First Look Success Stories
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Portugal by Lauri Lagle was selected at the 22nd Black Nights Film Festival (Estonian Competition) and picked up for International Sales by TVCO.
Seltsimees laps (The Little Comrade) by Moonika Siimets was picked-up for international sales by Eyewell, won the BNK Busan Bank Award at the 2018 Busan International Film Festival, was the most viewed film produced under the support of the Estonia 100 programme (intended to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Estonian republic) and won the Best Fiction Film, Best Director and Best Composer at the Estonian Film & Television Awards.
Ptaki Śpiewają W Kigali (Birds are Singing in Kigali) by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze, in competition at the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, won best female perfomance (Jowita Budnik and Eliane Umuhire), was selected at the 18th Filmfest Hamburg, the 20th Rio Film Festival, the Scanorama Film Festival, the 2017 BFI London Film Festival, the 21st Tallin Black Nights Film Festival in Panorama Programme, the 62nd Valladolid International Film Festival, the 54th Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, the 62nd Cork Film Festival, the 58th Thessaloniki Film Festival, snapped Best Director and best Actress Prizes at the 54th Chicago Film Festival, selected in the Carmel Competition at the 34th Haifa Film Festival and in the Voices section at the 47th International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Jestem mordercą (I’m a Killer) by Maciej Pieprzyca won the Silver Lions award and best Screenplay award at the 41st Gdynia Film Festival and won the Golden Goblet for best director at the 2017 Shanghai International Film & Tv Festival. International Sales: The Moonshot Company.
Sufat Chol (Sand Storm) by Elite Zexer won the Sundance's World Dramatic Competition 2016 and has been selected to the 66th Berlinale's Panorama, 41st Toronto International Film Festival, won Jeonju's Film Festival Grand Prize and 6 Ophir Awards (among which Best Israeli Film of the year 2016) was selected as Israeli submission for the 89th Academy Awards in the best foreign-language category (Kino Lorber picked-up North American rights). Beta Cinema handles World Sales.
Avinu (Our Father) by Meni Yaesh was selected for Jerusalem Film Festival 2016
Que horas ela volta? (The Second Mother - formerly "Where is She?") by Anna Muylaert won the World Cinema Special Jury Prize for Acting (Regina Casé and Camila Mardila) at Sundance's World Cinema Dramatic Competition 2015, Berlinale's Panorama Audience Award 2015, opened the 21st Sarajevo Film Festival, won the Public Choice award at the 39th Göteborg Film Festival and was selected as the Brazilian entry for the Oscars 2016. The Match Factory is handling world sales (Variety article).
O Touro (The Bull) by Larissa Figuereido will have its World Premiere at the 44th International Rotterdam Film Festival - Bright Future Section 2015
Aspirantes by Ives Rosenfeld has been picked-up for World Sales by Figa Films and selected as opening film of the 50th Karlovy Vary Forum of Independents competition and won Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress at Festival do Rio 2015.
Nise - The Heart of Madness (Nise - O coraçao da loucura) by Roberto Berliner wins Audience Jury Award for best film at the 39th Rio Film Festival and Grand Prix (Top Prize) and Best Actress at 28th Tokyo International Film Festival and was selected at 2016 Göteborg Film Festival.
Ponto Zero (Point Zero) by José Pedro Goulart has been picked-up for World Sales by Film Republic.
Matar a un hombre (To Kill a Man) by Alejandro Fernandez Almendras, winner of the Carte Blanche 2013 (8.000,00 €) had a succesful Festival run, winning among many others, the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and Rotterdam’s Fipresci Award. Film Factory Entertainment secured its worldwide distribution rights and it was sold to France, Germany, Hong Kong, The Netherlands, the US and many more.
El vals de los inútiles by Edison Pedro Cajas Gonzalez nominated for Best Chilean film of the year, won Valdivia International Film Festval’s Jury prize, the SICA award in Mar del Plata and participated in Istanbul Film Festival and Vision du Réel. The film was released in Chile in May 2014 by Miradoc.
Volantin Cortao (Cut Down Kite) by Diego Alonso Ayala Riquelme, Anibal Jofré del Campo won the International Feature Film Audience Award and the VTR Award in Valdivia IFF and participated in the Rome Film Festival 2013. Latido picked-up international distribution rights.
Las lagrimas (The Tears) by Pablo Delgado Sànchez winner of the Carte Blanche 2012 (8.000,00 €), was selected for Rotterdam, Guadalajara, Cartagena de Indias FF and Hong Kong IFF and won the Best First Work mention at Havana Film Festival. The film was released in Mexico in December 2012.
La horas muertas (The Empty Hours) by Aarón Fernández was in San Sebastian New Directors, Zürich FF, Sao Paulo IFF and Göteborg IFF and won the Award for Best Artistic Contribution at the Tokyo FF. The Empty Hours was picked-up for International Sales by Urban Distribution International and sold to several countries, including France, Hong Kong, Norway and USA.
Mai morire (Never Die) by Enrique Rivero had ist world premiere in Rome Film Festival and participated to many festivals such as Huelva Latin American FF, Göteborg IFF, Sao Paulo IFF and Rotterdam IFF. Released in Mexico in March 2013, it’s International Distribution was handled by Ramonda Inc.
La Playa DC by Juan Andrés Arango was selected for the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes FF 2012 were it competed for the Camera d’Or. It also took part in Hamburg, Warsaw and Stockholm and won the Best Director Award at the Santiago FF, the Best First Work Award at the Lima FF and was the Colombian Best Foreign Language Film entry for the Academy Awards. It secured worldwide distribution with Doc & Film International and was sold to several territories including Canada, France, Eastern Europe, Malaysia, Portugal, Spain and USA
Chocó by Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza had its world premiere at Berlin International Film Festival before participating in Sydney, Biarritz and Mar del Plata and winning the Audience Award at Cartagena Film Festival 2012. Memento Films International with its label Artscope handled the film’s festival bookings.