Development starts on Long Walk

Screen Division and Lao Art Media have started development on The Long Walk, Mattie Do’s third feature film. Both companies collaborated on Do’s second film DEAREST SISTER, which will start its festival run in the fall. Penned by Chris Larsen, The Long Walk will tap into the SciFi genre.

SD adds Festival Strategies to slate

More and more Genre filmmakers are reaching out to us asking for advice regarding their film and the festivals they should register to. Following up with these demands, Screen Division is please to announce that Festival Strategies for indie Genre filmmakers has been added to its slate of services. Contact us for more information!

SD Keynote @ Imagine, NL

Last Thursday, Screen Division was invited to Amsterdam to the Imagine Film Festival to talk to Dutch filmmakers about the Genre film industry.

In a presentation called If Only I had Known, we discussed subjects such as Festival Strategies, dealing with Sales Agents, what Co-Production markets are and how to navigate the Funding waters.

More information about the Imagine Film Festival HERE.

SD@Imagine

Screen Division boards Monsters Within

Screen Division has boarded Alexandre O. Philippe’s new documentary, Monsters Within, as coproducer. Monsters Within will recount the dramatic events and extraordinary character dynamics that led to the creation of two of the foremost literature and movie monsters – Frankenstein’s monster and the modern vampire.

Philippe wants to focus on “the emotions, the jealousies and dangerous minds behind the creation of the monsters, who were basically created on the very same night, in the very same house, by Mary Shelley (Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus) and Lord Byron (The Vampyre)”. Therefore, in order to have form matching content, Philippe has decided to do it through an animation documentary, a very creative and imaginative method that has resulted in stylized, multilayered films like Waltz with Bashir. With several partners already on board (such as Paul Sullivan as the art director and Simon Boswell as composer), the film, produced by Kerry Deignan Roy for Exhibit A Pictures, aims to be ready for 2018, to celebrate Frankenstein’s bicentennial. (source Cineuropa.org)

The project was recently pitched at the Frontières Coproduction Market in Brussels where it generated interest. Alexandre O. Philippe is known for directing documentaries such as Doc of the Dead and The People vs George Lucas. Screen Division is already collaborating with Roy and Pilippe on 78/52, a documentary about the iconic shower scene in Hitchcock’s Psycho.

Dearest Sister is finalized

Mattie Do’s second film, Dearest Sister, has been finalized and is ready to go out to festivals.

Shot in Laos in Spring 2015, coproduced by Screen Division and Orée Films, Dearest Sister is the first production ever between Laos and Europe. It tells the story of a Lao village girl, whose only chance of escaping indentured poverty is to manipulate her wealthy cousin’s illness into dependence.

We are currently working on the festival circuit and we will keep you updated on the advancement.

From Mexico to Austin

Like every year, the Festival International de Cine en Guadalajara was overlapping with the immense SXSW Film Festival held in Austin between March 11th and March 19th.

Once duty was done at FICG, Screen Division flew to Austin to catch as many films as possible during the festival and to meet with producers, festival programmers and sales agents. 27 films, a couple of panels later and lots of sleep deprivation, we’re back in Paris sorting potential films for our clients.

Switzerland signs pre-accord for coproduction treaty with Mexico

The Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara was an exciting moment for Swiss and Mexican filmmakers.

Invited as the Guest of Honor 2016, Switzerland screened more than 30 Swiss films during the festival, showcasing the Best of Swiss production. Additionally, Swiss projects were part of the Coproduction market which allowed filmmakers to meet potential coproducers.

Annick Mahnert, who collaborates with Swiss Films, was part of the delegation who traveled to Guadalajara and helped set up the various meetings, also participating at the Bilateral Forum Mexico+Switzerland.

2016 celebrates 70 years of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Mexico and it was a giant step forward when both countries sat down to sign a pre-accord for a coproduction treaty. More about this event HERE.

Jury Duty @ Guadalajara

Screen Division was present in Guadalajara at the 31st edition of the Festival International de Cine en Guadalajara, where Annick Mahnert was invited as a Jury member for the section Largometraje Iberoamericano de Ficcion.

Fourteen films were competing in this section. It was an amazing experience, sharing the duty with Martin Hernandez (Sound Designer), Ofelia Medina (Actress) and Tea Falco (Actress).

A complete list of the winners can be found HERE.