AFM Diary: Success at American Film Market 2008

afm_diary1.pngBY AUSTIN BURBRIDGE. SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA (CINEMA MINIMA) — Despite a remarkably difficult moment for sales, independently-financed movies are finding distribution at the 2008 American Film Market. Devin Carter of Koan reports sales in several territories for its fantasy-adventure DRAGON HUNTER. On the strength of this good news, “We are already preparing a sequel,” Mr Carter remarked with a grin, adding that his firm would be putting its resources into satisfying demand for fantasy — family drama and comedy may get short shrift in the coming production cycle.

Ian Brady and Stephen Salter — principals of UK independent production and financing company Foundation Films — report that its finished film THE CREW by Adrian Vitoria will be distributed in the United Kingdom by Momentum Pictures; and that it has begun to close international deals; the first of which will be signed today 2008 November 9 Sunday, for Australia.

Daniel Lesœur reports intense interest in Eurociné‘s latest film — now in production — Jiří Barta‘s animated feature IN THE ATTIC. He also brings to the market Eurociné’s incredibly deep — and remarkably wide — catalogue of classics and cult films spanning action, horror, family, and erotic genres.

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Austin Burbridge

Austin Burbridge is Executive Editor of Cinema Minima for Movie Makers Worldwide. He co-founded Cinema Minima in 1997. In 2007 he started its initiatives, "Sustainable Cinema," and "Far From Hollywood." He works at TBWA\ Media Arts Lab and TBWA\ MAL\ FOR GOOD.

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