Industry veteran Helen Loveridge, who co-founded Fortissimo Film Sales, has announced details of her new, London-based sales outfit, Meridiana Films.

'This is my first active market,' Loveridge commented. 'I will be starting slowly, looking to build up as we did with Fortissimo.' The company will be handling both dramatic features and selected feature docs.

In the EFM, Loveridge is screening Megan Doneman's feature documentary Yes Madam, Sir about India's first woman police officer.

The film will be released theatrically in India through Shringar Films and in Australia through Odin's Eye. All other rights are available.

Also screening on Meridiana's initial EFM slate is Sadik Ahmed's Bangla western, The Last Thakur, which was made under a groundbreaking initiative between UK distributor Artificial Eye and the UK's National Film and Television School. Artificial Eye will be releasing the film theatrically in the UK in the early summer.

Meridiana is also handling jazz documentary Anita O'Day The Life Of A Jazz Singer by Robbie Cavolina and Ian McCrudden and Alitplano, the latest feature from Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth (Khadak) which is partly set in Peru.

Meanwhile, the company is pre-selling $8 million Owl Song, a Shine-style biopic of Aussie composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks whose career was cut short by a brain tumour. The film is produced by Australian outfit MusicArtsDance. Neve Campbell and Maria De Medeiros are attached to star.