Forget trolling the Palais. All you need to pick up a film in Cannes this year is a PayPal account.
Indie producer-director Melissa Balin will sell distrib rights to her pic, called “FreezerBurn: The Movie,” on auction site eBay during the Cannes film fest.
Pic is billed as dark comedy and “contemporary Hamlet” in which the cast of a TV show called “Freezer Burn” reunites for their 20th anni. A quadruple homicide ensues.
Blasts from the past Hal Linden, Rachel Hunter, David Faustino, Robert Hays, Dick Van Patten and Ted Raimi star. (Pic also is a family affair, exec produced by Melissa’s brother Brandon Balin, and co-starring the sibs’ parents Richard and Rochelle.)
Balin says she’s going the eBay route in part to explore new distribution and tech possibilities.
She’s also making light of the fest acquisitions slogs. (She made a reel for Sundance poking fun at the general desperation for distribution in which she wore kneepads and a tutu.)
“Selling your movie can be a horrible experience,” she says. “So I thought, ‘Let’s have fun with this.’ Indie movies don’t get a fair shake, so I thought I’d market the actual selling of the rights to your movie.”
Pic will be available in 37 territories during the May 17-23 auction.
EBay says it’s the first they’ve heard of international distribution rights to a film being sold off through the site, and Balin’s donating 10% of the sale from each territory to charity .
“This is the first thing I’m selling on eBay,” says Balin, whose previous producing credits include the 2003 comedy “Ice Maker.” “They said, ‘Don’t you want to start with a coaster or something?’ “