UK distributor Soda Pictures is diversifying with the launch of a new international sales arm, Soda Pictures International.

The sales operation will put an emphasis on UK independent films.

This move follows Soda’s New British Cinema Quarterly initiative launched last year, to provide event-based theatrical distribution to British indie films that premiere at Edinburgh or London festivals.

The sales arm will launch in Rotterdam, with a slate including NBCQ titles No Greater Love, Honeymooner and Skeletons.

Adeline Colombier, the former international sales manager at Alfama Films, will head the new sales operation. She said: “With Rotterdam launching the festival season, it’s the perfect opportunity to officially present these titles and build on the sales already achieved in Europe, Asia and America.”

Edward Fletcher, Soda Pictures Managing Director, added: “I’m excited to be taking some of our recent British successes to the world market where we will be looking to find partners in both traditional distributors and emerging platforms.”

Michael Whyte’s No Greater Love, a documentary about cloistered nuns living in Notting Hill, has been sold for the UK, US, Benelux, France and Korea.

Nick Whitfield’s Edinburgh 2010 winner Skeletons, a black comedy, has been sold to the UK, US and Ukraine.

Col Spector’s Honeymooner, the story of relationship ups and downs in North London, has been taken for the UK and US. That film is launched in the UK this week through NBCQ.