New distrib targets toons, feel-good pix

SITGES — Distributor Luis Froes and producer Luis Galvao Teles have launched Portuguese distribution house, Outsider Films.

First acquisitions are “Adventures of Zambezia,” the pioneering South African 3D animated feature sold by Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group, on which Outsider has bought Portugal and Spain; and Juan Carlos Medina’s historical chiller “Insensibles” (Painless), which Galvao Teles co-produced via his Fado Filmes.

Running from 1931 through Spain’s Civil War to the present, and charting multiple versions of man’s insensitivity toward pain, his own and others, “Painless” is one of the early hits at Spain’s Sitges Film Aestival.

Outsider has acquired Portuguese rights to “Khumba,” Triggerfish Studio’s follow-up to “Zambezia,” a Sony Pictures pick-up for English-speaking territories.

Outsider will bow “Zambezia” Jan. 3 in Portugal. A Contracorriente Films, the co-producer and Spanish distributor of “Painless,” will release in Spain.

According to Froes, Outsider will pick-up four-to-five titles a year, targeting kids’ animation and feel-good movies.

Galvao Teles said one reason for his move into distribution is because film production has ground to a virtual halt in Portugal, for want of subsidies and TV money.

Dented by the economic crisis, Portugal’s box office has fallen about 7.7% this year and admissions are down 12.2% compared with the same period in 2011, but Portugal’s market hasn’t collapsed, Froes added.

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