Paris-based outfit Indie Sales has closed a raft of pre-sales on Claude Barras’ anticipated stop-motion toon “My Life as a Zucchini” which won a prize at Cartoon Movie and will be presented at Annecy festival in the work-in-progress section.
Penned by critically-acclaimed filmmaker Celine Sciamma (“Tomboy,” “Girlhood”) and adapted from Gilles Paris’ “Autobiography of a Zucchini,” “Zucchini” pre-sold to Vertigo Media for Hungary, Folkets Bio for Sweden, Cineart for Benelux rolling off from Cannes.
“Zucchini,” which will be released in France by Gebeka, depicts the journey a nine-year old boy copping with the loss of his mother and adjusting to life in an orphanage. France’s Blue Spirit Productions and Switzerland’s Rita productions are producing.
“Zucchini” is one of the four animated features on Indie Sales slate, along with Anthony Roux and Jean-Jacques Denis’ vidgame franchise-based “Dofus – Book I Julith” (in production), Raul de la Fuente and Damian Nenow’s “Another Day of Life,” Xavier Picard’s “Moomins on the Riviera,”
“Moomins,” based on a best-selling Finnish franchise, has recently been released in the U.K., France and Japon, among other territories. The toon has now sold nearly worldwide. Latest deals were signed for Norway, Denmark, Korea, Hong Kong and Middle East.
Former top-level exec at TF1 International, Nicolas Escbach launched Indie Sales two years ago and has become one of France’s leading purveyors of arthouse animated features. The company indeed won this year’s Cartoon Tribute for best European distributor. Eleanor Coleman, an American producer and fellow TF1 alumn, recently joined Indie Sales to spearhead animation and transmedia biz for the shingle.