In the past few years a new group of international sales agents has been emerging, shining bright and bringing top titles to the international market. With eclectic line-ups that mix A-list Festivals top-notch authors with market-driven titles, these new labels are often founded by veteran sales agents and even sometimes backed by big groups.
This new wave of key international business players is conscious of the importance of exploring alternative ways of exporting films worldwide, boosting rising talents and testing innovative ways of marketing and promotion.
If you want to expand your film network and sales agents contacts beyond the “usual suspects”, take note of these names from now onwards:
BE FOR FILMS
Ex-Films Distribution international seller, Pamela Leu, returns to Cannes to launch Jeune Femme by Léonor Serraille in Un Certain Regard. Other key titles in their line-up include Black, Corbo and Keeper.
CERCAMON FILM SALES
In the market since 2014 and driven by ex-Rezo Head of Sales Sebastien Chesneau, Cercamon has represented several award-winning titles such as The High Sun, Pop Aye and Katie Says Goodbye, and is now launching Gyorgy Kristof’s Out, in Un Certain Regard.
Paris-based Charades kicked-off in Berlin and has managed to secure a few acquisitions currently in the production stage this Cannes and will announce its line-up very soon! Carole Baraton, Yohann Comte and Pierre Mazars, formerly of Wild Bunch, Gaumont and Studiocanal respectively, will be representing Charade’s upcoming titles at their office in Cannes. The Film Agency will be handling Charade’s Social Media campaigns for the promotion of their films from Cannes until their international launch.
Celebrating one year since its launch this Cannes, Film Constellation has proven to boost an eclectic set of titles such as David Lynch: The Art Life or Lake Bodom. Upcoming titles include Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton and Permission, which will both have marketing screenings at the Marché du Film and Been So Long in post-production.
FILM FACTORY ENTERTAINMENT
A game-changer in the Spanish film industry that has represented top-selling Spanish-speaking titles like Wild Tales, El Clan, Spanish Affair, The Fury of a Patient Man, Smoke & Mirrors, or El Bar, comes back to Cannes with one of the most awaited titles and talents this year, The Summit by Santiago Mitre, with Ricardo Darín and Dolores Fonzi.
With a line-up of 4 films selected at Cannes, including 3 in the Official Competition of the Director’s Fortnight, Luxbox is certainly starting to shine. A Ciambra by Lucas Carpignano, Frost by Sharunas Shartas and Jeanette by Bruno Dumont are some of the gems they will be handling this year.
Launched in 2014 by Charlotte Mickey as an arm of the veteran Canadian distributor Mongrel, this sales outfit has already successfully sold titles such as Biennale College’s highly successful The Fits, or Maudie with Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke. This year they bring to Un Certain Regard Mobile Homes by Vladimir de Fontenay.
NEW EUROPE FILM SALES
Up and coming Polish sales outfit, launching key European arthouse titles such as Rams, brings to Cannes Sccafolding by Matain Yair, selected at the ACID and representing Summer 1993 (Best Debut Berlinale 2017), Under the Tree (new film from the producers of Rams) and Tribeca competition title Holy Air.
Surprising everybody last year with top-award-winning titles like Elle, by Paul Verhoeven, and Acquarius, by Kleber Mendonça, this new label strikes back at Cannes this year with Love for a Day, by Phillip Garrell, selected for Director’s Fortnight.
Francesca Manno, Minerva’s Vice-President for 10 years and Nicola Tassoni, recognized lawyer of the film industry, launched Summerside International at the EFM this year. They will be presenting their line-up in Cannes including Mad About Her by Marcus Ligocki Jr, April Flowers by Christopher Tedrick and In a Lonely Place.