×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Indie Sales Ships ‘Moomins’ To Japan And Switzerland (EXCLUSIVE)

Indie Sales will unveil an exclusive teaser of "Moomins" at the EFM

Nicolas Eschbach’s Paris-based Indie Sales has clinched major deals on Xavier Picard’s “Moomins On The Riviera,” the comedy adventure toon feature based on popular illustrator Tove Jansson’s comic strips.

“Moomins” has been acquired by Japan (Phantom Film) and Praesens (Switzerland), among other territories. Nordisk Film will give the toon a massive roll-out across the Nordics on Oct. 10, while Gebeka, a top distributor of arthouse animated fare, will distribute it in Gaul.

Deals were announced on the first day of Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market, which Indie Sales’ Naomi Denamur is attending.

Produced and directed by Hanna Hemilä at Handle Prods. and Xavier Picard at Pictak, “Moomins” marks the first bigscreen adaptation of the beloved 1940’s franchise, and features the entire Moomin clan as they take off on an adventure on the glamorous Riviera.

“I’m thrilled to be distributing this  wonderful movie featuring the Moomins, which are especially loved and treasured in Japan, in their first original feature film based on Tove Jansson’s delightful comic strips,” said Keisuke Konishi, prexy of Phantom Film, whose lineup include “Philomena,” “American Hustle” and various Japanese toons.

Considering the creative strength of Japan’s animation industry, the sale to Phantom speaks volume of the toon’s all-around quality and appeal of the franchise beyond Finland. Indeed, worldwide fans of Jansson will soon be celebrating her centennial anniversary.

Indie Sales will unveil an exclusive teaser of the feature at the European Film Market which kicks off in Berlin on Feb. 6. The French sales outfit introduced the project to distributors at Toronto. “Moomins” was also presented in the work-in-progress session at the Finnish Film Affair in Helsinki. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Film

  • China Film Group's Jiang Ping

    Shanghai: China Studio Chiefs Debate Winter Chills and U.S. Rivalry

    The Shanghai International Film Festival pulled off the impressive feat of assembling leading executives from seven of China’s top film studios. Their discussion focused on the problems that have recently beset the production sector and the industry’s relationship with Hollywood. “The film industry achieved great things in 2018, but it was also the year that [...]

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping claps while

    Propaganda Films to Dominate Chinese Theaters in Anniversary Year

    A presentation at the Shanghai International Film Festival on Sunday shed light on the welter of propaganda films that will compete with Hollywood blockbusters for the attention of Chinese cinema goers in the second half of this year. This year is laden with political significance for China’s ruling Communist Party. It is 100 years since [...]

  • Leung Chiu-wai

    Tony Leung to Star in Shanghai Film Group's 'Fox Hunt' Police Action Film

    Hong Kong’s Tony Leung Chiu-wai and mainland China’s Duan Yihong will head the cast of the Shanghai Film Group’s upcoming “Fox Hunt.” The film is based on real live events and depicts the activities of Operation Fox Hunt, a worldwide anti-corruption initiative managed by China’s Ministry of Public Security. The operation seeks to find and [...]

  • Wings Over Everest

    Terence Chang's 'Wings Over Everest' Set to Swell China's Rescue Film Genre

    “Wings over Everest,” a new action adventure film from veteran producer Terence Chang and “Wolf Warrior 2” producer Lu Jianmin, is poised to join the burgeoning Chinese sub-genre of rescue movies.   The Chinese- and English-language film stars Chinese actress Zhang Jingchu (“Project Gutenberg”; “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation”), Japanese actor Koji Yakusho (“Babel”; “Memoirs of a [...]

  • The Eight Hundred (The 800)

    China Film Marketing Firms Must Adapt To Internet Age, Says Huayi's Jerry Ye

    Huayi Brothers Pictures CEO and media group VP Jerry Ye made no mention Sunday of the abrupt cancellation of the premiere for his firm’s highly anticipated war epic “The Eight Hundred,” which was set to be the Shanghai Intl. Film Festival’s opening film the night before. Instead, he looked to the future at a panel [...]

  • The Meg

    Chinese Script Development Requires A Different Touch, Top Producers Say

    Leading film producers highlighted the challenges of developing good scripts in China and abroad at a panel during the Shanghai International Film Festival on Sunday. Wanda Media GM Jiang Wei (aka Wayne Jiang) recommended that producers remain aware of the real differences between the scriptwriting process for Chinese productions versus international and co-productions. The fundamental [...]

  • Lou Ye's "Spring Fever"

    Shanghai: Previously-Banned Producer Nai An Now Hails Chinese Film Funding

    At a panel on indie film production at the Shanghai Intl. Film Festival, Chinese and foreign producers discussed the shifting funding landscape for their projects over the years. Nai An, the longtime collaborator of controversial sixth generation Chinese filmmaker Lou Ye, kicked off the talk with a look back at her producing career, which has [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content