Children's Film Festival a primary target

The EFM’s new bow in the Bau is proving a wow. That at least is the view of the Scandi contingent, just four day sinto the hustle and bustle.

“The market’s growing and we’ve closed 20 to 30 deals so far,” said Annakarin Wolfsberg, CEO of Denmark’s Trust Film. “The screenings are vey well attended and our Competition entry, “A Soap,” is getting very strong interest from key territories. It feels like people need films again, which hasn’t been the case for a while.”

Svensk has a big line-up of kids pics and, said senior VP Ann-Kristin Westerberg, “Berlin with its Children’s Film Festival is our primary market. We just sold ‘Pettson’s Promise’ to Bulgaria.”

The company also has a large catalog of movies, including Ingmar Bergman’s films.

“We just did a big deal with Mexico,” Westerberg said.

“The family film ‘Pinchcliffe’ has just gone to France. We also have six films of the crime novels by Henning Mankell, and another seven are in the works. They’re keeping us very busy. Since the AFM moved, the EFM is now the first real market of the year.”

Sales exec Karin Thun at Nonstop Sales also had some hot titles to rattle off.

” ‘Nina’s Journey’ won Best Film and Best Script at the Swedish National Film Awards this year and we’re getting a lot of interest. The same goes for our vampire film, ‘Frostbite,’ for which we’re negotiating Japan, Denmark and the U.S. The market screenings are full and the buyers are all here.”

Judith Toth, Nonstop’s sales and marketing manager notes a rise of interest in genre films, whereas a year ago it was dark-themed drama that was the main attraction. We all know foreign-lingo films don’t get much U.K. and U.S. interest so we’re very happy about this.”

Nordisk Film exec Susan Wendt pointed to deals for gangster-actioner “Johnny Was” has been sold to Bulgaria and, she added,”we are negotiating the Middle East.” Mobster movie “Izzat” has also got some heat, per Wendt.

“We were afraid about the move to the new building but everything’s worked out well. There are shuttles but it’s really only a five-minute walk anyway,” Wolfsberg said.

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