Irish films rack up global distributors
by Naman Ramachandran
The Weinstein Company has acquired North American and UK rights to Luc Vinciguerra's Santa’s Apprentice, the animated Christmas movie produced by France’s Gaumont/Alphanim in co-production with Australia-based Avrill Stark Entertainment and in association with Irish animation company Cartoon Saloon. It is due to be released in France by Gaumont later this month.
Universum in Germany, Odeon in Greece, Victory Prod in Benelux, Cinemax in CIS, Four Star in Middle East, Yenibir in Turkey, Vision in Poland, Lusomundo in Portugal, Monopole Pathe in Switzerland, Weg in India, PT Amero in Indonesia, and HBO in Latin America have also acquired the film.
Indomina Releasing has acquired the North American rights for Colm McCarthy’s drama Outcast. The film was produced by Brendan McCarthy and John McDonnell for Fantastic Films and MaKar Films and was financed by the Irish Film Board (IFB), Scottish Screen, Bankside Films and Headgear Films with sales being handled by Bankside. The film will be released in Ireland later this year.
Lastly, sales agent Wild Bunch has sold Mary Harron’s The Moth Diaries to Scandinavia (Pan Vision) and some smaller territories at the recently concluded AFM.
Starring Irish actress Sarah Bolger along with Lily Cole and Scott Speedman the film is an erotic vampire drama. David Collins for Samson Films produced the Irish-Canadian co-production in association with Strada Films and Mediamax, and financing from the IFB, Telefilm Canada, Alliance and Lionsgate.