Distrib battles to release 3D pics in Spain

MADRID — New Spanish digital 3D film distributor SolotresD has inked with London-based sales agent Timeless Films on all Spanish rights to European animated CGI adventure “Animals United.”

Produced by German film production giant Constantin Films, “Animals” is directed and produced by filmmakers Reinhard Klooss and Holger Tappe, who were behind the hit toon movies “Impy’s Island” and “Impy’s Wonderland.”

“Animals” is based on Erich Kaestner’s popular children’s book “The Conference of Animals.”

SolotresD plans to give “Animals” its theatrical release in Spain over Easter.

SolotresD has also closed with Simon Crowe’s sales company SC Films Intl. on 3D animated feature “Sharkbait,” the sequel to 2006 toon pic “The Reef.”

Digital 3D tech company Xpand teamed last year with vet Spanish film exec Ignacio Puebla’s consultancy Vercine to operate exclusively in Spain’s 3D film distribution market via SolotresD.

First SolotresD release, animated movie “Garfield’s Pet Force 3D,” has been put back to June 11 because of the lack of digital screens for indie 3D movies in Spain.

SolotresD has announced the release by year-end of “Battle for Terra 3D,” bought from L.A.-based IM Global, while “Sammy’s Adventures,” from Euro stereoscopic 3D pioneer Ben Stassen, will open in Spain early 2011.

“Indie distributors have to resort to guerrilla warfare to release indie 3D films in theaters,” Puebla said.

“To recoup a key part of investment we need our movies to be well-positioned in 3D theaters for at least three weeks. And this is hard to achieve,” he added.

According to Screen Digest, there were more than 265 digital 3D screens in Spain by March. Forecasts say Spain will have 350 digital 3D screens by year-end.

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