Pic won Midnighter award at film festival

Cinedigm and New Video have jointly nabbed U.S. distribution rights to “Citadel,” Ciaran Foy’s Dublin-set chiller that recently world preemed at Austin’s SXSW Film Festival, where it won the Midnighter aud award.

Pic marks the first scripted acquisition under the recently announced pact between the two companies to buy and distribute indie titles theatrically in North America via Cinedigm and across New Video’s on-demand, digital and homevideo platforms.

“Citadel” is an Irish/Scottish co-production, produced by Katie Holly of Blinder Films and Brian Coffey of Sigma Films, and is funded by the Bord Scannan na hEireann/Irish Film Board, Creative Scotland, Section 481 and U.K. Tax Credit.

Kieron J. Walsh, Gillian Berrie and David Mackenzie served as exec producers.

The filmmakers were represented in the negotiation by Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films and the UTA Independent Film Group.

“Citadel” stars Welsh actor Aneurin Barnard (who also starred in SXSW title “Hunky Dory”) as a young widowed father battling agoraphobia in a rundown inner-city project where feral children inhabit an abandoned block tower and prowl by night.

” ‘Citadel’ is a disturbing, powerful and altogether original psychological horror film,” commented Cinedigm Entertainment Group COO Bob Fiorella. “Garnering remarkable reviews for first-time writer-director Ciaran Foy, we believe ‘Citadel’ is poised to find a wide U.S. audience, and we are unbelievably proud to make it the first scripted acquisition in our new joint venture.”

“Ciaran Foy clearly made his mark at SXSW as a rising star with incredible talent,” said New Video co-prexy Susan Margolin.

Robbie Allen, portfolio manager of Film at Creative Scotland added, “We are delighted that the successful launch of ‘Citadel’ at SXSW has resulted in this distribution deal. It’s great that audiences in the US will get to see this film, which is a wonderful example of what can be achieved when Irish and Scottish talent work in partnership.”

Cinedigm, a division of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp., plans to open “Citadel” this fall, with New Video rolling the pic out on its platforms in early 2013.

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