephen Cleary and Simon Channing-Williams as one of the last UK projects backed by the ill-fated Flashpoint.

Founded two years ago by Will Clark, Optimum is releasing Amores Perros in May. The company's recent titles include Born Romantic, on which it partnered with MGM/UA.