Indie distrib targets TV, VOD on package deals

MADRID — Spanish indie distrib Cada Films has acquired all local TV and homevid rights to three Latin American pic packages as it works the growing ancillary biz opportunities in cash-strapped Spain.

Two deals — with the Mexican Film Institute (Imcine) and Argentina’s Aura Films — closed at Ventana Sur. A third, with Miami-based Alebrije Entertainment, was inked before the market.

The Imcine six-pic package includes four directorial debuts, most notably mother-daughter drama “More Than Anything in the World,” from Andres Leon Becker and Javier Solar, well reviewed at 2006’s Guadalajara fest, and road movie “Opera,” from Juan Patricio Riveroll.

“Opera” received completion finance from Carlos Reygadas producer Mantarraya Producciones, and won Fipresci and actress nods at the Cairo fest.

Aura’s 35-title sale features Marcela Balza’s noirish “Las mujeres llegan tarde” and “Asleep in the Sun,” a deadpan surreal comedy from Alejandro Chomsky (“Today and Tomorrow”).

Among Alebrije’s 10 movies are time-loop horror-thriller “Wake Up and Die,” from Colombia’s Miguel Urrutia, and John Human’s hard-boiled crime tale, “Money or Bullets.”

Owned by Rogelio Delgado’s production company, Teyso Media Ficcion, and Spanish exhibition circuits Cines Chiclana and Cineapolis, Cada’s main line is theatrical distribution, Delgado said. Cada bows Brazil’s Oscar entry “The Clown” next spring.

For TV-VOD distribution, which is non-exclusive, Cada picks ups festival selections comprehensible across the Latin world from 2009 or later, Delgado added.

Exhibitor co-owned, so accessing easily around 200 screens in Spain, Cada can offer theatrical outlets for Latin American pick-ups.

For TV — pay or free — and VOD, Latin American movies do not need to be dubbed, saving $6,500 to $65,000 in dubbing costs, an added sales asset in a now highly fiscally-conscious country.

“Latin American films should circulate far more. The common language is an important business tool,” Delgado said.

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