Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Spanish Buyer/ Seller Event: Who's Buying? - Part 2

As was mentioned in the blog June 7, Madrid de Cine Spanish Film Screenings (4th edition) were held June 7, 8, and 9.

Organized by Spain's Producers Federation, FAPAE, this year's screenings included more than 50 recent Spanish productions to be seen by 132 buyers from 31 countries, including 11 confirmed acquisition executives from the U.S. Some of the buyers confirmed to attend are U.S.'s Venevision International, Magnolia Pictures, Lionsgate, TLA Entertainment, Strand Releasing, Outside Pictures, LAPTV, Sundance Channel and Regent; France's Indie Circle, MK2, Ocean Films, Rezofilms and TF1; Germany's Kinowelt International, Kool Film distribution, Senator, Arsenal and Universum Film; Japan's Nettai Museum, Only Hearts, Tokyo International Film Festival and Cetera; and, the U.K.'s Skyline-IFE, Soda Pictures, Dogwoof and Spafax.

The big question was, who was going to buy what. The resulting sales were made:

Latido licensed "Agallas" aka "Guts" to Sony for Spain. Spanish broadcaster TVE, backed the project. "Sex, Party & Lies" sold to Turkey (A Plus Films) and Bulgaria (Vadi Van Kris). "Paper Castles" was picked up in Taiwan (Swallow Wings) and So. Korea (Activers Entertainment). "Bejart, The Show Must Go On" went to Russia (Intercinema) and Japan (Cetera Films). "Ander" sold to France (Bodega Films), Belgium (ABC) and Holland (Cinemien).

Ascot Elite Entertainment has taken the remake rights to 2005 football drama "The Longest Penalty In The World" from Spanish production company Tornasol Films. The film will be made in German.

While this, as reported by Screen International, cannot be all the sales made, the question then remains...who is actually buying?

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