London-based outfit High Point Films, in Berlin for the first time, has concluded another sale on its Oscar-nominated Dutch title, Twin Sisters. The film (which is being released in the US by Miramax) has now gone to Sweden (Atlantic Film) following earlier deals with Germany (Kinowelt) and Japan. The major territories still available are France, Spain and the UK.
Meanwhile, High Point is continuing to strengthen its ties with the Dutch industry. The 14-year-old UK company which specialises in both theatrical and TV sales has built up strong ties with Shooting Star Film Company (for whom it is handling such titles as Peter Bell 2 and Bella Bettien) as well as with a host of other Dutch producers. Also on its slate at the EFM is Pieter Kujipers' Golden Calf winning thriller, Godforsaken.
'Thanks to our success with Twin Sisters, other Dutch producers are coming to us,' High Point co-founder and m-d Carey Fitzgerald told Screen. 'There's a lot of talent in Holland and we're really enthusiastic about the quality of the work we are encountering.'
As a newcomer to the Berlin, Fitzgerald is predicting the European Film Market will continue to grow - especially if the stand-off between the AFM and Mifed continues.
'The screening facilities are the best in Europe. I've been quite excited by this market,' Fitzgerald said.
Twin Sisters is the first Oscar-nominated film in High Point's history as well as the first Dutch film the company has ever sold.