Sundance Selects Goes ‘Dancing in Jaffa’

New York distributor takes North American rights to Tribeca Film Festival alum

Gotham-based distributor Sundance Selects has picked up North American rights to “Dancing in Jaffa,” the doc that bowed earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival.

An exact release strategy has not yet been locked for Hilla Medalia’s film about a ballroom dancer who teaches classroom dancing to a diverse mix of kids across five different schools in Jaffa, Israel. Sundance Selects, which is owned and operated by AMC Networks along with sister distribs IFC Films and IFC Midnight, has previously had good luck with past terp docs “Pina,” about the work of choreographer Pina Bausch, and ballet-centric “First Position.”

Diane Nabatoff, Neta Zwebner-Zaibert and Medalia produced “Dancing in Jaffa” with co-producer Keshet Broadcasting and a team of exec producers that included Morgan Spurlock, La Toya Jackson and Nigel Lythgoe, among others. Distribution deal was pacted by Sundance Selects’ Jeff Deutchman with Preferred Content and UTA Independent Film Group.

After its world preem at Tribeca, the film went on to play the Sydney Film Festival earlier this month.

“Dancing in Jaffa” joins a Sundance Selects lineup that includes fest-circuit buzzmagnets including Alexandre Moors’  “Blue Caprice,” Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Blue is the Warmest Color,” Roman Polanski’s “Venus in Fur” and Francois Ozon’s  “Young and Beautiful.”

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