Wildlife documentary Turtle:The Incredible Journey has its world premiere in Toronto this weekend, then sets out on a theatrical journey starting in Germany, Austria, Italy and Benelux in October.

The releases represent a major theatrical launch for a feature documentary.

Produced by Big Fame, the joint venture between Film & Music Entertainment (F&ME) and Big Wave, and soldworldwide by Sola Media, the film will be released in Germany by 20th Century Fox on over 100 prints on Oct 1. Austria’s Filmladen follows suit with 20 prints, Italy’s Brave Films with 15 prints on Oct 22 and Independent Film and Kinopolis in Holland and Belgium on a total of 15 prints on the same day.

Ascot Elite will put the film out in Switzerland on Oct 30, while Karma in Spain is set for Jan 2010.

The release is being supported by the World Wildlife Fund, the Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) and MEDIA Distribution. Directed by Nick Stringer and narrated by Miranda Richardson, the film follows the fight for survival of the loggerhead turtle.