Upwards of 40 films were sold at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, according to the folks at Variety. Of these numerous titles, 29 of them are currently on their way to distributors in the United States. Apparently the festival showcased a large number of potential money-makers, as evidenced by the total number of motion pictures that were acquired during the 11-day event.
Justin Cutler, senior manager of the festival’s sales and industry office, was extremely pleased with the number of films that were picked up for distribution. “We’re pleased that the Festival continues to provide opportunities for buyers to see films in a strong environment which facilitates film sales,” he said. “It had been a particularly robust year for sales and we’re happy that the Festival’s official selection will reach film lovers across the world.”
According to the New York Times, this year’s Toronto International Film Festival screened 289 feature-length movies and 83 short films from a total of 72 countries, many of which found homes at distributors in the US.
Lionsgate and partner Roadside Attractions, for example, picked up a number of films during the event, including Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, Stuart Blumberg’s sex addiction comedy Thanks for Sharing, and Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman’s Imogene.
IFC, meanwhile, snagged Interview with a Vampire director Neil Jordan’s latest blood-sucking thriller Byzantium, Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha and Jamie Babbit’s thriller Breaking the Girls.
Director Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, which stars James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, and Selena Gomez, was picked up by Annapurna Pictures, a company that, according to Variety, doesn’t have a distribution arm. Hopefully they’ll correct this problem as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, not every movie on-display at the Toronto International Film Festival managed to find a home; Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder, Rola Nashef’s Detroit Unleaded, Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children, Sally Potter’s Ginger & Rosa, and Ariel Vromen’s The Iceman were unsold at the time of this writing.