Distribution deals signed at the Venice Film Market
by Camillo de Marco
- VENICE 2014: The 3rd edition of the Market has come to a successful close, as the number of titles sold has increased. A good performance was also recorded for the European Gap-Financing Co-Production Market
The third edition of the Film Market at the Venice Film Festival, which came to a close on 2 September, saw the participation of 1,500 industry professionals, while the first edition of the European Gap-Financing Co-Production Market has proven to be a success, with 186 one-to-one meetings being organised among the 15 European projects and 56 production, financing and sales companies (Cofiloisirs, Carnaby International, Creativity Capital, Eurimages, Fandango, MK2, TF1, Pathé, Wild Bunch and countless others).
In addition, the Final Cut in Venice programme also recorded an increase in the number of participating partners and the number of professionals attending the screenings.
The number of market screenings rose compared to last year (34 as against 26 in 2013), as did the number of deals signed by sales agents and distributors. This is an up-to-date list:
The Look of Silence [+see also:
film profile]: sold to I Wonder (Italy), Drafthouse Films (USA)
Fires on the Plain: Coproduction Office (International sales)
Le Dernier coup de marteau [+see also:
film profile]: Palace (Australia), Lumiere (Benelux)
Dearest: Versatile (International sales)
Cymbeline: Grindstone Entertainment (North America)
Court: Artscope (France)
Short Skin / El cinco: Films Boutique (International sales)
The Goob [+see also:
interview: Guy Myhill
film profile]: Bureau Sales (International sales)
Melbourne: Microcinema (Italy)
Far from Men [+see also:
film profile], Return to Ithaca [+see also:
interview: Laurent Cantet
film profile], Ghesseha (Tales), Hill of Freedom and One to One are the other films that were sold to various territories. The market hosted an impressive number of debates and networking meetings (33, of which 18 were international). This year, a slightly lower number of stalls were hosted compared to last year – 10, as against 14 in 2013.
(Translated from Italian)