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ARC, XLrator visit John Carpenter’s TheWard ARC Entertainment has partnered with Barry Gordon’s XLrator Media to acquire US rights to John Carpenter’s thriller The Ward, starring Amber Heard. Gordon negotiated the deal with Cinetic Media’s John Sloss and producer Andrew Spaulding of Echo Lake.

Basner scoops Take Shelter FilmNation head Glen Basner has taken on international sales for Jeff Nichols’ recent Sundance entry Take Shelter and has already closed a deal with Ad Vitam for France.

Germany, Turkey create development fund The German regional funds Medienboard Berlin- Brandenburg and Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein have joined forces with Turkey’s Ministry for Culture and Tourism, and Istanbul Film Festival’s co-production market to launch a German-Turkish co-production development fund. Up to $205,000 (€150,000) is being made available each year.

Jinga sells Iron Doors 3D Jinga Films has closed an all- rights deal in Russia and CIS with Big Movies for Stephen Manuel’s claustrophobic thriller Iron Doors 3D. Kinostar will release the English-language Germany-Ireland co-production on March 10.

Sola sends Turtle to Hannover Sola Media has sold Turtle: The Incredible Journey to Hannover House for the US, for a June theatrical release.

AWP captures Jabberwocky

BY JEREMY KAY Los Angeles-based American World Pictures (AWP) has closed key territory sales on its sci-fi fan- tasy Jabberwocky, based on a poem by Lewis Carroll, led by a UK deal with Artificial Eye.

Steven R Monroe directed Tah-

moh Penikett, Michael Worth and Kacey Barnfield in the AWP and Bron Studios production about a young warrior who defends his land from a supernat- ural beast. Raul Inglis and Rafael

Jordan wrote the screenplay. Deals closed for Russia (Film

Depot/Volga), the Middle East (Eagle), Germany (KSM), France (Free Dolphin), Thailand (United) and the US, Spain, Turkey and Japan (Syfy International).

Japanese sales agent Open Sesame has picked up international sales rights to Daishi Matsunaga’s Rotterdam title Pyuupiru 2001-2008. The doc, about the transgender life of a Japanese contemporary artist, follows his/her identity crisis, gender-change operation and performance art. Magic Hour is set to release the film in Japan next month. Jean Noh

CPH PIX to welcome Composers Award

BY WENDYMITCHELL The Nordic Film Composers Net- work has teamed with CPH PIX for the festival’s third edition, offering an extra spotlight on film music. The Nordic Film Composers

Award, one of the biggest film music prizes in the world, is

accompanied by a cash prize of $13,550 (¤10,000). It will be pre- sented at the CPH PIX closing cer- emony, on April 30. During the show, nominated music scores will have extracts performed live. “We have a joint interest in shedding more light on film

EFM weighs up indie finance

BY GEOFFREYMACNAB There were mixed messages about the state of the independent mar- ketplace, at the EFM finance panel debate moderated by Screen’s Mike Goodridge. Some speakers were striking an upbeat note while others highlighted the continuing difficulty of securing North American distribution. Paul Brett of UK outfit Presci-

ence Film Finance (backer of The King’s Speech) said that when he puts budgets together, his com-

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pany currently values the US at 5%, “even though it is quite possible for 50% of the revenues of the film to come from there”. He recalled that 20 years ago, financing plans would factor in the US at 50%. Brett, recently returned from

Sundance, noted that although business had been very brisk there, “95% of that business was US- based films for the US market”. At the same time, he welcomed the renewed optimism in Park City and during the EFM’s early stages.

music and film composers,” said Jacob Neiiendam, festival director at CPH PIX. The third CPH PIX, Copen-

hagen’s annual film festival, is scheduled to run April 14-May 1. The programme will be announ- ced on March 16.

Christian Grass, president,

international production & acqui- sition at Universal, highlighted increasing opportunities for indies. “If you look at Berlin right now, both from a seller and buyer point of view, it’s a very, very busy market,” Grass claimed. “The market is much more con-

solidated right now,” he contin- ued. “Films that are being sold are real films… I know it’s not always easy but there are a lot of possibili- ties these days for financing films.” Jens Meurer of Germany’s Egoli

Tossell Film noted the German government was “inventing one


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Greenaway readies Goltzius

The financing is coming together for Peter Greenaway’s Goltzius And The Pelican Company, a co-production between Kasander Film, Film & Music Entertainment, CDP and MP. The $2.8m (€2.05m) project about 16th-century Dutch engraver Hendrik Goltzius will shoot in Croatia, and Bankside is handling sales. Other financiers include Netherlands Film Fund, Rotterdam Film Fund, CNC and Eurimages. Also, Amsterdam-based

Submarine is preparing another Greenaway project, Eisenstein In Guanajuato, about Sergei Eisenstein’s visit to Hollywood and Mexico in the early 1930s. The script for the $5.4m (€4m) film is complete. Another Dutch outfit, San Fu Maltha’s Fu Works, is on board, as is French co-producer Clément Calvet of Super Prod.

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innovative funding initiative after another, which you can combine with regional subsidies and fund- ing possibilities… We clearly see a resurgence of private equity.” Meurer cautioned about “a

danger of there being too many films” when it was “too easy” to fund in certain circumstances. Panellists acknowledged that

banks were not lending against pre-sales in the way they once did. Judith Chan of Coutts & Co said: “The number of banks involved in this business has decreased. But the ones that are there understand the business.”


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