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Toronto 2012 Buyers' Guide: Who's Selling the Hot Titles, and Who May Be Buying

Photo of Jay A. Fernandez By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire September 5, 2012 at 12:28PM

The Toronto International Film Festival is unique among film festivals in its grand scope. With its broad mix of civilian audiences, distribution execs, sales agents, producers, press and filmmakers, Toronto fully exploits its early-September slot and enormous program as an event for everyone: launch promotion for a wide-release campaign, stock up on foreign pre-sales, earn critical momentum for an awards run, try out a new cut of a movie, start buzz among regular moviegoers, whatever. Unlike the other major festivals, it’s a wide-ranging bazaar for showcasing every kind of movie at any stage of development.
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"Arthur Newman"
TIFF "Arthur Newman"

The Toronto International Film Festival is unique among film festivals in its grand scope. With its broad mix of civilian audiences, distribution execs, sales agents, producers, press and filmmakers, Toronto fully exploits its early-September slot and enormous program as an event for everyone: launch promotion for a wide-release campaign, stock up on foreign pre-sales, earn critical momentum for an awards run, try out a new cut of a movie, start buzz among regular moviegoers, whatever. Unlike the other major festivals, it’s a wide-ranging bazaar for showcasing every kind of movie at any stage of development.

And in recent years, Toronto has become more of a sales market than ever. With an ever-revolving roster of new distributors and hungry established ones, the industry comes to Toronto looking to buy. While the 2011 fest’s acquisitions activity played out almost exclusively within the ranks of the smaller specialty houses, several observers who are Toronto regulars expect larger buyers to enter the fray this year. Open Road Films, FilmDistrict, Sony Pictures Classics, Oscilloscope, IFC Films/Sundance Selects/IFC Midnight, The Weinstein Co., Fox Searchlight, Focus Features, Lionsgate, Relativity, CBS Films, Music Box Films, Cohen Media Group, Magnolia Pictures/Magnet Releasing, Paramount Insurge, LD Entertainment — plus newer players RADiUS-TWC and A24 — are all potential shoppers as they look for last-minute awards possibilities and features for their 2013 slates.

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For handy reference, below is a list of the major acquisition titles at the festival and which sales agencies are representing them. Be sure to check back as information is added and updated, and films are taken off the table.

BY AGENCY

CAA

  • “Aftershock”
  • “Arthur Newman” w/UTA
  • “Artifact”
  • “Byzantium” w/WME
  • “Emperor”
  • “Greetings From Tim Buckley” w/Celluloid Dreams
  • “Much Ado About Nothing”
  • “The Place Beyond the Pines” w/WME
  • “Spring Breakers” w/Annapurna Pictures, Ted Field
  • “To the Wonder”
  • “Twice Born”
  • “Writers”
"Miss Lovely"
"Miss Lovely"


Cinetic Media

  • “Ginger & Rosa”
  • “Miss Lovely”
  • “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”
  • “Venus and Serena”


Elle Driver

  • “Free Angela & All Political Prisoners”
  • “Gangs of Wasseypur – Part One & Part Two”
  • “Painless”
  • “Peddlers”


Gaumont

  • “Camille Rewinds”
  • “The Dandelions”
  • “FBI: Frog Butthead Investigators”
  • “Only God Forgives”
  • “Paris Countdown”
  • “Paulette”
  • “Porn in the Hood”
  • “Pusher”
  • “Two Mothers”
"Passion"
"Passion"


Gersh

  • “The Brass Teapot”
  • “Inescapable”


HanWay Films

  • “Kon-Tiki”
  • “Me & You” w/ICM Partners


ICM Partners

  • “Detroit Unleaded”
  • “How to Make Money Selling Drugs” w/Larry Kopeikin
  • “Me & You” w/HanWay Films
  • “Passion” w/SBS Productions
  • “Yellow”


Paradigm

  • “Reincarnated”
  • “Still”


Pyramide International

"No Place on Earth"
TIFF "No Place on Earth"
  • “Children of Sarajevo”
  • “Gebo and the Shadow”
  • “A Lady in Paris”
  • “Three Worlds”


Submarine Entertainment

  • “Casting By”
  • “Janeane From Des Moines”
  • “The Lords of Salem” w/Automatik
  • “No Place on Earth”
  • “State 194”


UTA

  • “Arthur Newman” w/CAA
  • “Frances Ha”
  • “Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp”
  • “Imogene”
  • “Mr. Pip”
  • “Thanks for Sharing” w/WME


Wild Bunch

Thanks for Sharing, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo
  • “Dead Europe”
  • “The Last Supper”
  • “Rhino Season”
  • “The Suicide Shop”
  • “White Elephant”


WME

  • “Byzantium” w/CAA
  • “The Deep”
  • “The Place Beyond the Pines” w/CAA
  • “Thanks for Sharing” w/UTA
  • “What Maisie Knew”


Click through to the next page to see an alphabetical list.

This article is related to: Toronto International Film Festival, Festivals, Acquisitions





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