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Winter Rights Roundup 2015-2016: Sundance and Berlin

Winter Rights Roundup 2015-2016: Sundance and Berlin

The Rights Roundup is the most comprehensive listing of licensing of film rights at the current markets. It lists the current International Sales Agents (ISAs) alphabetically, A through Z, and their reported sales at the chief winter events – in this case the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlinale Fest and European Film Market (EFM) of the Winter 2016.

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The international sales agents (ISAs) are listed alphabetically and the sales are those reported to SydneysBuzz or to other trades. The author makes no claim to be comprehensive or even 100% correct. Titles show which distributors have licensed rights along with territories of the distributors as they are reported. When prices have been mentioned, they are included.

In order to assist professional research when more information is needed, international sales agents and distributors link to their own company websites and include links as well to Cinando and IMDbPro. Titles link to Cinando. If Cinando is not appropriate or does not have the title, then titles will link to IMDbPro. Occasionally they will link to the Festival because the former are not available. Subscriptions to these other databases are required.

Cineuropa.org (free) will also be referenced occasionally as will Film New Europe (free). Subscribers to Screen International will also have access to Screenbase. In theory, all of these online databases list comprehensive rights held by distributors though, in fact, each in its own unique way is missing information or contains errors.

The EFM, Sundance and Winter Rights Roundup

The European Film Market is one of the three major international film markets of the world. Without it, we in the film industry would be sitting on a two-legged stool. Along with the Cannes Marche and the American Film Market, this is where the business which supports all of us in the film business takes place. Of course there are important markets in Hong Kong (Filmart), Busan, Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires, Guadalajara, and de facto markets at many festivals, chief of which are Toronto (TIFF) and Sundance. Acquisitions there are often included in these reports as well.

It is imperative for filmmakers, buyers, sellers and financiers to know what the competition is doing, to see what films – similar in sensibility – are selling, to whom they are selling and who is selling them. All who must intelligently strategize their entry into the marketplace must come armed with this knowledge. SydneysBuzz.com’s Rights Roundups Reports give detailed and comprehensive listings with links to sellers’ and buyers’ sites and to Cinando and IMDbPro sites to facilitate deeper research.

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